QuickBooks Premiere to QuickBooks Pro

by Juice
(Los Angeles, CA USA)

cI had Quickbooks Premiere and am now going to try QuickBooks Pro. (Don't ask.) I have my backup files for my business. Will I have trouble importing my file into QB Pro since I created the file with QB Premiere?

Jennifer replies:

Hi Juice,

I love the Don't ask. Of course I'm curious about why you don't want to use Premier anymore. But more than that, I'd like to be certain that you no longer want or need to use the additional features of Premier, such as:

Sales Orders
Inventory Assemblies/Builds
Business Plans
Industry-specific reports

After using Premier, you might find Pro a little too limiting if you use any of the above features. As long as you are sure you don't need these features anymore, then it's fine to "downgrade" to Pro.

Here's an article I wrote that addresses these differences in a lot of detail (copy & paste the url into an new window):

http://www.jenniferthieme.com/quickbooks-premier.html

To answer your question directly:

Yes, Pro can read Premier just fine. You will have no trouble opening your backups, that were made with Premier, in Pro. Premier and Pro are basically the same program, it's just that Premier has a lot more features.

If you were running QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions and you wanted to "downgrade" to Premier or Pro, then you would need to purchase a third party utility to do so. Enterprise is a completely different program than the other two and cannot be automatically "downgraded." Karl Irvin sells a utility for this purpose, as well as a bunch of other cool utilities for QuickBooks (copy & paste the url into a new window):

http://www.q2q.us/index.htm

I hope this answers your question. Take care and thanks for writing.

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Feb 13, 2009
Can I move files from 2007 to 2005, etc etc
by: Fred Lake

Upgrade client in error and client is upset which to reverse

Fred Lake
985-788-7452
fred.lake@gmail.com

Jennifer replies:

Not sure of the details, but if you have a backup from the 2005 version of QB you can restore it to the client's computer.

Oct 01, 2013
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by: Amanda

Do you have experience with the 3rd party software to downgrade from Enterprise to Premier? I'm a bit skeptical.

Dec 13, 2013
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by: Anonymous

I just got off the phone with a QuickBooks pro advisor and they said that I definitely could not go from Premier to Pro. I hate to recommend that someone can do this and then find out otherwise. Have you done it yourself?

Jan 23, 2014
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by: John

An extract from the following link;

http://support.quickbooks.intuit.com/support/articles/INF12403

"Premier files may be opened in Pro versions and vice versa without changing the data in the file."

Oct 22, 2014
Who to ask for "downgrade" NEW
by: Monther Natsheh

Hello,

My question here is who to ask for a Enterprise to Premier/Pro downgrade? How authentic are they? and are they qualified to handle such critical data?

As after looking up a bunch of companies at most they would be registered as self employed/home companies, while my company data is critical enough to require a NDA.

Oct 30, 2014
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I have an older version, 2002 of Pro. I want to download it into premier. Will this work?

Oct 31, 2014
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by: Sharon

Anonymous from December 2013, I was also told that by a QuickBooks rep from the support department :/ I don't really know what to do either....I suppose I will try it and if it doesn't work I will return the software under the 60 day money back guarantee.

Feb 18, 2015
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FYI the Intuit Support has removed the webpage referred to below.

I am assuming that the premier and pro cannot migrate to one another.

Does anyone else have a remedy for this issue?

Jan 23, 2014
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by: John

An extract from the following link;

http://support.quickbooks.intuit.com/support/articles/INF12403

"Premier files may be opened in Pro versions and vice versa without changing the data in the file."

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