QuickBooks 2017 is Ending- Update it now [QuickBooks 2020]


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Now that QuickBooks 2020 version has been introduced, QuickBooks has stopped its services for the older versions. QuickBooks has decided to discontinue services for the QuickBooks version this year. Likewise, QuickBooks 2016 ended to life with the release of QuickBooks 2019. Intuit has a discontinuation policy to end the services of an older version so that the users can switch to the newer released version of the QuickBooks. Some of the services provided by QuickBooks will be discontinued from this year for the older versions up to the 2017 version. In this article, we are going to talk about what are the effects of the discontinuation, when did it happen and what should you do next. You need to read the article till the end to get a clear picture of what will your next steps when the life of the version of QuickBooks you are using comes to an end.

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A brief about the QuickBooks End of Life

It had been announced by the company that they are going to discontinue the services for QuickBooks 2017 version from 31 May 2020. This is also called the discontinuation policy of QuickBooks. This happens every year that the company discontinues the services for some of the versions and then releases a new and more stable version. All the versions of the QuickBooks 2017 will be discontinued. But for the users who do not use the QuickBooks add ons, then you can continue using the version of 2017 but features like technical support, payroll updates will not be available for you. After 31 May 2020, none of the QuickBooks 2017 users is going to get notifications for any update of the software. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that with the discontinuation of the QuickBooks 2017, many of the other products of the QuickBooks may be affected.

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List of services to be discontinued

Here is a list of all the services that you will not be able to use after the discontinuation of QuickBooks 2017.

  • Payroll features for basic assisted or standard.
  • Recurring payments.
  • Internet banking.
  • Payment of bills.
  • Data files transferred to the accountant.
  • Intuit support.
  • Cloud backup.
  • Electronic invoice.
  • Technical support for QuickBooks.
  • Multi-currency exchange rate.
  • Merchant services.

The process to switch to the New version- QuickBooks 2020

After the QuickBooks end of life, you will have to update your software to a newer version to continue using the additional services of the QuickBooks software. You can get the updated version of QuickBooks from the website of Intuit. Download it from there and then install it on your system. Or the other option for updating the QuickBooks is by using the software itself. you will find an option for an update there and a list of all the updated versions will be provided for you. You can click on one to download it and update the software. Though when you upgrade your QuickBooks version, it will also suggest you update the data files so that they can be made compatible with the version of the software you have downloaded. When you will get that prompt, we highly recommend you to go for it because it is the safest option to upgrade your data. Otherwise, you must create a backup of the data files.

How long it takes to upgrade?

Now, when you upgrade the software, you can not use it till the process ends. Therefore it is a very common question asked by the user that how long does it take to upgrade. the answer is that it totally depends on the size of the files. If the size of the files is larger, it will take more time. talking commonly, it almost takes an hour to upgrade in most of the cases.

Get assistance with upgrade

We have tried our best to make a clear picture for you to about the QuickBooks end of life but if even after going through the article, you feel like you need any assistance while upgrading or installing the software on your system, you can reach our QuickBooks support for the assistance. We will try to help you with the upgrade without causing any loss to your data and as soon as possible.


In this article, you got to know about the update QuickBooks 2017. We told you about the discontinuation of QuickBooks 2017 and the services that will be affected by this. We also told you about how you can switch to QuickBooks 2020 if you still want to use QuickBooks to keep track of your accounts.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Do I need to upgrade my QuickBooks 2017?

Yes, you need to upgrade your QuickBooks 2017. For this, you can either update it or download a new QuickBooks 2020.

Q2. Why can’t I update QuickBooks?

You might not be able to update QuickBooks if you have a bad internet connection or you are using an older version of Windows that does not support QuickBooks 2020. You can fix this by updating your windows first. 

Q3. Are QuickBooks updates free?

Yes, QuickBooks updates are free. This means that you do not need to pay any fee in order to switch to the latest version of QuickBooks.

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