Get the step-by-step guide for installing QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise for the first time

So, you have finally decided to incorporate QuickBooks desktop enterprise. Well, this is a great decision, but it comes with lots of queries. As a newbie, you might not be knowing the installation or upgrading process. QuickBooks desktop enterprise is an advanced accounting software that assists countless business owners to manage the accounting activities. If you are also looking for a comprehensive guide to install and setup, then today’s post can be pretty much helpful to you. So, make sure to read this post till the end.

Whereas, if you know nothing about QuickBooks and don’t want to experiment with the software, then make sure to contact some professionals will renowned experience in dealing with QB software. You can also ring up at our toll-free number i.e. 1-888-291-2294, and ask our QuickBooks enterprise technical support team for assistance. Our experts and certified accounting professionals will be happy to install and setup the QuickBooks desktop enterprise for you that too without any technical issue.

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What is QuickBooks enterprise solutions?

Well, before you dig in deep and learn the process of installing and setting up QuickBooks desktop enterprise, let us first take a glance on this software. QuickBooks desktop enterprise is basically an accounting software, known worldwide for its efficiency, easy to use interface, and productivity. Entrepreneurs all over the world, prefer this accounting software and rely on it for all sorts of accounting and bookkeeping activities. It is an advanced accounting software that assists in managing all sorts of accounting activities in an efficient way and that too with least possible time. It is developed by Intuit and includes lots of features and functionalities. Now that you know a little bit about the software, it is time to begin with the installation process.

Process to install and set-up QuickBooks desktop enterprise

The process to install and set up QuickBooks desktop enterprise involves four simple steps namely:

  1. Testing the network for security
    • Backing up the earlier accounting system
    • Selecting the option for setting up the network
    • Testing the network bandwidth
    • Verifying and authenticating the firewall and AV settings
    • Checking the system requirements
    • And checking the compatibility requirements
  2. Installing QuickBooks enterprise solutions
  3. Setting up multi-user hosting
  4. Configuring Enterprise to the business
    • QuickBooks desktop setup
    • Creating users and rules

In this post, we will be exploring each of the steps in detail, so let us begin:

Step 1: Preparing and testing the network

Well, before installing the QuickBooks, the most important things to know are networking, file sharing, and permission. The user is supposed to take all backup of the accounting system and then configure it. After that set up the network, via the three options listed below:

Central server option:

Central server option - Screenshot

This option demands to download and install the QuickBooks database server manager, where the user can store all company files

Peer to peer option:

Peer to peer option - Screenshot

The next option involves downloading and installing QuickBooks enterprise on every workplace or any computer system. One of the systems will be used to store the company file, whereas the other users can easily access files on the network

Remote desktop services:

Remote desktop services - Screenshot

The last and the third option shows that the QuickBooks enterprise software is already installed on the central server. In this method, others will not be able to access the QB application or open the company file.

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Step 2: Installing QuickBooks enterprise

Now, the user is supposed to install QuickBooks enterprise version, for which the steps below can be implemented:

  • The very first step is to close the tabs consisting anti-virus program in the system
  • And then click on the downloaded file to download latest version of QuickBooks enterprise
  • Now, install the software by carrying out the on-screen instructions that display on the desktop.
  • The user will then be required to select any of the three options appearing on the screen
Installing QuickBooks enterprise - Screenshot
  • After the configuration process completes, make sure to carry out the on-screen prompts

Once the above steps complete, the user is then required to jump on to the steps below:

Step 3: Setting up multi-user hosting

Multi-user hosting basically allows 1 PC to host multiple user access. In case you have installed the QuickBooks database server manager, then there is no need to empower multi-user hosting to access the server. The steps involved in setting up multi-user hosting are as follows:

  • It should be noted that only one single user can host a multi-user access
  • The user is supposed to check the multi-user host and enable it on the server
  • Open the QuickBooks desktop software on a server
  • Select the file and click on the utilities option
Utilities option - Screenshot
  • After that check that stop hosting multi access is displayed in the utilities option
Stop Hosting Multi-User Access - Screenshot
  • If the option appears on the screen, carry out the instructions below:
    • The user is supposed to select the file and then choose the utilities tab
    • And then, click on Yes, when it starts to confirm the multi-user access
  • Close when prompted and then re-open the company file. Click on yes and move ahead.

Step 4: Configuring the QuickBooks enterprise for business

Setting up QuickBooks enterprise is very simple, all you need to do is carry out some basic instructions and then click the start tab.

Quick start center:

This is basically used to create invoices, bills and checks, and sales receipts, etc. With this, the user can also view customer and vendor account balance.

Reviewing the chart of accounts:

QuickBooks creates the chart of accounts depending upon the business during the setup procedure. The user is supposed to review and check it, which will help in editing the desired thing with much ease.


If the user subscribes to this service, then the user has to add a year to date payroll information. In case it is not present, then the payroll tax information might be erroneous.

Backing up the company file:

Online service is considered to be the best for backup company file. It is basically the part of the active subscription and works very safely.

Step 5: Creating users and rules

This step is a part of the fourth step, where the user will have to create rules and users in QuickBooks enterprise solution. The steps involved in this process are as follows:

Setting up a rule:

  • The very first step is to start the QuickBooks desktop enterprise
  • And then, move to the company menu, and click users, along with that click on the set-up users. Also, click the rules
  • The next step is to click the role list tab
  • Along with that click on the new tab
  • Type in the name of the rule in the rule name field and then select an existing rule
  • Also, provide access levels to the activities
  • And lastly click on OK tab

Setting up a user:

  • In order to set up a user list tab
  • And then click on a new tab
  • The next step is to fill the name of the user in the user name field
  • And then type in the password in the password field and confirm the password fields
  • Also, assign the rules to this user and hit OK button

Congratulations, you are all done!

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FAQ’s about Installation and Setup of QuickBooks Enterprise

Ques 1: What should I do If I’m having trouble installing QuickBooks desktop Enterprise?

Ans. Encountering issues in installing QuickBooks desktop enterprise has become pretty common these days. The basic troubleshooting steps to get rid of this issue includes the following:

  • First of all, the user needs to verify that the system meets the basic requirements
  • And the restart the system
  • After that, the user needs to close all open programs, which includes antivirus program and windows task manager. The user is also required to click on the applications tab and then close all open programs
  • The next step is to make an attempt to install QuickBooks desktop enterprise again

Ques 2: What if I can’t find my license number or product number?

Ans. While some one purchases the QuickBooks desktop enterprise, he/she gets an email containing the license and product numbers. In case this information can’t be accessed, then in that case a couple of steps could be followed.

For the ones who have purchased QuickBooks desktop enterprise via CD, they can have a look at the sticker on the CD folder. In case you can’t find it, but you have the software installed on another system, then you can spot the license number product number easily by following the steps below:

  • First of all, open QuickBooks desktop enterprise on another system, where it is installed
  • And then, press F2 and Ctrl + 1, in order to open the product information screen
  • The next step is to write down the license and product number and hit OK button

Ques 3: How to download and install an update or patch?

Ans. In order to download and install an update or patch, the user needs to visit the Enterprise customer resource center downloads page and then install the latest version. The user can carry out the onscreen instructions to install the update or can consult a professional.

Ques 4: How do I restore the company file?

Ans. In order to restore the company file, the user can carry out the steps below:

  • Firstly, visit the file menu and then click on open or restore company
  • The next step is to select the restore a backup copy and then click on next and then follow the on-screen prompts

In order to view the detailed instructions for each backup and restore option and then hit click on help menu.

Ques 5: What should I do if I forget my password?

Ans. If you saw the error message stating “The password you typed is incorrect”, then your password might include mixed case characters. QuickBooks supports case sensitive passwords. The user can carry out the steps below:

  • The first step is to make an attempt to log in by entering the login name of Admin and then click on OK without typing a password
  • After that, the user is supposed to enter the password with Caps lock or num lock turned off
  • Also, the user needs to type in the password in a text editor to confirm that the keyboard is functioning properly
  • The next step is to enter the password variations using the upper- and lower-case characters together
  • The user needs to enter the password without a space before or after the password

Or you can also click on I forgot my password link and carry out the onscreen instructions.

Ques 6: Can I install different versions of QuickBooks desktop enterprise?

Ans. The answer to this question is definitely “YES”. The user can install multiple versions of QuickBooks desktop enterprise on the same system. The point that matters over here is that all the users of a company file must be using the same version of QuickBooks, in order to avoid any further mess. Different versions can be open at the same time, whereas different editions must be opened one at a time.

Ques 7: How to I purchase additional user licenses?

Ans. QuickBooks desktop enterprise permits more than one user to access the company file at the same time. The user can purchase additional licenses, if needed, instead of buying additional copied of QuickBooks desktop Enterprise. This can be done by visit the help menu and then click on the manage my license and then click on the buy additional user license, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Ques 8: What if I don’t have internet explorer on my system?

Ans. Well, Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or later installed in the system is mandatory, in order to use the QuickBooks desktop Enterprise. In case the user is not having any version installed of Internet explorer, then the user needs to download the latest version from the official Microsoft website.

Winding up!

At the end of this post, we expect that the information shared in above might help the users in successfully installing and setting up the QuickBooks desktop enterprise. However, in case of any difficulty or any query, you can feel free to call us at our toll-free number i.e. 1-888-291-2294.

Our QuickBooks desktop support team works day and night to provide the best possible support services to all the QB users. Thus, do not hesitate in contacting us, our experts and certified Intuit professionals will be happy to help you.


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