Move or reinstall QuickBooks Desktop to another computer

by James Ryter QuickBooks Error 6130

The steps to move QuickBooks Desktop to another computer are quite easy if users know the right set of steps required. While there are uncountable third-party tools that can facilitate the process, it is strongly recommended to make use of QuickBooks Migration Tool to move QuickBooks desktop to another computer.

Points to Note

        Verify that you have the QuickBooks setup files on an external storage device or the installation DVD.

        You'll need your license key and registration ready if you want to install QuickBooks on a separate computer.

        Make sure your internet connection is strong.

        For storing QuickBooks backup data, you have to always have a USB flash drive on available.


Process to transfer QuickBooks Desktop to another computer

Use QuickBooks Migration Tool

Step 1: Transferring the company data from previous system

·         Open QuickBooks Desktop on the old computer.

·         Click on the File menu.

·         Check that the USB flash drive is inserted into the old computer.

·         Click the Move QuickBooks to another Computer link under the Utilities section of the File menu.

·         Choose "I'm Ready" to create a password to protect the files on the USB Flash drive that belong to your firm.

·         After choosing your USB Flash drive from the instructions page that displays on the screen, click on proceed.

·         The time taken for the copying process will depend on the size of the files.

·         Once the backup process is complete, be careful to remove QuickBooks Desktop from the previous computer by doing the following steps:

o   From the start menu, access the Control Panel.

o   Navigate to Programs and Features section.

o   From the list, pick QuickBooks program, then hit on uninstall.


Step 2: Switch to New Computer

        Access the USB flash drive from My Computer.

        Search for the Move_ QuickBooks file.

        Double-click the file “migration.bat” on your USB flash drive to start the migration tool.

        The password you previously entered has to be typed again.

        Select Let's go from the menu.

        Keep an eye out for when the migration process is over.


Manual way to move QuickBooks Desktop from Old Computer to a new Computer

Here are some steps you need to follow to transfer QuickBooks Desktop from old Computer to a new Computer manually.

Step 1 Create backup of the company files and QuickBooks license


To create a backup of your company files and QuickBooks license, you can follow these steps:

·         Open QuickBooks and log in to your company file as the administrator.

·         Click on the "File" menu and select "Create Backup."

·         In the "Create Backup" window, choose the location where you want to save the backup file. It's recommended to save the backup file to an external hard drive or a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive.

·         Select the "Local Backup" option and click "Next."

·         Choose the "Save Backup Copy Automatically" option and set a backup schedule that suits your needs.

·         Select the "Complete Verification" option to ensure that your backup file is error-free.

·         Click "Next" and then click "Save Backup" to start the backup process.

·         Once the backup is complete, you'll be prompted to save the backup file to the location you specified earlier.

·         To backup your QuickBooks license, you'll need to locate and copy the file that contains your license information. The file is called "QBregistration.dat" and it's usually located in the same folder as your QuickBooks program files.

·         Once you've located the file, make a copy of it and save it to a safe location, such as an external hard drive or a cloud storage service.


Step 2 Restore the backup of the company files on the new system

To restore a backup of your company files on a new system, you can follow these steps:

·         Install QuickBooks on your new system if you haven't already done so.

·         Connect the external hard drive or other storage device that contains your backup file to your new system.

·         Open QuickBooks and go to the "File" menu.

·         Select "Open or Restore Company."

·         Choose the "Restore a Backup Copy" option and click "Next."

·         Select the backup file you want to restore and click "Open."

·         Choose the location where you want to restore the backup file. You can restore it to the default location or choose a custom location.

·         Click "Save" to start the restore process.

·         QuickBooks will prompt you to choose a name for the restored company file. You can choose to use the original name or a new name.

·         Click "Next" and then "Restore" to complete the process.


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The process should have assisted you to move or reinstall QuickBooks Desktop to another system. If you feel any issue during the process, just get in contact with our team at the helpline 1 800 761 1787.

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