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Move your company data file from your old computer to your new computer

There will come a time when you need to move your company data file from your old computer to a new computer. You will need to take several steps:

  • Back up your data file on your old computer.
  • Copy the back up from your old computer to your new computer.
  • Install QuickBooks on the new computer.
  • Restore the back up on the new computer.
  • Uninstall QuickBooks from the old computer.

This process does not affect your QuickBooks license.



  1. Be sure you either move or rename the file on the old computer so you don't accidentally work in the wrong file.
  2. These instructions are for moving your data from one computer to another. If you need to share your company file over a network, you can read more about how to host QuickBooks data files in multi-user mode
  3. If you use QuickBooks to do your payroll, be sure to download the latest payroll tax table after moving your company file.
  4. Never restore a company file without renaming it first because you might overwrite your existing company file. If you do, you will lose all data in your existing company file.

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NOTE:  If you have attached documents, please see:  Attached Documents are missing after changing file name or location


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