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Learn How to Update QuickBooks Desktop to the Latest Release

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  • How to Update QuickBooks Desktop for Windows
  • How to Update QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 
  • How to Update QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise Version

1: Update QuickBooks Desktop for Windows

Check Your Release Information

  • Open QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Now, tap F2 (or Ctrl+1 keys together) to launch the Product Information window.
  • Check what version and release you have currently.
check the product information
  • QuickBooks 2021 R17_21
  • QuickBooks 2022 R14_47
  • QuickBooks 2023 R11_35
  • QuickBooks 2024 R6_60

How to Install the QuickBooks Update

QuickBooks automatically downloads the updates after they become available. QB Desktop downloads these updates to the computer.  You’ll find the Update available on the status bar in the top right corner.

You can install the update manually, or you can close QuickBooks and keep the computer on. 

Here is how to install the update manually

  • Click on Update available
  • Now, choose Install Now to install the update.

The update might take a while. Therefore, sit back and allow it to be completed.

  • Once the update is finished, launch QuickBooks Desktop.

If you use QuickBooks payroll, download payroll updates before you send paychecks. However, you need an active payroll subscription. 

If you are not able to install the update directly from QuickBooks, you can do so from the Internet.

Can’t Install QuickBooks Update?

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Sometimes, the update may not be successful due to an error. In such scenarios, here’s what you should do.

1. Download the Update Again

Try downloading and installing the update a couple of times and check if it works.

  • Open QB Desktop and choose Help.
  • Click on Update QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Choose Update Now and select Get Updates.

Give the update a while to complete. Once it is finished, restart QuickBooks Desktop.

Now, press F2 and check the product information. If the release number is the same as it was before, try solution 2.

2. End Following Tasks
  • Close QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys together to open Task Manager.
  • Go to the details tab and find these background processes. Select them and choose the End task for each of them.
    • QBW32.exe or QBW.exe
    • QBCFMonitorService.exe
    • Qbupdate.exe
    • QBDBMgr.exe or QBDBMgrN.exe
    • QBMapi32.exe
  • Now, go to the Start menu and right-click on the QB Desktop icon.
  • Choose Run as administrator.

Now, attempt to install the update again.

2: Update QuickBooks Desktop for Mac to the Latest Release

In this section, we will walk you through the steps of installing the most recent release of QuickBooks Desktop for Mac.

check release Information to update quickbooks desktop to the latest releases
  • Open QuickBooks Desktop for Mac.
  • Now, press the Command + 1 keys together to launch the c window.
  • Check what version and release you have right now.
  • Check whether you have the latest release for your QuickBooks Desktop version.
    • QuickBooks Mac 2021 R14_2
    • QuickBooks Mac Plus 2022 R11_2
    • QuickBooks Mac Plus 2023 R6_2
    • QuickBooks Mac Plus 2024 R3_2

How to Update QB Desktop for Mac Manually

Let us show you how to update QuickBooks Desktop for Mac.

  • Open the QuickBooks menu. Click on Check for QuickBooks Updates.
  • Choose Install and Relaunch.
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Can’t Install the Update on QuickBooks Desktop for Mac?

Sometimes, the update fails due to an error, or the release number stays the same and doesn’t advance. Here is what you can do to successfully install the update.

    1. Download the update again

    Attempt to download the update a couple of times and check if the release number advances.

    • Open the QuickBooks menu. Click on Check for QuickBooks Updates.
    • Choose Install and Relaunch.

    Now check the release number. If it stays the same, continue to the next solution.

    2. Download from Intuit’s Website

    • Here is how you can download QuickBooks Update for Mac from Intuit’s official website.
      • Open the Downloads & Updates page.
      • Click on the standard setup.
      • Click on the Country dropdown menu and choose your country.
      • Click on the Product dropdown menu and choose your product.
      • Click on the Version dropdown menu and choose your version (year)
      • Tap on Search followed by Get the latest updates.

    Save the installation file somewhere. Once the download is finished, open the file and run the installation.

    Once done, restart the computer.

    3: Update QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise to the Latest Version

    update quickbooks desktop enterprise  to the latest version

    Step 1: Ensuring the Company File is Ready for the Update

    Before we go ahead and update QuickBooks Enterprise, we need to check and make sure the company file has no data damage.

    • Open QuickBooks Desktop and login as the Admin. Admin accounts usually have a password.
    • Open the Company menu and choose Users. Click on Edit the Admin user.
    • Check the company file name, and if there are special characters like “:” “&” and “/“, remove them. Now, ensure the extension is .qbw.
    • Now, exit and restart QuickBooks.
    • Click on the Window menu and choose Close All.
    • Open the File menu and choose Utilities.
    • Click on Verify Data.

    You might say, ‘QuickBooks detected no problems with your data file’. 

    However, if you see an error message, follow the instructions given to fix it. 

    Now, verify the company file data again.

    • Click on the Window menu and choose Close All.
    • Open the File menu and choose Utilities.
    • Click on Verify Data.

    Once you make sure there are no errors or data damage, you can go ahead and install QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise version update.

    Step 2: Install QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise Version

    First, download the latest version of QB Desktop Enterprise. Save the file somewhere you can easily open it from.

    • Now, close any running programs, which include antivirus and security software.
    • Open the QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise update file you downloaded.
    • Click on Server Install and choose Database Server and QuickBooks Application
    1. If you only have a server installed, you should install the update over the previous version. Alternatively, you can use the full program install.
    2. In case you have the full program including the QuickBooks Database Manager on the computer, you can go ahead and install the previous version. You are also free to keep both versions. Moreover, one Database Manager will suffice for more than one version installed.
      • Now, go along the onscreen prompts and complete the installation. However, if you see an error, or the update fails, restart the system and install the update again.
      • Open QuickBooks Desktop and sign into the company file.

    Log in as an administrator. QuickBooks Desktop will create a backup for your company file before updating it. The company file will open once the update is finished.

    Once you’ve successfully installed your new version, you can uninstall old versions of QuickBooks from the server, including any database managers.

    Here is how you can do that:

    • Open the Windows Start menu.
    • Go to Settings and choose Control Panel.
    • Click on Add or Remove Programs.
    • Find the old version of QuickBooks and choose Uninstall/change.

    Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the program.

    Step 3: Configure Network and Server Settings

    We will guide you through setting up the network to use QuickBooks on multiple workstations.

    • Press the Windows Start button
    • Choose Programs.
    • Tap on QuickBooks and choose QuickBooks Database Manager.
    • Click on Scan Folders.
    • Now, add the folder where the company file is stored.
    • After that, scan the folder. 

    You’ll be able to see the company file at the bottom of the window.

    • Exit the Database Server Manager.
    • Also, make sure to install the latest QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise version on your workstations as well.

    Wrapping It Up

    1. How do I update to QuickBooks desktop to 2024 the newest release?

    To update QB Desktop on Windows, go to the status bar in the top right corner where you will see Update available. Click on it followed by Install now.

    2. Has QuickBooks 2024 been released?

    Yes, QuickBooks Desktop 2024 has been out for a while. Learn all about QuickBooks Desktop 2024, its product specifications, and more in our article.

    3. How to upgrade to QuickBooks 2024?

    You can use Discovery Hub to upgrade to QuickBooks Desktop 2024.
    a. Go to the Discovery Hub.
    b. Tap on Upgrade to QuickBooks 2024.
    c. Choose Proceed to upgrade and select Upgrade now.
    d. In case you want both versions, you can choose to keep the old version on my computer. If you don’t want that, leave it blank.
    e. Once it is finished, open QuickBooks.

    4. What is the newest version of QuickBooks Desktop?
    QuickBooks Desktop 2024 is the latest QBDT version. The QuickBooks version is different from the QuickBooks release.

    Here are the latest releases available for your QuickBooks version:
    a. QuickBooks 2021 R17_21
    b. QuickBooks 2022 R14_47
    c. QuickBooks 2023 R11_35
    d. QuickBooks 2024 R6_60

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