How to Install QuickBooks on USB Drive

Installing QuickBooks on a USB drive is a smart workaround to install the QuickBooks accounting program. This article will give you all the details on how to install QuickBooks on a USB drive. So let us get started!


Why install the QuickBooks on a USB drive?

Well, it is important to know the reason as to why one would need to install the QuickBooks on a USB drive:

  • If you don’t have access to CD Drive USB drive can come in handy for QuickBooks installation.

How to install the QuickBooks accounting program on a USB drive:

This section will provide you a detailed set of step-by-step instructions on installing QuickBooks on a USB drive. Please make sure that you follow the steps carefully and in the right order:


  • A computer with a CD drive.
  • A USB drive.
  • Two or more than two computers that are connected over a common network

Steps to follow:

  • Run the QuickBooks installation CD on a PC with CD Drive.

Please Note: If the QuickBooks installation wizard starts, then please close it, as it may start to run automatically by default.

  • Right-click on ‘Start.’
  • From the drop-down list choose the ‘Open Windows Explorer’ option.
  • Now go to CD drive and right-click on it and select ‘Open’ or ‘Explore’ from the drop-down list.
  • The contents of the QuickBooks installation CD will appear in front of you.
  • Select the ‘QuickBooks’ folder and ‘Third-party’ folder by holding the ‘Ctrl’ key and by selecting these folders.
  • Copy the two ‘QuickBooks’ folder and ‘Third-party’ folder.
  • Now create a new folder.
  • Paste the two ‘QuickBooks’ folder and ‘Third-party’ folder into the new folder.
  • Copy this new folder and keep it on the Windows clipboard for a while.
  • Now insert the USB drive into your computer.
  • Open the USB drive folder by accessing it through ‘My Computers.’
  • Paste the two ‘QuickBooks’ folder and ‘Third-party’ folder into it.
  • Carefully remove the USB drive from the computer.

You can treat this USB drive as an installation wizard for installing QuickBooks on any computer of your choice.

How to use a USB drive to install QuickBooks on a computer:

Once you have copied the ‘QuickBooks’ folder and ‘Third-party’ folder on a USB drive you can use it to install the QuickBooks on any PC of your choice. You can do so in the following ways:

  • Insert the USB drive in the desired computer.
  • Open the QuickBooks folder which is within the USB drive.
  • Once opened it will start as an installation wizard on its own by default.

Scope of Service:

We hope you got a fair idea of how to back up the QuickBooks on a USB drive. We understand that you may still have some doubts or would need further assistance. Don’t shy away from contacting our team of experts.

  • For any issues, call QuickBooks contact Toll-free number.

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