Effective procedure to terminate QuickBooks Error 61686

Effective procedure to terminate QuickBooks Error 61686
4 min read
15 December 2022

Intuit provided a platform for small businesses to execute their business accounting and manage the related data. QuickBooks made a revolutionary impact in the market and was accepted rapidly by a vast number of business owners around the world. The software can efficiently perform complex financial tasks and manage all the generated data. Even being the best in the industry, QuickBooks is still prone to internal issues that affect its working. QuickBooks Error 61686 becomes troublesome while installing the software on a PC. If you are also stuck with this error on your QuickBooks, stick with this blog till the end to find out its reasons and counter methods.

Any QB-related issues can be sorted out with the help of QB professionals reachable at 1-855-856-0042.

About the issue

This installation error in QuickBooks indicates that the Windows Installer is facing issues while installing some Microsoft components like- .NET Framework or MSXML. These components are critical as they establish connections with the web applications to transfer data. In case the Windows Installer fails to run these files, you’ll receive a message notifying you that an EXEAdapter error has occurred. The software will not be installed until this error is eliminated from your PC.

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 The reasons this error develops in QuickBooks are given below-

  • Improper Installation of the .NET Framework file on your PC has turned the file into an unsupported format.
  • Viruses or malware in your Windows have damaged the .NET framework or MSXML file.
  • The UAC settings are not allowing the installation of any new program on your PC.


The methods that can be used to eliminate this error from QuickBooks are given below-

Solution 1- Configure the .NET framework settings on your PC

The .NET Framework is an essential Microsoft component for QuickBooks to run. Any issues with the file or .NET framework settings can terminate the installation of the software. You’ll have to configure the settings to ensure the .NET Framework works without issues. Follow the steps given below-

  1. Go to the Control Panel on your PC using the search panel available in the taskbar.
  2. Click on Programsand tap the Turn Windows Feature on and off option below Program and Features.
  3. Look out for .NET Framework 4.5 and .Net Framework 3.5 SP1.
  4. If the checkboxes alongside these features are marked, then you need to unmark them, and vice-versa if they are unmarked.
  5. Save the setting by clicking Applyand then Ok.

Try installing QuickBooks again and opt for the following method if the error is still present.

Solution 2- Utilize the QuickBooks Tool hub

QuickBooks Tool hub consists of many tools that can help you against many common errors in the software. Update the tool hub to the latest version ( and follow the steps given below-

  1. Open the QuickBooks Tool hub on your computer.
  2. Click on Installation Issuesand select Run QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool.
  3. Wait for the tool to finish.

The error will be terminated after using these methods.


This marks the end of this blog that aims to simplify QuickBooks Error 61686 by describing the factors that trigger this error and the counter methods that can be used to deal with it. We expect the methods to be easy to execute, and QuickBooks is now installed on your PC.

If any other issue is bothering you, feel free to reach a QB ProAdvisor support team available at 1-855-856-0042.

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