One day you may need to reinstall or move QuickBooks to another computer for several reasons. You can use the following steps to complete this process or call us at 1-888-877-3665 for expert QuickBooks desktop support.

How to Move QuickBooks Desktop using the Migrator Tool

You can now move your QuickBooks Desktop version and company files in a few clicks using the Migrator tool in QuickBooks Desktop 2019.

Manually moving to or reinstalling QuickBooks Desktop on another computer

Reinstall or move your QuickBooks Desktop installation

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

Backup and Restore Your Company Files

  1. On the old computer insert and USB thumb drive with enough space to back up your company files.
  2. From QuickBooks Desktop software select “File” – “Back Up Company” – “Create Local Backup
  3. From the “Create Backup” window select “Local Backup” and select “Next” to continue
  4. Select “Save it now” and select “Next” to continue.
  5. If the company files are stored on another machine such as a server you will receive a warning about the company files being stored on a remote computer select “OK” to continue.
  6. Now from the “Save Backup Copy” window select the USB thumb drive and select “Save”
  7. Once the backup process is complete you will receive a popup window notifying you of the successful backup
  8. On the new computer insert the same USB thumb drive you used to backup QuickBooks on your old pc.
  9. Open the new install of QuickBooks Desktop and select “Open or Restore an existing company
  10. Select “Restore a backup copy” and then select “Next” to continue.
  11. Select  “Local backup” and then select “Next” to continue.
  12. From the “OpenBackup Copy” window select the USB Thumb Drive and then the backup file you created on the old computer and then select “Open” to continue.
  13. Select “Next” on the next screen when asked, “Where do you want to restore the file?“.
  14. Select the folder where you would like to store your company files and select “Save
  15. Finally, you will be asked if you are going to be hosting or sharing the file with or QuickBooks users and their workstations select “Yes” if the file will be used in multi-user mode or “No” if you are the only user.

Congratulations you should now be at the login screen for your QuickBooks company file. If you are in need of assistance please contact 1-888-877-3665 for expert QuickBooks support that will safely complete these tasks for you. If you have any questions or comments please post below.