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    Transfer program from old computer to new computer (Win XP Home)

    Not sure where this question belongs - but a friend has bought a new computer. He has used Turbo Tax Deluxe 2004 on the old computer. He had downloaded an upgrade to Turbo Tax Deluxe 2003. He would like to "transfer" the Turbo Tax 2004 program AND data to his new computer. But he does not have the "installation" file for Turbo Tax 2004. Is there any way to transfer the Turbo Tax 2004 program?

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    Re: Transfer program from old computer to new computer (Win XP Home)

    Don't think so. <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15>

    If they paid for the upgrade then there might be a record of it and asking the folks at Turbo Tax nicely, after installing Turbo Tax 2003 on the new system, might convince them to allow him/her to download the upgrade again (if it's still available), or to buy a more current upgrade at a reduced price. The data should be a straight forward backup to removable media and then restore from that media on the new system..
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    Re: Transfer program from old computer to new computer (Win XP Home)

    trebor,
    Each year of Turbo Tax is unique to itself. Not only is it based on that particular year's tax laws, it also has THAT years set of tax forms. You couldn't file this years taxes using last years forms.

    The only thing that can be transferred to the following years program is the basic tax filers info and what numbers were entered for that year in order to compare year to year.
    You can save the data files from one year to another and when you start the next year, using THAT new years program, you can import those data files at that time.

    In other words, you buy a new program every year.
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    Re: Transfer program from old computer to new computer (Win XP Home)

    trebor,

    What Viging said, your friend DOES NOT NEED TurboTax 2004 anymore if he FILED HIS TAX FORMS already (and probably he did so). "Upgrade" for TurboTax means DISCOUNT PRICE for the next year program if you bought previous year program. He can buy the "upgrade" for the next fiscal year (2005) once again.

    BUT he definitely need to copy his tax files (better for all years, at least for 2004) from his old computer to his new computer. When the new tax program (for 2005) will be installed, it will ask for the previous year files. However, if the files are damaged or inaccessable, it is not a disaster. Your friend will be asked manually insert all his data from the paper tax forms.

    REMEMBER to tell your friend to erase the hard drive(s) - better destroying all partitions and creating a new ones or use "low-level formatting" - before dumping his old computer or giving it to somebody else!

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    Re: Transfer program from old computer to new computer (Win XP Home)

    trebor & kaplinb,

    The ENTIRE program from the prior year is not needed.
    All that IS required is any files with the file extension .tax.
    The balance of the old program is not needed nor usable for the new tax year. As kaplinb said, upgrade is for the discount PRICE only.

    I have been using Turbo Tax for many years now ( probably since it first came out ). My routine is to copy the .tax files from one year to another on to a CD and name them for example, bob2004.tax. bob2005.tax and so on. When the current year's program asks for the data files, I just point it to the CD and have it look for last years numbers.
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    Re: Transfer program from old computer to new computer (Win XP Home)

    How come MY tax files found their way to YOUR CD <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>
    <snicker>
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    Re: Transfer program from old computer to new computer (Win XP Home)

    Didn't we have this same confusion regarding some other thread? <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>
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    Re: Transfer program from old computer to new computer (Win XP Home)

    Ok, that tends to explain why I'm a canuk <sp?> and possibly why my forehead is flat - duh! (as the palm of my right hand swings up to slap my forehead)..

    Bob (the other one).

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