Get to know the Windows 10 versions you require to make the most of your QuickBooks Desktop:

Switched to Windows 10? Thinking whether your QuickBooks software is compatible with your new windows version? Well, compatibility issues are often seen in QuickBooks, and it is very much important to get sorted with the compatibility of the version of QuickBooks you are using with the windows version. Compatibility issues can lead to a huge nuisance, which makes it important to find out whether your software needs to be updated or not. An Operating system plays a pivotal role in the overall experience of the QuickBooks application. It not only has a role in the number of features and updates you can get but also somewhat plays a part in the overall productivity. Windows 10 is currently one of the latest versions of the Operating system, which is also being used by a huge user base. Also, to ensure that you can get the best experience, the makers of QuickBooks Desktop have optimized their software to work well for all the available versions of Windows.

Considering the need for your software to be compatible with your Windows operating system, we have come up with this piece of article, where we’ll be discussing about the various facets of QuickBooks desktop compatibility with windows 10. So, stay hooked to learn how compatible is your accounting software. Whereas, if you are hunting for any type of help or want to talk with an accounting expert then contact our QuickBooks enterprise support team with the help of our dedicated helpline at 1-800-761-1787

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Latest updates in Windows 10

If you aren’t aware of what all new features and updates can be experienced by users with windows 10 in terms of look, feel, and features, then you can check the entire list below:

  • The new start menu seems to be similar to the start menu of windows 7.
  • Newer versions bring more control over optional updates.
  • Windows 10 consists of a virtual desktop known as the task switcher.
  • The cloud download for reinstalling windows.
  • Renaming virtual desktops.
  • Disk type and GPU temperature in the task manager.
  • One of the most compelling features of Windows 10 is that it includes the latest version of .Net Framework (4.6).
  • It features a virtual desktop, named as the task switcher.
  • The start menu in this versions of Windows looks similar to that of windows 7 OS.
  • The web browser Internet explorer 11 is available in the latest version of Windows, and it also includes a new browser named as the Microsoft Edge
  • Renaming Virtual Desktops
  • Disk type and GPU temperature in the task manager
  • WSL 2 with a Linux Kernel
  • Bandwidth limits for windows update
  • More control over optional updates

How to check the version of your Windows 10?

Before you move ahead with the process to check the compatibility of your QuickBooks software with windows 10. It is very much essential to learn which version of windows 10 you are using currently. This is the very initial fact of information that you need to know in order to move forward. Now, here are the steps that you need to go through in order to check your Windows 10 version:

  • Start by clicking on the Start menu and then type “About your PC” in the search box that reads type here to search.
  • Now, from all the options that pop-up, select About your PC.
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  • Once the new screen comes up on the display, scroll down the page and you will find the version number.
  • Go online and check for the latest version of Windows 10, it will show you all the list of Windows 10 versions and then you can match yours with the list.

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Windows 10 versions that are supported with QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier and Enterprise

As there is already quite a handful of Windows 10 versions in the market, some of the versions of QuickBooks desktop compatible with Windows 10. So, here are some of the versions that support this QuickBooks desktop without any error whatsoever:

Windows 10 version 1809 (latest):

Being the latest version of Win 10, version 1809 is certified to work perfectly with QuickBooks Desktop 2021 and QuickBooks Desktop 2022. We have yet to certify QB 2017-19 versions but as far as we have tested, no such errors have come up. So, you should not come across any trouble while using it in version 1809.

Windows 10 Version 1803:

This is the second-most latest version of Win 10. Version 1803 supports all the QuickBooks Desktop from 2017 onward. All these versions are fully certified to be working properly in Version 1803.

Windows 10 Version 1709:

This version of Windows 10 supports all the versions of QuickBooks Desktop from 2017 to 2020. All these versions are fully certified to be working properly in Version 1709.

Windows 10 Version 1507, 1511, 1607 and 1703:

In case you are using any one of these versions that you should update to the latest version of Windows 10. Firstly, the QuickBooks Desktop will not offer a great experience in these versions of operating systems. Also, Microsoft has already discontinued its support for these versions which means that you are missing out on a lot of features that you can experience just by updating to the latest version of Windows, which currently is Version 1809.

It should be noted that if you need to rollback a recent upgrade of windows 10, you can follow the steps on the process to recover or restore the previous version of Windows using Rollback feature from Microsoft Help. You can take assistance from IT or computer professional before making any changes to your windows operating system.

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Versions of QuickBooks Desktop Supported with Windows 10 (QuickBooks 2016 R7 and Later)

Now that you have explored the Windows 10 versions, it is recommended to check whether your QuickBooks version is supported by Windows 10 or not, as not all versions are supported. Thus, find out whether you need to update your QuickBooks desktop or will it be compatible with your operating system. A list of versions of QuickBooks desktop supported with Windows 10 is given below:

QuickBooks Desktop 2016 R7 and later versions

If you are a QuickBooks 2016 R7 and later user, then need not to worry you can switch to Windows 10, as these versions are compatible with Windows 10. The QuickBooks 2016 R7 and later version user should not bother, as they will not face any kind of compatibility issue with Windows 10.

QuickBooks Desktop 2015 & 2016 (Release 1-6)

Talking about the compatibility of QuickBooks Desktop 2015 & 2016 (R 1-6) with Windows 10, they are compatible only with a condition that .Net Framework 3.5 is enabled on the system, or else you might encounter certain issues.

QuickBooks Desktop 2014 and earlier

Now comes the QuickBooks desktop 2014 and earlier versions. Well, if you are a QuickBooks Desktop 2014 and earlier version, then it is high time to update your accounting software to the latest version, as these versions are not compatible with windows 10. If you are still using the earlier versions of QuickBooks software, then you are more likely to receive errors and issues. You might bump into different technical snags and compatibility issues, which might lead to serious problems related to your data and other activities with QuickBooks. Thus, make sure to update the software as soon as possible.

How to ensure optimal performance with QuickBooks desktop?

Despite the version of Windows 10 that you are using, there can be instances where you do not have .NET 3.5 Framework enabled. In such cases, you will lack a lot in terms of user experience. So, what you can do is to enable this function as it will offer you the smoothest experience possible of QuickBooks Desktop on Windows 10. Here are the steps that you need to follow in order to enable .NET Framework 3.5 to ensure optimal compatibility with QuickBooks Desktop:

  • Press the ‘Windows + R’ keys on your keyboard simultaneously, it will open up the Run Window.
Windows + R Keys - Screenshot
  • Now, in the textbox, type Control Panel and then click on the OK button.
  • Here select the Uninstall a Program option.
Uninstall and Reinstall QuickBooks on your server computer - Screenshot
  • Now hit a click on Turn Windows features on or off.
Turn Windows features on or off - Screenshot
  • If you see the box in front of .NET Framework 3.5 enabled and .NET Framework 4.5 as well, then you are good to go, otherwise check both of the boxes.
.NET Framework 3.5 enabled and .NET Framework 4.5 - Screenshot
  • Once done, hit a click on the OK button.

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These are all the versions of Windows 10 in which you can run different versions of QuickBooks Desktop. In case you are facing issues running the software on one of the versions which are tested to be working fine – you can contact our 24/7 QuickBooks support team by getting on the line using our dedicated support line i.e. 1(800)761-1787. We will help you to get your software running and will also take care of any other queries in the best manner.


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