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Convert Data From an Earlier Version of Quicken

Updated: 4/07/2014 | Article ID: GEN82390

Learn how to convert your older Quicken data file to work in your newer version of Quicken.

When you open your Quicken data file in a new version of Quicken, your data file is updated to work with the newer program's architecture.  We call this converting your software.  You can also "convert" your data from Quicken for Windows to Quicken for Mac (or vice versa). 

How do I start the conversion process for Quicken 2004 or newer?

The first time you open your data file in your new version of Quicken, it will ask to start the conversion process.

  • If Quicken doesn't find your file automatically -- don't worry -- we can help you find it. 
  • You can also move Quicken files between computers for those of you who need to move Quicken to a new computer or between your work office and home.
  • When you convert your data file, you will no longer be able to use it back in your old version of Quicken.   It's not something you'd normally do anyway since Quicken uninstalls your older version when you upgrade. But if you need your original data files, you can find them in the Documents\Quicken\QXXFILES folder (XX equals the last two digits of the Quicken version you used before converting the file. So for Quicken 2013, the subfolder is named \Q13FILES.


I had Quicken 2003 or older. Can I convert directly to my new version of Quicken?

If you are converting from a Quicken 2003 or older, it may be necessary to use an intermediate version in order to safely convert your data file. (more info).

I had Quicken for Mac. Now I have Quicken for Windows.

Instructions for importing from Quicken for Mac to Quicken for Windows can be found here.

I had Quicken for Windows. Now I have Quicken for Mac

Instructions for exporting from Quicken for Windows to Quicken for Mac can be found here.

What if I have Starter Edition now, but had a different version before?

If you're using Starter Edition now, but used Quicken Deluxe, Premier, Home & Business, or Rental Property Manager, your data file will not convert.  Open your data file in a new version of Quicken by adding additional features.

What do I do if the data is not correct after converting?

If you are updating your data file from a much older version, you may run into issues converting your data.  Please go to the following article to understand your options.  Missing or Incorrect Data After Converting to the Latest Version of Quicken

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