How to Upgrade to QuickBooks Desktop 2024

QuickBooks Desktop 2024 is the latest version of Intuit’s acclaimed accounting software for small businesses. With improved features for workflows like inventory management, Payroll, reporting, and more, it’s a worthwhile upgrade for current QuickBooks Desktop users. Upgrading provides access to new capabilities that can save time and help run finances more efficiently.

While the process is relatively simple for anyone comfortable with software upgrades, it’s important to take some precautions to ensure a smooth transition. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to successfully upgrade QuickBooks Desktop to the 2024 version.

Backup Your QuickBooks Data File

The first crucial step is to back up your QuickBooks data file. This safeguards your financial data and company file containing all accounting transactions in case anything goes wrong. To back up:

  • Launch QuickBooks Desktop and go to File> Back Up Company > Create Local Backup.
  • Choose a location to save the backup copy on your local hard drive or external storage device.
  • Use a distinctive name like Backup_QB_10-19-2023 so it’s easily identifiable.
  • You can set a reminder to backup regularly under File> Back Up Company > Schedule Backup.

Review Company Data for Errors

Before installing the new version, do a thorough review of your company file data to fix any errors. This helps avoid data corruption issues post-upgrade.

Some steps to take:

  • Reconcile bank/credit accounts and correct any discrepancies.
  • Run an Audit Report under Accounts > Audit Trail > Show Audit Trail. Review and correct errors.
  • Clear unresolved transactions and deleted lists under File> Utilities > Cleanup Company Data Files.
  • Condense your company data file under File> Utilities > Condense Data to remove excess file space.

Install QuickBooks Desktop 2024

When your company file data is cleaned up and backed up, you’re ready to install QuickBooks Desktop 2024.


Go to the QuickBooks website and download the latest installer file for the 2024 version. Make sure to download the correct bit version (32-bit or 64-bit) for your computer.


Once downloaded, run the installer .exe file. Follow the on-screen instructions to install QuickBooks Desktop 2024 on your computer. Be sure to install it in the same folder location as your current version so the installer can automatically detect your existing company file.


The new version may require reactivation using your License and product number. This information is typically found under Help> Manage License. QuickBooks will guide you through the activation process.

Update Existing Company File to New Format

After installing QuickBooks Desktop 2024, open your existing company file. You’ll be prompted to update the File to the new format.

Make Backup Copy

QuickBooks first creates a backup copy of your company file and opens it for the upgrade. If you want an additional backup, make a manual copy of your company file before proceeding.

Perform Update

Go through the on-screen instructions to update your company file to work with the new version. QuickBooks will optimize and convert the file format.

Verify Converted Data

Once the conversion finishes, spend time verifying that all your company data, lists, accounts, transactions, etc., have been properly updated and no errors occurred. Check financial reports and reconcile accounts again.

Install QuickBooks Updates

After upgrading, there may be additional updates available for QuickBooks Desktop 2024. Install these promptly to ensure you are running the latest release.

  • Go to Help > Check for Updates > Update Now to install updates.
  • Or, enable automatic update checks under Edit > Preferences > Updates.

Adjust Preferences and Settings

Some preferences and settings may need tweaking after an upgrade.

  • Recheck program preferences under Edit > Preferences – update settings like date format, account numbers, online services, etc.
  • Review item lists, account numbers, and other lists to make sure all names/numbers match between the old and new versions.
  • Set up email, invoice, sales tax, Payroll, and other settings again as needed.
  • Update memorized transaction lists if necessary under Lists > Memorized Transactions.

Retrain Employees on New Features

For a smooth transition, provide training to employees on the new features and changes in QuickBooks Desktop 2024.

  • Go over the Improved User Interface, if applicable, so that employees can navigate it easily.
  • Show employees time-saving features like Batch Transaction Editing, Visual Budget Tracking, etc.
  • Train staff on using the new reports, visual charts, enhanced search, and other features.
  • Explain additional capabilities like expanded Payroll, improved Inventory management, etc., if applicable.

Leverage Enhanced Features

Once fully upgraded, it’s time to leverage the great new features in QuickBooks Desktop 2024 to enhance your financial processes.

Reports and Insights

  • Take advantage of better standard reports and customization options.
  • Add visual presentations like graphs to reports for improved insights.
  • Set up advanced reports like cash flow projections to aid planning.

Inventory Improvements

  • Use serial/lot number tracking and set preferred vendors for each inventory item.
  • Customize inventory reports and add key ones to the Dashboard for better visibility.

Payroll Enhancements

  • Use new features like bonus processing, group employee payments, pre-run payroll reports, and more.
  • Set up payroll schedules to process future dated payments.

Transaction Productivity

  • Use Batch Transaction Editing to modify transactions efficiently in bulk.
  • Speed up account reconciliation with auto-transaction matching and quick undo capability.

Troubleshoot Issues

Despite best efforts, some issues may crop up when upgrading. Here are tips on resolving common problems:

  • Use the QuickBooks Error Support tool to diagnose and fix many errors.
  • If accounts are missing transactions, try cleaning up data again and condensing your company file.
  • For data corruption issues, run a validate and rebuild operation using the Rebuild Utility.
  • For installation problems, try uninstalling and reinstalling the new version cleanly.
  • Use the QuickBooks Community forums or contact customer support for Help.

Key Takeaways on Upgrading to QuickBooks Desktop 2024

Upgrading to QuickBooks Desktop 2024 allows access to the latest features and improvements that can really optimize accounting for your small business. Follow best practices like backing up data, cleaning up your company file, verifying converted data, and retraining employees to ensure a smooth upgrade experience. Take advantage of the new capabilities in reports, Payroll, inventory and more. Be prepared to troubleshoot minor issues. With some care and planning, you can seamlessly transition to the newest version of this robust accounting software.

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