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Data and products that will update or convert to QuickBooks Simple Start

Note: This article provides detailed information on products that will convert to QuickBooks Simple Start only. You can also get information on converting to other versions of QuickBooks, or converting between versions of QuickBooks or Quicken.

QuickBooks versions whose company files will open or convert to QuickBooks Simple Start:

  • Prior versions of Simple Start company files. For example, you can open a Simple Start 2007 company file in Simple Start 2010. The application will open and convert your company file.
  • QuickBooks Pro and Premier company files from the version of QuickBooks. For example, you can open a QuickBooks Pro 2010 company file in Simple Start 2010.

Note: Beginning with Simple Start 2008, you can convert your Microsoft Office Accounting Express data to QuickBooks Simple Start format. For more information, review the QuickBooks Conversion Tool general information and requirements.



QuickBooks company files that will not update or open in Simple Start:

  • QuickBooks Pro and Premier company files from earlier QuickBooks versions. For example, you cannot open a QuickBooks Premier 2007 company file in Simple Start 2008.
  • QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions company files. You can only open an Enterprise Solutions company file in QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions software.

Other financial products that cannot be converted to Simple Start but can be converted to QuickBooks Pro, Premier, or Enterprise Solutions:

  • Quicken (all versions).
  • Peachtree Accounting.
  • Microsoft Small Business Accounting/Office Accounting

Troubleshooting tips

If you try to convert a file that is not designed to work with Simple Start, you will receive the following message:

This version of QuickBooks is designed especially for first-time users, and cannot open files from other QuickBooks products. You must start a new company file in order to use this product.

If you have already installed QuickBooks Simple Start, discover that it will not open your company file, and you want to uninstall Simple Start, use these instructions. Uninstalling Simple Start will not affect any QuickBooks company data files on your computer.


If this solution does not resolve the issue, you can read discussions and post messages and questions relating to your issue on the Intuit QuickBooks Community site for free, or you can contact a technical support agent for additional guidance. Fees may apply.



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