For a successful business, good bookkeeping is a necessary step. Using QuickBooks for this purpose is the most efficient method. It is a complete accounting software package that provides a clear vision of the profit levels, tracks inventory, manages invoice and payroll and looks after your BAS and GST related obligations.

After downloading QuickBooks as a bookkeeping accounting software for your business, the next idea pops up is how to update bookkeeping accounting software for small business.

QuickBooks Desktop can be updated both automatically and manually. For an automatic update, all you need to do is turn on ‘Automatic Updates’. Whenever a new update gets released, it will automatically get downloaded and installed.

To check for the latest release is better than freaking out about how to update bookkeeping accounting software for small business. For that you need to open QuickBooks Desktop -> then press F2 or Ctrl+1, this will open the Product Information window -> check your current version and new update release.

Steps to Set up Automatic Updates

The thought of how to update bookkeeping accounting software for small business that pops up every time can be released with this technique. You need to do it once and with every new update release; your software will get updated. The steps to follow are-  Go to ‘Help’ menu -> choose ‘Update QuickBooks Desktop’ -> go to ‘Update Now’ tab ->  To start your download , select ‘Get Updates’-> after finishing the download, restart QuickBooks -> accept the option to install the new released update. If you want to clear all the previous update downloads then: go to the ‘Help’ menu -> select ‘Update QuickBooks Desktop’ -> click on the checkbox for ‘Reset Updates’.

For future automatic updates:  Go to ‘Help’ menu -> select ‘Update QuickBooks Desktop’ -> go to ‘Options’ -> select ‘Yes’ for turning on automatic updates -> select ‘Close’. If you want an automatic update of all the computers connected over the network, then you need to select ‘Yes’ for each one of them.

Steps for Manual update setup

For manual setup, first, you need to download the latest updates, then follow the steps –

  1. Begin closing your company files and QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Then go to the Windows ‘Start’ menu and search for ‘QuickBooks Desktop’.
  3. Right-click on the icon to make it ‘Run as administrator’.
  4. Staying on the No Company Open screen, go to the ‘Help’ menu and choose ‘Update QuickBooks Desktop’.
  5. Hit on the ‘Option’ tab and choose ‘Mark All’. Press the ‘Save’ button.
  6. Next, go to the ‘Update Now tab’. Choose the checkbox for ‘Reset Update’.
  7. Select ‘Get Updates’ after you are completely ready.
  8. Finish the update, close and reopen QB Desktop and select ‘Yes’ for update installation.
  9. After finishing the entire installing process, restart your computer.

Alternatively, you can download specific updates directly from the official website. Go to ‘Downloads & Updates’ page -> select country from ‘Select Country’ dropdown list -> select product from ‘Select Product’ dropdown list -> select your software version according to the year from ‘Select Version’ dropdown -> select ‘Search’ -> select ‘Get Updates’ -> save the file on windows desktop -> install update -> restart your computer. If you want to install manual updates to all the computers connected over the network, then either access the install file in your computer from all others or use a flash drive to copy the file and move it to all of them.