moving files from pc computer to Macbook

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A customer of mine has purchased a new Macbook Pro and wants me to move all her files from the pc over to the Macbook.  I have never done this before.  Will the format be compatible with the Macbook? is there a conversion process that must be done first?
And what about her quick-books files.  On her pc she had the desktop version and now she is switching over to the online mac version.  Is this something that Quick-books support will have to help us with?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Most Office files can simply be opened.

For QuickBooks for Windows, make a Backup in QuickBooks. File menu and make a Backup file (QBB).
Now move the file to the MAC, open the QBB file and choose Restore. That will do it.
Not everything will be fully compatible and not all software will be available.

Having said that, everything else is rather easy to Migrate over to Mac.  You won't be able to do it quite as easily going the other way.  Apple supplies a method for Migrating data with a Windows Migration assistant to transfer data to the Mac.  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204087

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we transferred everything over and it all worked ok except that now we are having an issue with quick-books.  She had quick-books 2017 on the pc.  
We attempted to transfer the file into quick-books online and then found out that the payroll information would not transfer.  So we downloaded quick-books 2016 as we couldn't find quick-books 2017 for mac and when we attempt to open the files in mac quick-books it just says an error has accurd.  Evidently the quick-books 2016 won't work with the newer files.  
Or is there a quick-books 2017 for mac that we don't know about?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You may wish to use the country specific site.

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Is it possible you could send me a direct link? I have searched and searched and can't seem to find the  2017 for mac
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It would appear that now QuickBooks for MAC is only available in an online version.

https://quickbooks.intuit.ca/accounting-software/small-business-accounting-software/

So make the QuickBooks QBB Backup file in Windows and then import it into QB Online for MAC.
You're going to have to run a VM with Windows or try Crossover and run the Windows version on Mac.  You can test out the free, command line version of Crossover called Wine.

https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=120
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Only for QB Desktop. There is a MAC Online version if desired.
There is a :Quickbooks 2016 for Mac.
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/mac/
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Yes BUT if the files were loaded into QB V2017 for Windows, that will not work.
You can convert the files.
https://community.intuit.com/articles/1390150-how-to-convert-a-quickbooks-mac-file-to-quickbooks-windows-and-back-again

The reason to use the desktop version is that you will own it.  The online versions are licensed only and must be continually paid or you'll lose access.

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We got the file converted and transferred to the mac, but the customer came back this morning with a new pc laptop.  She said it just was not compatible with what she was wanting to do in the line of business that she was in.  She just could not get her quick-books to run correctly in the Macbook.  She is wanting me to transfer her quickbook Files into her new laptop
Thanks for all the help you gave me.
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You are very welcome and thanks for the update. If you need further help, please ask another question (post a link here)
Macs are nice for the home user, but they're just not ready for the corporate world.

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