Thinking about getting QuickBooks 2019 Desktop? There are new features like invoice status tracking, multi-monitor support, and an easier, more efficient way to pay bills.

What choices do you get when installing the software, and what is required at install time?

Here’s an installation walk through and the new feature list you’ll see when installing. (These screenshots were taken from QuickBooks Enterprise 2019, but the process is the same for Pro, Premier, or Accountant 2019.)

Do you have another version of QuickBooks running in another windows? Or another memory or CPU-intensive program running? Close them down so that the QuickBooks install will have plenty of elbow room
You’ve seen these many times. Click the checkbox to activate the Next button
These codes came with your software. If you can’t find them, you’ll need to talk with Intuit support. NOTE: Even after you enter these codes, you’ll still need to register your software after installation is completed
Here you set up some back end network settings that QuickBooks will use to tell where your data will be located
QuickBooks knows what its default program location should be. Don’t change it unless you have a good reason to. You DO NOT have to remove older versions in order to install the new version, so keep the old version out there unless there’s a good reason not to. (If you ever need to run the old software, it will be easier to have it already in place than having to reinstall it)
Click Install to commence the process. The installation will take several minutes
Off to the races! You will not be asked for any further input until installation is complete. And now you view the new feature slideshow…
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New vendor management feature in version 2019
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New efficiency improvements in version 2019
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New features to help you find the account you want
Almost home! QuickBooks 2019 Desktop requires a computer reboot to finish its setup. If anyone is logged into a program using data from your computer, make sure they get out before you reboot!
You’re in like Flynn! You’ll now have QuickBooks 2019 Desktop installed on your computer. Of course, if you are operating QuickBooks from multiple computers on your network, you’ll need to install QuickBooks on those other computers too. You’ll be able to open QuickBooks 2019 either from your Start menu or from a Desktop icon that QuickBooks created Even though QuickBooks 2019 Desktop is installed on your computer, you’ll still be required to register the program. QuickBooks will walk you through it once you open the program.

When you first open QuickBooks, it’s a good idea to check for updates. It is likely that there will be updates, and you want to be using them when you create or upgrade your company file. Click Help / Update QuickBooks Desktop to find and install any available program updates.

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sunset photoSunsets 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.

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