DATA RECOVERY: How to rename a data file for the Reckon Payroll Premier software

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edited February 2020 in Payroll Premier

Your Payroll Premier data file would be stored in the “DATA” folder whilst the backup files would be in the BACKUP folder.



DATA RECOVERY: How to find a data file using Windows Search


Click on the My Computer icon on your desktop (if present) and go to the main hard disk drive where the payroll program is installed.


Example: C:\Program Files\Payroll Premier\QPROLLV28

Locate the QPROLLVXX folder where the payroll program is installed (where XX represents the version)


  • V26 = 2017
  • V27 = 2018
  • V28 = 2019
  • V29 = 2020


Locate the DATA subfolder where you can find the current company data file that requires analysis.

Example folder paths:



C:\Program Files\Payroll Premier\QPROLLV28\DATA

Example file names:

 My Company File.QPW

– this is the main data file component which contains your payroll company data.

– the main data file component may also appear named My Company File without the QPW file extension

Locate your specific company data file within that DATA folder.

1) Select the file to highlight it
2) Press the F2 key on the keyboard
3) You will now be able to change the name by overwriting the existing value
4) Press the Enter key to save the change (keep the file extension (.QPW) unchanged)