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transfer turbo-tax to new computer

by oldronruns / November 11, 2004 11:08 PM PST

My friend has bought a new computer and wants to transfer several years of turbo-tax from old computer with win 98 to new computer with win xp. He has installation cd for each year but unfortunately does not have key which is required to install each year's turbo-tax programs to new computer so he is unable to cut and paste files. Turbo-tax website is no help. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Re: transfer turbo-tax to new computer (no install key)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2004 11:17 PM PST

Just like losing your car keys, this can cost you money. You don't yell at the locksmith as you pay him, do you?

There is no free ride here. You get to call in and plead your case.


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Re: transfer turbo-tax to new computer
by TONI H / November 11, 2004 11:19 PM PST

Not exactly sure how turbo-tax works, but if he can open the program for each year, assuming they are still installed on the old computer, can he go to the toolbar of each one, click Help, and About....or Registration/License....from the menu? Does it show the information he needs there?

If each year is installed, each one should show a different number?????


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Re: transfer turbo-tax to new computer
by Ralphdb / November 12, 2004 12:23 AM PST

I have used this turbotax for years and have saved to Disc. you cannot save the Tax program, and why would you want to? I had saved the final page showing the tax papers when I used the program. then later moved them to a CD. you need to find them and click explore. you will find the saved files, If you saved can then send the file to the other computer using what ever means you have.(Floppy,USB Storage) you cannot open the tax program...

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Turbotax transfer to new computer - XP or higher
by Terry Miles / October 20, 2015 10:30 AM PDT

I've stumbled upon this thread researching this exact problem, only in my case the transfer was from XP to Windows 10.

In any case, I did find a tutorial that shows how to transfer Turbotax automatically, even software itself, as well as data files, reports etc. Here is the link:
How to transfer Turbotax to a new computer

Hope this helps!

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While not a bad answer, it borders on "dredge spam"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2015 11:18 AM PDT

You may not know what dredge spam is but in short it's dredging up any old post (this one is over 10 years old) to promote some app or product.

It's highly unlikely the folk in the discussion are still looking for a solution so it comes off as dredge spam.

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Well tax programs aren't typically year dependent.
by orlbuckeye / October 21, 2015 11:10 AM PDT

You created your data file for the year and when you purchase the software for the next year it can read it. They also allow you to convert/import say Tax Cut data. They try to make it easy for you to switch to Turbo Tax when you used another package the previous year.

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In fact most Tax Software allows you
by orlbuckeye / October 21, 2015 11:12 AM PDT

to use for free. Then if you want the ability to import you pay a small fee or some require you to pay the samll fee in order to print a hard copy for your records.

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