QuickBooks Desktop Doesn’t Start or Won’t Open Errors

by James Antonio

In QuickBooks, many times you face problems, and one of them is not opening or starting QuickBooks software. To fix the software issue you have to know the root cause. So the root causes are listed here that help you to get to know about yours. After, you identify the reason then choose the solution. If you don’t know which solution is suitable then first try to fix it using the QuickBooks Tool hub. It definitely helps you to fix the QuickBooks Desktop Doesn’t Start or Won’t Open Errors. The tool has 2 options that can be used for this are Quick fix My Program and Install Diagnostic Tool. The detailed steps are mentioned below.

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Here, you get the list of reasons with the symptoms so that you must identify the reason behind the error.

After that, go with the solution listed below in this article to resolve the error of QuickBooks not opening. The solution you have to pick must be according to your reason for the cause. Follow the solution step-by-step and you are done with fixing the issue.

Cause QuickBooks Desktop Doesn’t Start Error

The reasons are that they must be known so that you can search and apply a solution to fix it out so here are a few reasons that you can check for to fix the QuickBooks Desktop Doesn’t Start or Won’t Open Errors. The reasons are mentioned below:

  • The hard disk of your computer is damaged.
  • Windows operating system is not updated.
  • .ini files are corrupted.
  • Company name is too long.
  • Installation is not done properly of your QuickBooks Desktop software.
  • QuickBooks version is outdated.
  • Company file having some issues.
  • Windows users are not having full admin access or any other problems.

What are the Symptom of QuickBooks Won’t Open Error?

There are few symptoms that you get when the error is going to occur. These symptoms are as follows:-

  • Slow running of Windows operating system.
  • Your system freezes many times frequently.
  • Slow response of input into your system.
  • Not able to open the QuickBooks company file.
  • Computer hangs while working.

How to fix QuickBooks Desktop Doesn’t Start or Won’t Open Errors?

User can follow the below mention solutions steps to troubleshoot the QuickBooks Desktop Doesn’t Start or Won’t Open Errors.

Solution 1: Repair QuickBooks Desktop Installation

Repair QuickBooks Desktop Installation

In this, you are going to do a repair that fixes all the damaged files of installation that are causing QuickBooks Desktop doesn’t start. The steps are:-

  • First of all, do the backup of your company file and then proceed.
  • Restart your system properly.
  • Open the Control Panel from Start menu button.
  • In window of Control Panel, click on the option Programs and Features.
  • Then again click on Programs.
  • You are in the window where you get the list of programs open up.
  • Locate for QuickBooks program.
  • Right-click on it, and select Uninstall/Change option.
  • You have to click on Continue and then click the Next button.
  • After that, click on Repair option to start repair and then click on Next button.
  • It started the repair process and when it is done click on the Finish button.
  • You are done with repairing the QuickBooks.
  • Now update the QuickBooks to the latest release available.

Solution 2: Solve Problem using Quick Fix My Program

Solve Problem using Quick Fix My Program

To run Quick Fix my program for solving the QuickBooks Desktop won’t open error, you have to download the QuickBooks Tool Hub.

  • Close the QuickBooks program.
  • Then download the QuickBooks Tool Hub into your computer.
  • Save the downloaded file on the location where you remember it.
  • Go to the file location where you have saved the downloaded file.
  • Then double-click on the .exe file of tool to start the installation.
  • Follow the instructions you get on your screen to install the QuickBooks Tool Hub properly.
  • When you are done with the installation then click on Finish button.
  • Go to your Desktop and right-click on the QuickBooks Tool Hub Icon.
  • Choose option Run as Administrator.
  • In the Tool Hub, you get many options.
  • From which, choose the Program Problems.
  • After that, you have to click on the Quick Fix My Program.
  • It scans the QuickBooks program with all its files.
  • Find and then fix the problem.
  • Now you can start the QuickBooks software and open the data file that is causing the problem to check for errors.

Solution 3: Run the QuickBooks install Diagnostic Tool

Run the QuickBooks install Diagnostic Tool

Run the Diagnostic tool from QuickBooks tool hub to find if there are any installation issues. The steps are:

  • Close the QuickBooks program.
  • Then download the QuickBooks Tool Hub into your computer.
  • Save the downloaded file on the location where you remember it.
  • Go to the file location where you have saved the downloaded file.
  • Then double-click on the .exe file of tool to start the installation.
  • Follow the instructions you get on your screen to install the QuickBooks Tool Hub properly.
  • When you are done with the installation then click on Finish button.
  • Go to your Desktop and right-click on the QuickBooks Tool Hub Icon.
  • Choose option Run as Administrator.
  • In the Tool Hub, you get many options.
  • From which, choose the Installation Issues option.
  • Click on the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool.
  • Then it diagnose the QuickBooks and its files that takes some time.
  • When it is done then restart your system.
  • Open the QuickBooks Desktop and then open the file to check for problems.

Solution 4: Run the Clean Install Tool from the Tool Hub

Run the Clean Install Tool from the Tool Hub

The Clean Install Tool helps you in renaming the QuickBooks old folders into your system. When you reinstall the QuickBooks and run it then it makes new folders on its own. It fixes the issues. After renaming the folder, you have to uninstall and then reinstall the QuickBooks Desktop on your system. The steps are:

Uninstall the QuickBooks Desktop

  • In your Windows Desktop.
  • Open the Control Panel.
  • Then click on Programs or Programs and features option.
  • Again, click on Programs and Features option.
  • You get the list of Programs that are installed into your Windows system.
  • Locate the QuickBooks software and then right-click on it.
  • Click on option Uninstall/Change option.
  • The uninstall wizard opens up.
  • In this, go with the Uninstall process and complete it to completely uninstall the QuickBooks Desktop software.
  • After this, uninstallation is done completely.

Reinstall QuickBooks Desktop

  • After uninstall, you have to reinstall the QuickBooks Desktop on your Windows system.
  • Go to the downloaded file into your system where you have saved it.
  • Then double-click on that installer file with .exe extension.
  • The installation wizard opens up that help you to install the QuickBooks Desktop properly.
  • Follow all the steps shown to you one-by-one on your display.
  • After following all the instructions, click on Finish button to get it done.
  • Now, you are done reinstalling the QuickBooks desktop on your system.
  • Try to Open QuickBooks and then open the company file also to check for errors.

Solution 5: Suppress the QuickBooks Desktop Application

Suppress the QuickBooks Desktop Application

You are facing issues with your QuickBooks Company File that cause you QuickBooks Desktop Doesn’t Start or Won’t Open Errors. So, to resolve it you have to do the following steps:

  • You have to open the QuickBooks software with No company open window.
  • For this, you have to press and hold the Ctrl key from keyboard.
  • After that, right-click on QuickBooks icon and select Run as Administrator.
  • Then wait for the screen of No company file open window.
  • After that, release the Ctrl key from keyboard.
  • Click on the option to select a company file.
  • Then after choosing the company file click on the Open button and you are done.

Solution 6: Create New Windows User Admin

Create New Windows User Admin

You can also try to create the new admin. Maybe there are issues in the previous user account. So, try to use QuickBooks in a new user account with full admin access. The steps are:

  • To create the local account.
  • Press and hold Windows + I keys together from your keyboard.
  • Now open or access the Windows 10 settings into your system.
  • You have to click on the Accounts.
  • Then go to the option of Other People or Family.
  • Choose the Add Someone else to the computeroption.
  • If it asks you to enter any email address then no need to mention the email address.
  • Instead click on the option I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
  • You see an option Add a user without a Microsoft account so click on it.
  • Create the credentials that are new username and password.
  • After that, click on the button namedNext to proceed further.
  • Make sure to create this new account local as Administrator.
  • Now hit on the local account that you just created newly on the page of same account settings.
  • You have to click on the option Change account type.
  • Transform from the Standard User to Administrator in the account type.
  • Click on the OK button to continue.
  • Restart the QuickBooks Desktop and then open the company file to check for errors.

In conclusion, you get to know how to fix the QuickBooks Desktop Doesn’t Start or Won’t Open Errors. Here are the 5 solutions that help you to fix it out. Before that get to know the cause so that it helps you to choose the solution accordingly.

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What to do if I got the error Files in use while repairing the QuickBooks Desktop to fix the QuickBooks Desktop Doesn’t Start or Won’t Open Error?

It happens many times that you get the error of files in use message on your screen while repairing the QuickBooks software. You have to do the following things:

You have to click on the Ignore button on the Message box of error shown on your screen.
If it shows you to restart your computer message then click the OK button.
In case, the Ignore button is not here or visible then click on the Close button and continue with the repair process.

How to restart or reboot the computer after performing the solution to fix the QuickBooks Desktop Doesn’t Start or Won’t Open Errors?

In your system, when you are done with the solution steps.
To refresh your system restart or reboot it once.
Go to the Windows Start menu button.
Click on the Power button.
Then select the option Restart.
The computer with shut down and then restart automatically.
You have to wait for the whole process to be done on its own.

How to rename the .ini file manually to fix QuickBooks Desktop Doesn’t Start or Won’t Open Errors?

Go to the QuickBooks folder where you have all the files with .ini extension
Search for the file with .ini extension
Then right-click on the file and choose Rename option
Add the OLD at the end of the file name
After that, press Enter button to save it
Now, you have to do this with all the .ini files you have in this folder.

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If you are unable to see the option to terminate an employee on your list of active employees on the company payroll, this mostly implies that they have some history. Thus, if you change the employee status instead of deleting it on QuickBooks, the profile and pay records remain in your accounting database without any data loss in your tax payments.


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QuickBooks allows you to access almost all types of accounts, including but not limited to savings account, checking account, credit card accounts, and money market accounts.

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