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How do I remove other installed states from the desktop version of TurboTax?

 
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How do I remove other installed states from the desktop version of TurboTax?

SO far....you can't.

But you are not charged for them unless you use them  (after you use the one free one).

Yes...we've complained to about downloads of states the software thinks you might use ...maybe...
"Supposedly" it makes prepping taxes faster for the 0.37% of people still using a phone modem to download software

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How do I remove other installed states from the desktop version of TurboTax?

SO far....you can't.

But you are not charged for them unless you use them  (after you use the one free one).

Yes...we've complained to about downloads of states the software thinks you might use ...maybe...
"Supposedly" it makes prepping taxes faster for the 0.37% of people still using a phone modem to download software

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How do I remove other installed states from the desktop version of TurboTax?

As far as I am concerned, I should be able to optionally remove unused states. No reason I can think of that it can't be optional. People who want it can keep them and those who don't can get rid of them. Waste of my Computer space among other things. As a former Computer specialist I find this inexcusable.
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How do I remove other installed states from the desktop version of TurboTax?

Yes, I've been frustrated by this for several years now.  The extra unwanted state files appear to be in the Windows folder C:\Program Files (x86)\TurboTax\Deluxe 201x\Forms but deleting them doesn't kill the download/updater process.  Eventually they turn up again when the updater re-downloads them.  Must be a hidden switch somewhere or hard coded in the software.  Annoying!
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How do I remove other installed states from the desktop version of TurboTax?

Has this ever been resolved?  It is very irritating to wait for a update/download for a State program I no longer use.
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How do I remove other installed states from the desktop version of TurboTax?

Nope...don't know that anyone is even attempting to deal with it,  Especially this week.  Maybe something will be done by next year.  I'd only give it a 50-50
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How do I remove other installed states from the desktop version of TurboTax?

 
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How do I remove other installed states from the desktop version of TurboTax?

Intuit this is ridiculus. You should be able to delete unwanted states and their useless updates
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How do I remove other installed states from the desktop version of TurboTax?

Actually, I think this more of an oversight on Intuit's part than their intentions...

 

The state modules are registered as components of the TurboTax desktop application in the Windows Registry.  Uninstalling the application does not clean up these registry entries, and as long as a reference to a state's module component remains there, the common Intuit installer is going to download and re-install it.  You may be able to control that a little by disabling the automatic updates in the menu bar.

 

To actually get rid of the references to the unwanted state installation (WARNING: I do not have any other Intuit products installed), what I did is uninstall TurboTax, delete the files in the C:\Program Files (x86)\TurboTax and C:\Program Files (x86)\Common\Intuit directories, and then run REGEDIT.EXE and search for "TurboTax" and "Intuit" and delete as many entries as I could, especially the state module registrations.  Then when I re-installed, only the state modules actually applicable to my return got installed.  Maybe a Registry Cleaner utility could do this too.

 

So it can be done... just clean up your registry after uninstalling.

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How do I remove other installed states from the desktop version of TurboTax?

I looked into this a little bit further, and actually you don't have to do so much just to uninstall the unneeded states; the state modules have their own standalone Windows installers! (which includes built-in support for the uninstall operation)

 

What happened to me is that I had briefly selected NM instead of NY somewhere on the return by accident.  Once TurboTax saw that, it flagged the NM state module in the Windows registry to be later downloaded and installed.  The flag apparently doesn't get cleared even if you later remove the reference to the state before the install actually happens.  So I never had any need for NM and really didn't want to see it hanging around on my computer forever ...

 

It turns out, at least as of TurboTax 2019 desktop, that the installers for the state modules are downloaded and stored under the hidden directory tree at C:\ProgramData\Intuit\Common\Update Service\v4\Data .  They have names like, for example, wctiper.msi for CT Personal Income tax or wnmiper.msi for NM Personal Income Tax.  Once you find the installer for the state module that you want to delete, you can easily invoke the uninstall operation using "Run Command" or in "Command Prompt" like this:

MsiExec /x "\path\to\w??iper.msi" . 

That will prompt you to confirm that you want to uninstall the state module, then in a second it'll be gone.  You can also then delete the installer itself and the subdirectory it's in if you want as well (may not be necessary though).

 

Now, there also is the issue that TurboTax will re-download and re-install the removed state if it remains flagged by TurboTax in the Windows registry.  TurboTax seems to maintain a separate set of these flag on a per tax year basis, which means that the flagging shouldn't be carrying over to subsequent years if you no longer needed them on the new return.  However, you can check and delete them if necessary out of the registry with REGEDIT.EXE

For TurboTax 2019, here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Intuit\TY19\PREFILLPERSTATES

I assume that for TurboTax 2020 those state flags will be in TY20 directory path instead.

 

Under each key you'll find a separate name-value pair for each state, just delete the one relating to the state that you don't want re-installed.  As long as there is no reference to that state in your return, the flag won't be re-written into the registry and the state module will stay uninstalled!

 

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