Problems Opening QuickBooks

Sometimes things go wrong with QuickBooks – the application, not the company file, at least not in this case. The installation itself can get corrupted, and a big clean up needs to happen. This is especially true when installing new versions. If you’re having a problem opening your company file, and the File Doctor isn’t really helping, try the following steps:

  1. Look at the Services… If there is more than one DB services manager running, stop and disable all but the newest.
  2. Read this article by Intuit about reboot.bat and follow the instructions to run it.
  3. Where is the company file stored? Move it to a Public Directory. If there are no issues with opening the file, there are permission issues for the QQube network user for the original file location.
  4. Turn off anti-virus temporarily, especially during reinstall.
  5. Confirm that there are no QuickBooks/Internet Explorer security issues.
  6. If UAC was turned to lowest settings during QB installation, uninstall and reinstall with Recommended Settings.
If these things don’t help, you really need to escalate a case with Intuit support.

How to Perform a QuickBooks Rebuild

There are four reasons you may need to perform a reload of QQube:

  1. There is a discrepancy between the data in QuickBooks and your custom report
  2. You have merged two accounts in the QuickBooks Chart of Accounts
  3. You have performed a Rebuild in QuickBooks
  4. You have upgraded QuickBooks to a new year’s version (e.g. 2019 to 2020)

Reason 1 is the most common. If we have determined that your QuickBooks data needs to go through a Rebuild process, please follow these steps. All of this can and should be done by a technical person on your team. The instructions are as follows:

  1. Perform a Verify and Rebuild of your QuickBooks Company File(s).
    1. This should be performed ON THE SERVER or HOSTED MACHINE where the QB file is stored. You will need to be in Single User Mode.
    2. Run a Verify first – but note this doesn’t do ANYTHING to fix your file
    3. IMPORTANT for versions prior to 2018 – if you see ANY reference to an error with “MasterKey encryption” – STOP EVERYTHING and contact QuickBooks support and ask for Intuit Data Services. Proceeding with a Rebuild will likely make your file so corrupt as to be unrecoverable.
    4. Ideally you will perform this first on a restored backup copy as a test. Here are some helpful guidelines, published by a trusted QuickBooks expert in our network:
  2. Perform a “Portable Copy Round Trip”
    1. This step may not be required, but it’s good housekeeping. Especially if you have lots of DB File Fragments. (Open your file, hit F2 on your keyboard to open the Product Info Window – you’ll see how many DB File Fragments are listed. If more than 9, please proceed with this step.)
    2. After rebuilding enough times to get zero errors, follow these steps to both create and then restore the Portable Copy. (Rename your current file by adding the word “Archive” to the file name so you don’t lose it.) This process reindexes the data, reduces database file fragments, and helps with stability.
  3. Reload the QQube. You have two options: (these features are only available on QQube 6.X and higher)
    1. OK to run this during the work day? (e.g. your file isn’t that big and there isn’t a lot of activity happening in QB that day) 
      • Open the QQube Configuration Tool and go to Manual Refresh. Do this on the Server or PC the QQube Server component is installed. On a Remote Desktop, log in as the QQube_Synch User. Perform a manual refresh after checking the boxes noted here:
    2. Let the server do it overnight
      •  Open the QQube Configuration Tool and go to Scheduler. Check the box noted here:
        QQube Scheduler
      • ***Set a reminder to go back the next day to UNCHECK that box, or it will perform a clear/reload every night!***

If you have any questions, or want us to perform this task for you on a scheduled basis, please read more about our Report & Support Plans or email

How to Create a QuickBooks Portable Copy

To create QuickBooks Portable Copy First, make sure you are in single user mode. Then go to File > Create Copy…

Create Portable File

Select Portable Company File and click Next

QuickBooks Portable Company File

Give it any name you want and click Save

Portable File Save

You will see the following warning message. Click OK

Portable File Save Confirm

A message appears showing that the Portable File creation is in progress.

Portable File Being Created

When the process is complete, a window appears showing the directory where the file was stored.

Portable File Complete

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