Uninstalling and installing the H&R Block Desktop software

Welcome back to H&R Block’s Desktop tax software! Before you start preparing your tax return, take a few minutes to make sure that the version of the desktop software that you’re running is the most recent version we have available to you.  To do this, you’ll need to uninstall the version you currently have on your computer, and re-install the most up-to-date version of the software.


What if I had already started a return?

Don’t worry – they’ll still be waiting for you, once you have uninstalled and re-installed the most recent version of the desktop software. You’ll find them in your account, just where you left them.


How do I install the 2016 H&R Block Desktop software?

Installing the 2016 H&R Block Desktop tax software has never been easier! Once you download the software, follow these steps:

  1. Click the hrblock2016-installer.exe file that downloaded* to open it.

    *You can find the downloaded file on the bottom left-side of your screen.

  2. In the window that opens, click Run and follow the prompts to start the installation.

  3. You will be asked to choose a folder where you want to install the software. Click Browse to select a folder on your computer or click Next to use the default folder. 

    Note: We strongly recommend that you install the software in the default folder shown in the window to avoid any possibility of an incorrect install.

  4. Once the installation is complete, click Finish to finish the installation process and launch the software.

    Note: You can also start the tax program by double-clicking the H&R Block 2016 shortcut on your desktop.

    How do I uninstall my 2015 H&R Block Desktop tax software?

    To uninstall your 2015 or an older version of your H&R Block Desktop tax software, follow these steps:

    1. In the Start menu at the bottom of your screen, click Control Panel.  

    2. Under Programs, click Uninstall a program.


    3. Right click the H&R Block 2015 program that appears in the list and select Uninstall.

    You’re now ready to install the 2016 H&R Block Desktop tax software!