QuickBooks 2013 R14 Released

Written by Charlie Russell

QuickBooks 2013 R14Intuit released the QuickBooks 2013 R14 update for the U.S. version of QuickBooks. This is available as a manual update from the Intuit support website, and probably is already out as an automatic update. I’m not sure when this was actually released, you may already have it now! I don’t have any information on non-U.S. versions.

This is the first update for the 2013 desktop product since January 2014, so it looks as though Intuit believes this is pretty stable now. I’m going to guess that this is the last update we’ll see for this year of QuickBooks, as it will probably be retired next May. Note that in the US version they skipped “R13”. That usually happens when they have a non-US release for some reason, that doesn’t need to be released in the US.

There is only one change in this release, and I can’t really comment much on the impact of this. Intuit has updated the “Auth ID and Realm ID” to be 64 bit values in the database, which helps support “more users and company files”. I don’t believe that this means that there is a change in how many users you can have in your desktop product itself, I believe it has to do with your Intuit online account, which you use to manage things like your TurboTax account, QuickBooks Payments, ProAdvisor account (if you are a registered QuickBooks ProAdvisor), and so forth. There should be little impact for most users, I would guess.

Update 12/11/2015: Intuit has pulled this release off the shelf, the currently available one is rolled back to the R12 release. I  don’t have any details on why this was done. I believe that a problems was found that might affect some users, so they have stopped distribution. Given what the update involves, I don’t think that the majority of users who may have upgraded will have any concerns.

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Charlie Russell

Charlie Russell has been involved with the small business software industry since the mid 70's, and remembers releasing his first commercial accounting software product when you had an 8-bit microcomputer with one 8 inch floppy disk drive. He has a special interest in inventory and manufacturing software for small businesses. Charlie is a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor with additional certifications for QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Enterprise, as well as being a Xero Certified Partner. Charlie started blogging about QuickBooks in 2008 (Practical QuickBooks) and has been writing for the Accountex Report (formerly the Sleeter Report) since 2011.

Visit his CCRSoftware web site for information about his QuickBooks add-on products. He is also the author of the California Wildflower Hikes blog.


  • Release 14 is not on the intuit site. It still just says release 12. Automatic updates aren’t working either due to what seems like error 15311.

    • Also, what is funny is the release 12 update on the intuit update site says that the release 12 update, updated the “Auth ID and Realm ID” to be 64 bit values, just like you indicate release 14 did. I know release 14 existed because I have it on one of my installs. Did intuit roll the release 14 updates into release 12 and then delete release 14? Why they would do that after releasing, release 14 makes no sense.

      • The information you refer to is the R14 information, they just didn’t clean up that website when they pulled it back. If you click on the link lower down to “show all”, you’ll see that that Auth ID information is NOT listed as a part of the R12 update.

        They must have come across some problem and then pulled it back.

  • We updated a workstation to 2013 R14 in the evening on 12/14/2015, so unless it had already downloaded to our server and then pushed out to all workstations a few days ago, QB must have re-released R14.

    Does anyone have any comment on what damage it could cause to a company file if you worked on the same file with some workstations upgraded to R14 and some still at R12P?

    • I’ve described the update in as much detail as I can provide. I don’t know the details of the change beyond this, but I know that this change is being pushed into most of the supported versions of QuickBooks. I really expect that this is something where they are preparing for some other changes coming up. And, I’ve confirmed with them that mixing R12 and R14 workstations together won’t pose any problems for you.

  • Thanks for checking. I appreciate it greatly. Their pop-up warning stating that “Intuit strongly recommends” that you upgrade all computers simultaneously worried me.

    • That is the standard warning that you will always get. Sometimes it is important, sometimes it is not. Best practice is to have all workstations on the same revision. In this case, I’m not sure what to recommend, but I’m thinking it would be best to leave it as it is. The reasons for the pullback aren’t entirely clear to me at this point.

  • If Intuit pulled R14 back on 12/11/2015, which is what I read in another blog, why was I able to install it on a workstation on 12/14/2015? I already had installed it on one workstation on 12/11/2015. Do you think that QB already had downloaded R14 to our shared server folder, causing the second workstation to install it even after Intuit withdrew R14?

    And how can I uninstall R14 on these workstations? Should I worry?

    • If R14 went out on automatic update, it could have been downloaded on your system at some time in the past.

      And, with all of this, we have to remember that although people say things happen a certain way at a certain time, perfection isn’t something that Intuit is noted for, so anything is possible.

      Uninstalling R14 is a pain – you can’t uninstall a particular revision individually. You would have to completely uninstall QuickBooks on that workstation, then reinstall with either your original installation copy (and then apply the R12 update) or download the latest full installer which should give you R12 directly. But, as I said earlier, Intuit is OK with you having R12 and R14 mixed, and from what I understand you shouldn’t worry about what you have now. If had the problem they ran into, you would know about it by now. It shouldn’t sneak up and bite you. My recommendation is to just sit tight with what you have.

  • Is this why I am now seeing R15 and since we did the R14 update is it recommended that we install R15? I cannot find any notes on the R15 update.

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