Installing Q2020 over Q2018 with updates

I installed Q2018 with 2 year subscription. Renewal is 49.99. I can download Q2020 with 1 year subscription for 29.99 from Fry's Electronics. Question is, my version now shows Year:2020, R26.21 Build, can I install the Q2020 over my Q2018 that shows to be already updated to 2020. would like to save the $20. Hope that makes sense. Thanks.

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  • splasher
    splasher SuperUser ✭✭✭✭
    Since 2018, it is just subscription Quicken, the year is pure marketing.  Having an active subscription gets you all updates to the software and all the online banking features.  It is an all inclusive price, not a fee in addition to the software purchase.
    It doesn't matter where you purchase Quicken from, or a retailer partner, it is all the same, the only difference is the $/month, so shop around for the best deal.
    Now and then, will make an offer that is pretty good that is only valid to first time subscription buyers, so there is a chance that may be a better deal that the retailers.
    If you purchase from, the initial subscription starts at the time of purchase; with a retail purchase, it starts when you activate the subscription.
    I advise that after your subscription is active, you login to and set your account preferences to "Auto Renew" to OFF, that way you have complete control over the price when you extend your subscription in the future since charges MSRP.
    If you already have an active subscription, purchasing either way will EXTEND the subscription, this just has to happen during the last 6 months of the current subscription. (Keeps you from buying lots of activation codes and immediately activating all of them, so that you end up with a subscription ending in 5 years or so)
    So, the bottom line is, with an extension, you just have to apply the new activation code from the Help menu.

    -splasher  using Q since 1996 -  Subscription  -  Win10
    -also older versions as needed for testing
    -Questions? Check out the  Quicken Windows FAQ list
  • NotACPA
    NotACPA SuperUser ✭✭✭✭
    Double check that you're on, because is the latest version.
    BUT, even more important, check your "Valid Thru" date at HELP, About Quicken.
    That's the info that you need to use to determine if you should renew/extend your subscription.
    Q user since DOS version 5
    Now running Quicken Windows Subscription, Home & Business
    Retired "Certified Information Systems Auditor" & Bank Audit VP
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