Moving your file requires the following steps to ensure that your file is secured and you won't lose any data.

  1. Create a backup copy of your file on your old computer.
  2. Copy the backup file to your new computer.
  3. Install QuickBooks Desktop on your new computer.
  4. Restore the backup file on your new computer.
  5. Uninstall QuickBooks Desktop from your old computer.

This process does not affect QuickBooks Desktop license.

How to fix it

  • Rename the company file on the old computer to avoid using the wrong file.
  • If you are using payroll, download the latest tax table after you move your file.
  • It is not recommended to overwrite a company file. It is best to rename it before you restore a copy because overwriting your file with the wrong copy means losing your data.
  • The steps described in this article is for moving files from one computer to another. If you need to use the file over the network, visit Host your company data in multiuser mode.
  • If you have attached documents, please see Attached Documents are missing after changing file name or location.

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