To store your company files, you can use the recommended (default) location or choose another location. We recommend that you don' store your company files in the Program Files folder.
Note: To accommodate the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems, limit the use of the Program Files folder to QuickBooks program files only. The Program Files folder is no longer a recommended location for storing company files.
If you already have a company file in the Program Files folder, QuickBooks assists you in moving your company files to a recommended location when you install QuickBooks and when you first open your company file.
QuickBooks uses the following locations when creating new company files or moving existing company files:
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\(Shared) Documents\Intuit\QuickBooks\Company Files
Windows Vista: C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\Intuit\QuickBooks\Company Files
Windows 7: C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\Intuit\QuickBooks\Company Files
Note: Windows XP users see the folder as "Shared Documents" when browsing (clicking folders),
but QuickBooks and Windows display the folder only as "Documents" in paths and addresses.
Finding a file on a computer running Windows
Choosing a computer to store your company file on