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How to Install QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2024

After you have accessed your Intuit account and purchased your subscription, you will be able to download QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2024 and upgrade your QB file.

Log in to your Intuit account at Under Products and Services, select the recently purchased subscription and then select Details to show your new license and product numbers, as well as a link to download the software.

    • Download the software to your local computer and save it in your Downloads folder. Note: if you are setting QB up on a network, review the network instructions at the end of this post.
    • Close all QuickBooks programs
    • Locate QuickBooksProSub2024.exe in the Downloads folder, and double-click to run it.
    • Click on the QB license agreement to show the checkbox and then accept the terms.
    • Enter your new license and product numbers.
    • Choose Custom and Network options.
      • If you are not operating two copies of QuickBooks on a network, choose “Using QuickBooks on this computer.”
      • Do not replace the existing version. The installation location is usually \Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks 2024
    • When the installation is complete, re-boot your computer.
    • Open QuickBooks and click Begin Activation, which should be quick and automatic.
    • From the center bottom square, choose Open or Restore a Company File
    • Browse for the *.qbw file, making sure it is the most recent working file
    • If you receive an error message -6123, then repeat the same steps. The second time it should be successful.
    • Confirm that you are upgrading your QB file, and that you understand that it can’t be used in an earlier version.
    • QuickBooks will verify your payroll subscription, and check for payroll updates.

A new version of QuickBooks Desktop should be available to download in the fall of each year, and your subscription payment will renew annually.


If you are installing on a network, your settings should carry over from your previous QB version. First, install QuickBooks Desktop on the computer where your company file is also stored and use the option “Using QB on this computer AND making the company file available over the network.” Then install QuickBooks Desktop on the other computers, indicating “Using QB on this computer.” Your subscription allows installation of QuickBooks on multiple computers, and allows simultaneous users working in the same company file at the same time only if you have paid the additional $200 for each additional user.

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