Sunsets are wonderful, beautiful things, unless you’re talking about a software sunset — a planned discontinuance of support for an older version of your software. That can be frustrating in certain situations. Here’s a story of a QuickBooks user who found a way around that.
But first, a bit of background. As of now, QuickBooks Windows and Mac versions for 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 are fully supported by Intuit. Prior versions are not. The 2008 version was “sunsetted” by Intuit in May of 2011. This is in accordance with their policy of supporting the current and prior two versions of QuickBooks (which in my opinion makes perfectly good sense, but that’s another subject).
From a user’s point of view, the sunset policy matters only if your software requires ongoing support by Intuit. But support means lots of different things in QuickBooks these days — not just payroll subscriptions, but online banking, credit card processing, online backups and, of course, telephone support.
If you don’t need any of that? You can keep using your old version just fine.
But what if you need to install and register your old version of QuickBooks on a new computer, and you don’t have your original install codes written down anywhere?
Intuit support won’t give them to you, because you are using an unsupported version.
In another blog post that describes how to move your QuickBooks installation from one computer to another, a user described how he was stymied. He had been using a 2007 version of QuickBooks and didn’t have his registration codes. So he couldn’t install the software on his new computer.
But…he figured it out! Since he still had access to his old computer, he found that he could pull his license number and product number from his existing installation and use that on his new computer. He gives the step by step instructions in his blog comment.
If you don’t have your original install CD, you’re still in business, because you can download old versions from Intuit’s website (at least as of today) from here.
It’s always possible, of course, that there will be a hitch in that registration process and the software will force you to call Intuit, in which case you’re out of luck. Likewise, you’re messed up if you don’t have your install codes written down AND you cannot access your original QuickBooks installation (if your hard drive totally failed, for example). But otherwise, you have a good chance of getting your old software up and running on new equipment.
That was one user’s experience, anyway.