If you are using a US version of QuickBooks Desktop (single user ONLY), check out the new migrator tool! It moves your program AND your files (up to three) with little effort on your part. It is being turned on in a phased approach over several weeks so if you don’t see it now, it’s coming.

To reinstall or move your QuickBooks Desktop installation

  1. Have your product and license information available.
  2. Uninstall existing QuickBooks program before attempting a reinstall.
  3. On the computer where you want QuickBooks Desktop installed, download the installation files or insert the CD.
  4. Install QuickBooks Desktop as you normally would. See Install QuickBooks Desktop for more detailed steps.

Common questions about reinstalling or moving an existing installation

Migrate QuickBooks Tool (US Only)

It is being turned on in a phased approach over several weeks so if you don’t see it now, it’s coming.

How it works
What you’ll need
What gets copied
Moving your program and files
What to do next

How it works

The Move QuickBooks tool automates most of the tasks involved with moving QuickBooks Desktop from your old computer to your new one. It works like this:

  • You must be the Admin user to use the Move QuickBooks tool.
  • You’ll create a complex password to unlock everything that is transferred on your new computer.
  • Write the password down so you don’t forget it. You’ll only need this password once.  
  • The tool will copy up to the last 3 company files opened (and all supporting files) to a USB flash drive.
  • You’ll use the USB flash drive to physically move the files but the migrator tool does all the technical work.
  • The tool will download the right version of QuickBooks Desktop to your new computer and sets it up with your files.
  • The tool won’t reformat your drive or erase any of your other files.

What you’ll need

  • Have your new computer connected to the internet
  • A USB flash drive with enough free space to hold your QuickBooks files. The Move QuickBooks tool will tell you how much free space you need. Most people need between 150 and 250 MB.   

What gets copied

We will copy all of the data required to get QuickBooks Desktop up and running on your new computer. None of your data will be deleted from your old computer.

The tool DOES copy:

  • QuickBooks Desktop details: This includes the version & others details required to install QuickBooks Desktop on your new computer
  • Recent company files: QuickBooks will copy up to the last 3 company files that you opened on the old computer, including sample files
  • Related files, custom templates & forms
  • QuickBooks letters and templates
  • Scheduled & memorized reports
  • Local attachments
  • Printer Setting (PrintEng.ini, wpr.ini, and QBPrint.qbp)
  • Spell Checker (spell.ini and UserDictionary.tlx)
  • Financial Statement Designer (FSD clients)
  • Financial Statement Designer (FSD data)
  • Cash Flow Projector (.cfp)
  • Business Planner (.bpw)
  • Loan Manager (.lmr)
  • Statement writer (for QuickBooks Accountant)
  • Advanced reports (for QuickBooks Enterprise)

The tool does NOT copy:

  • Multi-user setup: If you are using QuickBooks Desktop in a multi-user setup, the configuration will not be copied to your new computer.
  • Payroll & payment setup: If you have payroll or payments services set up on your old computer, you will have to log in again on the new computer as part of our effort to protect your data.
  • Intuit Data Protect (IDP): If you have Intuit Data Protect, you’ll need to uninstall it on the old computer, sign in again on the new computer and go through the setup process. All previous backups will still be available.
  • Older Company Files: Any company files that you haven’t recently opened will not be copied. QuickBooks will copy only the 3 most recently opened company files. Any others will have to be moved manually or restored from IDP.
  • Backup files: Any manual backups that you created will not be copied.

Moving your program and files

  1. On the menu bar, go to File > Utilities > Move QuickBooks to another computer.
  2. Then follow the prompts in the Move QuickBooks tool. It will take you through step by step.

Your migrator files will be automatically deleted from your USB flash drive when you’re done. Your QuickBooks files will still be on your old computer. We strongly recommend you change the name of the file(s) on the old computer to avoid using the wrong file.

What to do next

As we explained above since the tool doesn’t address these items, here are some additional tasks you may need do next to in order to get up and running on the new computer, depending on your situation.