QuickBooks Won’t Open Error

Why Won’t Quickbooks Open? Causes and 9 Fixing Solutions

QuickBooks software has received millions of positive reviews for handling business finance and accounts efficiently and minimum errors. This user-friendly software helps users to track finances, manage sales, taxes, expenses, invoices, and many other things. Its features not only save time but also enhance the business growth, but getting stuck with the “QuickBooks won’t Open” problem can be very frustrating. You can’t access your company file or when you tap on the QuickBooks Desktop icon, but the program does not respond.

If you have questions like why my QuickBooks won’t open? Or why QuickBooks won’t open the company file, then just go through this post one time and fix this problem instantly with few steps.

Why won’t QuickBooks Open? Major Factors Responsible For the Error

Why won't Quickbooks Open reasons

Nothing happens without a reason and so do errors. Several factors come together to form an error. Let’s discuss the causes so that you can easily avoid the troublesome situation in the future.

  • Company name crossing characters limit.
  • The file is corrupt/damaged.
  • Corrupt Hard Drive
  • Improper installation of QBs software.
  • An outdated QBs version is installed on the system.
  • Old operating system
  • Clicking multiple times on the QBs Icon is the reason why QuickBooks 2016 won’t open.

QuickBooks Won’t Open Error: Symptoms

Why won't Quickbooks Open

Not all errors are the same, so it is important to confirm first that the error your software has caught is – QuickBooks won’t Open. We have listed some symptoms of QuickBooks don’t open or start.

  • Your system begins to hang.
  • QBs Desktop Freezes.
  • Bad performance of the computer.
  • Slow response from mouse and keyboard.
  • QuickBooks won’t Open Company File.
  • More errors like- 1328,15106, H202 also occur when QuickBooks won’t Open Problem takes place.

Fixing QuickBooks Won’t Open Problem: Proven Solutions

This error causes your work to get stuck in the middle but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be fixed. QuickBooks won’t Open Problem is fixable, all you have to do is execute the steps in order.

Solution 1: Restart the Computer

Restart the Computer

This is the first and easiest strategy to fix the error. Try to reboot the system to clean the applications. After rebooting, open the company file once again. Just go to “Start” and tap on “Restart.”

Solution 2: Uninstall and Install QBs

According to many users and reviews, this problem can be fixed by reinstalling QBs software.

  • Tap on “Start” and then on the “Control panel.”
  • Choose the QBs program and tap on “Uninstall.”
  • This process can take several minutes, so it is recommended to have patience.
  • After uninstalling the QBs software, Restart the PC and install the software once again.

If you are facing any error while installing the Software on the system then download the QuickBooks Tool Hub to fix it. 

Solution 3: Make the Software Compatible with the current Version

This is an effective solution to get rid of this problem. You can follow the steps below:

  • Tap on “Start” and write “Update” in the search box. 
  • Select “Update” and tap on “Check for updates.” The windows server will take few seconds to see if the availability of a new update.
  • If you see an Update then tap on “Download.”
  • Restart the PC after finishing up the process.

Solution 4: Register QuickBooks

register QuickBooks

To use QuickBooks efficiently, you have to confirm that your software is registered or not. And, If not, then you have to register the QBs and open the company file.

To Check if the QBs Software is Registered:
  • Press F2 and your screen will open the “Product information window.”
  • Check the QuickBooks’ registration status beside the license number. The status will indicate registered if you’re already. It means you can resume your work.
If You’re Not Registered:
  • Hit “OK” and shut down the window of Product Information.
  • Tap on “Help” and reach out  to “Activate QuickBooks”
  • Now step by step, follow the instructions popping on the screen to verify the information and finish the activation process.

Solution 5: Close QBW32.exe Process

Close QBW32.exe Process

If the above solutions were not enough to fix the Quickbooks won’t Open Problem, then we have more advanced solutions to help you out.

  • Reach out to the “Windows taskbar.”
  • Tap on “Start Task Manager”.
  • Click on “Process” and choose “Image Name” to arrange it alphabetically. 
  • Select “EXE“.
  • Tap on the “End Process” option, to close “exe process”

Solution 6: Shift All Files to the Windows Desktop

  • Firstly, open “File Explorer.”
  • Find your “Company file.”
  • Right-tap on the file to “Copy” it.
  • Hold Ctrl+V on the desktop to paste the file.
  • Rename your file.
  • Open QBs > File > Choose Restore Company.
  • Reach out to the Windows Desktop where you had pasted the file and select it. Now, you can access your file. 
  • You can also shift the company files to the original folder and again rename it. 

Solution 7: Observe the Company File’s Properties


  • Reach out to the “Windows Explorer.”
  • Go to the location of your company file is and make a right tap to check its properties.
  • Tap on “Advanced” and ensure that the size of the file is 7 MB or less than it. The file shouldn’t be compressed or encrypted.

Solution 8: Open your Company File from a Different Folder Location

First of all, reach out to the “Network Drive” and then copy your company file to the local drive. After that start network configuration. The next step is to install and run QuickBooks File Doctor (already integrated into QuickBooks only).

  • Reach out to the C: drive, and create a folder.
  • Tap on “Company file folder.”
  • Pick the company file and .TLG.
  • Right-tap on the file to “Copy” it.
  • Now, open that folder you had made in the C drive and then paste the file there.

Solution 9: Make a New Windows Admin User

New Windows Admin User

  • Tap on “Start.”
  • Reach out to the “Control Panel.”
  • Tap twice on the “User Account”.
  • Inside “Manage User” choose the option of “Add”.
  • Fill in Admin name and domain. Hit “Ok”.
  • For Windows 10, choose “Administrator.”
  • Tap on “Finish” after which you will be taken to the “User Accounts” window. Press “OK“.

Winding Up 

We hope that you liked this informative article containing all about QuickBooks won’t Open Problem & Its Solutions. After reading this article, you will not only able to fix the error but also avoid it in the future. If you need more guidance, then feel free to contact QuickBooks Customer support anytime where the experts are available 24×7 to help you.