Setting up FoodWorks 10 to work from home

If you or your employees need to work with FoodWorks 10 from home, there are a number of things to consider to get the best experience. 

This article applies to you if you need to install the FoodWorks 10 software on your home computer/laptop.

NOTE: If your work offers remote access via Remote Desktop Services or similar technologies, then talk to your IT support to help get you set up. This article does not apply to you.

Broadly speaking, there are two steps to getting FoodWorks 10 set up to work from home:

  • Installing FoodWorks 10 on the home computer/laptop
  • Accessing your FoodWorks 10 database

Things to know before you start

Each FoodWorks 10 user license entitles you to install FoodWorks 10 on a home computer/laptop (as well as a workplace computer) for that user.

Before you attempt to install FoodWorks 10 on your home computer/laptop, here are some things to note:

  • FoodWorks 10 is Windows-native software and not Apple Mac compatible. You can run FoodWorks on a Mac but you need to purchase additional software, as explained here.
  • If you are unsure whether you have FoodWorks 10, on the FoodWorks Help menu, click About FoodWorks.  A reminder - Any databases you open or create in FoodWorks 10  are not backwards compatible with older versions of FoodWorks.  

Installing FoodWorks 10

1.Download and install FoodWorks 10

Download  FoodWorks 10  here.

Follow the instructions shown.

NOTE: You need administrator permissions to install software on your computer.

2.Enter your product key

After installing FoodWorks 10, enter your product key. If this is the first time you have started FoodWorks 10 on this computer, you will be prompted to enter your product key. Otherwise, on the Help menu, click Change Product Key.

Your product key was sent to you or your organisation via email. If you cannot locate your product key, please get in touch with us via email at with the subject line “Request Product Key” and we will send the key through to you. 

If you have entered your product key and receive the error ‘too many activations’ please email us at with the subject line “Request Extra Activation” and reference your product key. We will then process this extra activation.

Accessing your FoodWorks 10 database 

Accessing your FoodWorks 10 database on a shared network drive

Typically in a workplace, your FoodWorks database is stored on a shared network drive. If this is the case, here are some options to consider:

  • Using a VPN connection to connect to the FoodWorks database from home.
  • Using Dropbox, SharePoint or a similar system to access the FoodWorks database (but only if you are the only user for this database).

For these options you need to talk to your own IT support.

Copying your FoodWorks 10 database onto your home computer

Another option is to make a copy of your FoodWorks database and put it on your home computer. This option is only suitable if you are the sole user of this database.

NOTE: You will also need to ensure that you back up your FoodWorks database.

Your FoodWorks database is a Windows file with the extension .fwb. You can copy and move it like any other Windows file. If you need information on locating your FoodWorks database so you can make a copy, here is an article that helps.




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