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Evade unable to open company file in QuickBooks

Unable Open QuickBooks Company File on NetworkSuppose you are in a busy day using QuickBooks suite and suddenly an error message erupts as unable to open company file, as a user you must be flabbergasted what to do. In situation like this we come in handy. In this blog, you’ll get the best idea of this tragic error.

Unable to Open Company File

QuickBooks copyrighted by Intuit is a software that brings various mercantile goals into one arena. They are bookkeeping, accounting, taxation, payroll, inventory etc. All the software-related activities are stored in a place called company file. QuickBooks though is an efficient software time to time fails to keep up the score and results in errors like unable to open company file.

Factors that provoke the unable to open company file error

This error is one of those errors which has many error codes and reasons to pop-up, still some of them are mentioned here.

  • Incorrect extension of the file
  • Corrupted company file
  • Using an incorrect way to open the file
  • Restrictions faced due to folder permissions not set properly.
  • The company file is either compressed or encrypted.
  • Issues with the Windows files and reports within the software.

Unable Open QuickBooks Company File on Network

If the above-mentioned error is occurring then users can choose to follow the below mentioned mechanism:

  • Browse the File menu, select Open or Restore Company.
  • Select Open a company file, then Next.
  • Browse the location of the company file.
  • Select the company file (with file extension. qbw) from the list and select Open.
  • If prompted, enter your username and password.

What to do if you can't open your company file in QuickBooks

There is no fixed resolving step for this error. There are a few steps cited below to leave you with an idea.

  • Update QuickBooks
  • Check the file you’re opening (i.e., . qbw)
  • Turn off hosting on your workstations
  • Move your company file
  • Turn off the save when closing feature
  • Rename the TLG and ND files for your company file
  • Check your file properties
  • Run a repair

QuickBooks is unable to open this company file 6190

QuickBooks error 6190 may arise when a user is trying to access a file in a single-user mode. This error in QuickBooks means that the particular file is not accessible by the QuickBooks software. You can also face this error in case you are running Intuit application on the same system.
Some reasons are given below:

  • Your system is infected by virus or malware programs
  • If any QB related files goes missing, then you will encounter this error
  • QuickBooks installation process was under completed
  • If transaction files are not same as company file (.Tlg)
  • If another user is trying to access the company file in single- user mode

QuickBooks cannot open this company file because it was updated to a newer

If you have recently updated your QuickBooks Desktop to a latest release, then QuickBooks Unable to Open Company File will occur. As it is important to manually update the company file as well

Unable to Open QuickBooks Point of Sale Company File

In a situation like this what users can do is to restart the QBPOS; for this, users can follow the guide below:

  • Close Point of Sale.
  • Select the Windows Start button, enter services.msc, then press Enter.
  • Find and configure Intuit Entitlement Service and QBPOS Database Manager:
  • Double-click the Intuit Entitlement Service vX. (If there is more than one, choose the highest number version you see).
  • Select the General tab, from the Startup Type field, select Automatic and ensure the Service status is Started.
  • Head to the Log On tab.
  • Select Local System Account and Allow Service to Interact with Desktop.
  • For Intuit Entitlement Service only:
  • Navigate to the Recovery tab, select Restart the Service from the First, Second and Subsequent failures fields.
  • Select Apply and then OK.
  • Open the company file again.

How to Maintain a Healthy QuickBooks Company File

In order to maintain healthy QuickBooks Company File, do the following-

  • Verify & rebuild the company file using QuickBooks tool facilities. They are available to download in the website.
  • Create & restore a portable QuickBooks company file.

Excel hangs when opening file from network drive

If the MS Excel hangs when opening file from network drive, then you can follow these simple steps:
Excel > File > Options > Trust Center >
Trust Center Settings > tick the box of "Allow Trusted Locations on my network",
then click Add new location,
then tick the box of "Subfolders of this location are also trusted".

Unable to open company file in multi-user/QuickBooks Error Code 6073

While in multi-user mode, QuickBooks may show that it is unable to open company file or QuickBooks Error Code 6073. There are a few reasons why this error appears:

  • Users may face the error code if the file is being accessed using a remote application (LogMeIn, GoToMyPC, etc.) while the host server detects that you’re still logged on in the system.
  • If the file is located in a read only network folder.
  • By chance, the files are hosted on a Linux server and are using more than one set of login credentials to sign on to the shared folder.
  • If the file is open on another system in single-user mode.

What are the error codes for unable to open company file?

QuickBooks’ unable to open company file is generally showcased with following QuickBooks error codes:

  • -6000 series like 6189, 6190, 6073 etc.
  • Unrecoverable errors
  • C=XXX errors
  • Error 3371
  • HX0X errors

Recheck the properties and file extension of the company file

During troubleshooting it is necessary that you go through the above step. How to check is given below:

  • Open the folder where the company file is saved.
  • Right-click on the company file and select
  • Make sure the type of file is QuickBooks Company File and the File size is at least 7 MB.
  • Click on Advanced option and ensure that boxes for both Compress and Encrypt attributes are unchecked.
  • Now click on OK tab to complete the process

QuickBooks already has a company file open error

This is an issue adjoined to company file, it is difficult to decide the fundamental reason behind this error, however, following are some of the most common issues which we have come across whenever this error emerges.

  • The company file or .QBW file of QuickBooks desktop is corrupted or damaged in some manner.
  • There is a possibility of being a Folder Permission issue.
  • It can appear in case a QB Company file is actually open.

Winding Up!
As we have demonstrated above, we can see that QuickBooks errors no matter how easily solvable, on the error message unable to open company file, it comes with a wider array of problems and issues behind. Hence, it is advisable to the readers that they shan’t take risk with their valuable company file. We hope this much has been helpful to you!

  • Select Apply and then OK.
  • Open the company file again.

  • Corruption of data.

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