QuickBooks desktop won't open: What to do and how to fix it?

QuickBooks desktop won't open: What to do and how to fix it?

Besides being a famous accounting software, QuickBooks throws technical errors or glitches while functioning. One such technical bug is the "QuickBooks desktop won't open" error. If you have also encountered this error on your system, please note that there could be several reasons. The primary reason has a long company file name that does not meet the requirement can cause an error in your system. We understand that it might be challenging for the users to work without QuickBooks, so we will also discuss some simple and easy fixes for treating this error.

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Primary reasons if you are unable to open QuickBooks desktop

  • A corrupted hard disk can allow the error to pop up on your screen.
  • The error can also enter if you have a very long company file anime.
  • A missing or damaged QBWUSER.INI file can also lead to the "QB won't open" error.
  • If you areunable to open QuickBooks desktop, check if your operating system is updated. If not, please update it.
  • Improper installation of QuickBooks can also be the triggering point for the error.

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Easy fixes if you are facing trouble opening QuickBooks  

Now that you have understood the major causes of the error, let us go through the solutions and improvise them on your system if you have trouble opening QuickBooks.

Solution 1: Repair your QuickBooks installation

  • Simultaneously press the CTRL, ALT, and DEL keys.
  • Choose Task Manager.
  • Click on the Processes tab. Right-click any QuickBooks processes.
  • Now select "End Process."
  • Restart your QuickBooks.
  • Select Repair QuickBooks installation at last.

Solution 2: Rename the QBWUSER.INI file

  • If you still can't discover the file, locate its folder and allow hidden files and folders.
  • Tap QBWUSER.ini.file once you've located it, and then tap again to rename it.
  • Rename the "ecml.file" after that.
  • Check to ensure QuickBooks is operating after renaming it.
  • If your QuickBooks is working well, the error "QuickBooks desktop won't open" has been fixed.

Solution 3: Access the company data file from a different location

  • To start Windows Explorer, press the Windows key along with E.
  • Search for the .qbw file extension should be found.
  • Please right-click on the file to copy it.
  • The next step is to create a new folder called "QB Test" on the C: drive.
  • Open the folder now, and then paste the company file inside.
  • Launch QuickBooks while continuing to press the Ctrl key.
  • Open the copy of the company file you just made.


By now, you might have resolved the "QuickBooks desktop won't open" error. If not, please call us on 1-855-856-0042 and get all your doubts clarified. You can discuss all the concerns with our experts to eliminate the error efficiently.

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