How to uninstall QuickBooks in current Windows operating systems for your Dell PC

How to uninstall QuickBooks in current Windows operating systems for your Dell PC



The following article provides information on how to remove QuickBooks from your Dell PC using the Windows operating system.


Table of Contents:

  1. Uninstalling QuickBooks from your Dell PC
  2. Uninstalling QuickBooks using the Windows Utilities
  3. Manually removing QuickBooks remnants

1. Uninstalling QuickBooks from your Dell PC

There may come a time when you are looking to uninstall your current version of QuickBooks from your system.

This could be because you are changing to another accounts package, you are upgrading your system or your version of the program itself or that you have had an issue with the program that requires you to fully remove the program before reinstalling.

The guide below will take you through accomplishing this on any of the current Windows Operating Systems (OS).


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2. Uninstalling QuickBooks using the Windows Utilities

Windows 8, 7 and Vista

  1. On your keyboard, press the Win+E keys together to open the Computer window.

Note: In Windows 8, click the Computer tab.
  1. Click Uninstall or change a program.

  2. In the list of programs, select QuickBooks and click Uninstall.

  3. Follow the instructions to uninstall QuickBooks.

Note: If you are using QuickBooks 2007, repeat steps 1-4 to also uninstall the QuickBooks Product Listing service.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Windows Start button and select Control Panel.

  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.

  3. In the list of programs, select QuickBooks and click Remove.

  4. Follow the instructions to remove QuickBooks.

Note: If you are using QuickBooks 2007, repeat steps 1-4 to also uninstall the QuickBooks Product Listing service.


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3. Manually removing QuickBook remnants

On rare occasions, it may be necessary to manually remove QuickBooks installation files and folders that are left behind by the Microsoft® Add or Remove Programs/Programs and Features utility. Performing this procedure is often referred as a clean install or a clean uninstall and may help isolate or resolve problems with QuickBooks or just ensure it is fully removed from your system.

Note: A [clean uninstall] requires all other Intuit software applications that share the same installation folder to be reinstalled. If you need to preserve your old QuickBooks installation folders and file names, refer to the article Installing QuickBooks in a new installation folder for troubleshooting and resolving issues, which explains how to rename your QuickBooks installation folder using the file extension ( .OLD). Back up your company file to a safe location to prevent it from being accidentally deleted or overwritten.

To perform a clean uninstall.

  1. Click the Start button and select Settings>Control Panel.

  2. Select Add/Remove Programs in XP and in Windows Vista/7/8 select Programs > Programs and Features.

  3. Select QuickBooks and click Change or Remove Programs for XP and in Windows Vista/7/8 select Uninstall.

    Repeat steps 1 though 3 above to also uninstall the QuickBooks Product Listing service.

  4. The clean uninstall procedure requires manually removing or renaming some QuickBooks installation folders.

Note: Removing the entire Intuit folder removes all subfolders that are contained within it.

If you do not have other Intuit products installed on your computer - such as Quicken, QuickTax, ProFile, other versions of QuickBooks, etc, then remove or rename the Intuit folders listed below.

On Windows XP/2000.

  • C:\Program Files\Intuit
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Intuit
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Common Files\Intuit

On Windows Vista/Windows 7.

  • C:\Program Data\Intuit
  • C:\Program Data\Common Files\Intuit
  • C:\Users\<current user>\AppData\Local\Intuit
  • C:\Program Files\Intuit
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit

If you do have other Intuit products installed on your computer, remove or rename only the Intuit folders listed below.

On Windows XP/2000.

  • C:\Program Files\Intuit

On Windows Vista/Windows 7.

  • C:\Program Data\Intuit

If the Application Data or Program Data folder is not visible.

On Windows XP/2000.

  1. Right-click on the Start button and select Explore.

  2. Select the Tools menu, and select Folder options.

  3. Click the View tab, and select Show hidden files and folders in the Advanced settings field.

  4. Click OK.

On Windows Vista/Windows 7.

  1. Click the Start button and select Computer.

  2. In the upper left corner, click the Organize button.

  3. Select Folder and Search Options.

  4. Click the View tab and click Show hidden files and folders.

  5. Click OK.

Once this completes restart your system to ensure QuickBooks is completely removed from your system.


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Article ID: SLN265858

Last Date Modified: 08/21/2017 05:47 AM


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