All You Need To Know About QuickBooks Ceasing Support for Windows 7
When Microsoft stops rolling out updates and any support for an operating system, it creates a chain of events. This is because when an operating system reaches its end of life, it becomes an easy target for people who are out for your data and information.
That is why as soon as Microsoft announced that it would end its support for Windows 7, Intuit also followed suit. Intuit is behind applications such as TurboTax and Quickbooks Desktop. This software handles sensitive information, including Social Security numbers and bank account details. That is why as of January 14, 2020, Intuit products can no longer be installed on machines running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.
So what does this mean for users? Well, we've prepared a bunch of questions you might have and provided answers for all of them.
I am using Quickbooks on Windows 7. What should I do?
If you want to continue using Intuit products on your machine, the best thing to do is upgrade your computer's operating system. The recommended operating system is Windows 10 as it is the latest one out of Microsoft. It is also the most secure system in the Windows ecosystem to date.
Do I need to buy another copy of Quickbooks or Turbotax when I upgrade?
No, if you already own a copy of Quickbooks or TurboTax, you can use the one you are currently using after you upgrade.
I use the online version of Quickbooks and Turbotax on Windows 7. Should I go and upgrade as well?
This news is for users of the desktop versions of Quickbooks and TurboTax. If you use the online version, you can still gain access to it as long as you pass the minimum system requirements. However, if you value your security, then upgrading to Windows 10 is a must.
How can I upgrade my Windows 7 machine?
You can visit the official Windows Support Page for help regarding installations and upgrades into Windows 10.
I use a hosted version of Quickbooks. What should I do?
If you are using a hosted version of Quickbooks, you should contact your hosting provider regarding the operating system's version.
Do I need to uninstall Quickbooks before I do the operating system upgrade?
When you do pursue the operating system upgrade, you don't need to uninstall Quickbooks. However, you are advised to back up all your data to an external storage device or through a backup service.
Navigating through end-of-life situations and operating system upgrades can be quite confusing. One small mistake and you can lose years upon years of data.
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