How do I move my Quicken data file from one computer to another?

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Overview

There are a few things to understand before you move your data file:

  • You do not need to buy another copy of Quicken if you're just moving your data file.
    • For steps to download and reinstall a digital copy, click here.
    • For steps to reinstall from a CD copy, click here.
  • See Can I Install Quicken On Multiple Computers? for more information on using Quicken on more than one computer.
  • The same version of Quicken must be installed on the computer you're moving your Quicken data file to.
  • You should not open or run Quicken on a network.
  • For steps to convert from Quicken for Windows to Quicken for Mac or vice versa, click here.  

Quicken for Windows

Step 1: Install Quicken on your new computer

  1. Install Quicken on the new computer.  
  2. Make sure Quicken is on the latest release; Quicken should update when you install, but if you need help with this step, click here.

Step 2: Put a copy of your Quicken file on an external disk

  1. On your old computer, open Quicken and select the File > Backup
  2. Backup your data file to an external drive or disc, such as a USB drive, that you can use to move this backup to your new computer.

Step 3: Restore your Quicken file on the new computer

  1. Connect the external drive or disc to the new computer.
  2. Open the external drive or disc. To locate the external drive: 
    1. In Windows 7, you can go to Start > My Computer.
    2. In Windows 10, right-click the Start menu and select File Explorer.
  3. Drag your Quicken file from the external drive or disc to your new computer's desktop.
  4. Open Quicken, and select the File > Restore Backup File. Navigate to your desktop and select your Quicken backup to restore the data file.
  5. Click OK

Quicken for Mac

Step 1: Install Quicken on your new computer

Step 2: Put a copy of your Quicken file on an external disk

  1. On your old computer, open Quicken and select File > Save a Backup
  2. Backup your data file to an external drive or disc, such as a USB drive, that you can use to move this backup to your new computer.

Step 3: Restore your Quicken file on the new computer

  1. Connect the external drive or disc to the new computer.
  2. Open Quicken, and select File > Restore from Backup
  3. In the left pane, your external drive will be listed under Devices. Select it, then locate the backup file you created and double-click it.
  4. Click Restore This File... then select a location in the 'Where" dropdown to save the restored file. Choose a location on the local drive of the new computer, such as the Documents folder.
  5. Click Restore
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