QuickBooks Error The File Exists | Causes, Symptoms and Solutions

QuickBooks Error The File Exists | Causes, Symptoms and Solutions
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It is quite common for QuickBooks users to have multiple company files on the system. The need to have more than one company file arises when a user needs to manage multiple businesses. Managing multiple businesses and company file in QuickBooks is quite easy however, there exists certain error that appears while accessing multiple company files in a single version of QuickBooks Desktop. One such error that we are going to discuss in this article is “QuickBooks Error The File Exists”. This error appears with an error message that reads “The Windows error was "The file exists” and multiple troubleshooting solutions can be applied to resolved it. Further in this article you will not only find the reasons that triggers the file exists error in QuickBooks but also some of the easiest ways to resolve it. Keep reading the complete article for detailed info.

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Reasons that Trigger “The Windows error was "The file exists” Error Message in QuickBooks

  1. In case, if you are not logged in with an administrator account.
  2. Having improper folder or file access permission to the user is also a common reasons that causes such file access errors in QuickBooks.
  3. Improperly set up User Account Control settings can also cause issues while accessing the company file in QuickBooks.
  4. Firewall or antivirus restrictions on the company file.
  5. Corrupt installation of QuickBooks Desktop application.

Top Solutions to Resolve “QuickBooks the file exists” Error

Before implementing the solutions listed further in the article make sure to update your QuickBooks Desktop and also run QuickBooks File Doctor to resolve general company file corruption and network connection issues.

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Solution 1: Run QuickBooks Using an Administrator Account

  • Log-off the current user account on Windows.
  • Continue to login using an account that has the administrative rights.
  • Right-click the QuickBooks Desktop icon on your desktop.
  • Select Run as Administrator.
  • Try to open the company file once again and check if the error is now resolved.

Solution 2: Turn off UAC under Windows Settings

  • Click the Windows Start menu button and select Control Panel.
  • Now using the search bar at the top-right search UAC.
  • Now select User Account Control (UAC) from the search results and navigate to the settings.
  • Move the slider to minimum security and save the changes by clicking OK.
  • Run QuickBooks and try to open the company file once again.

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