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QuickBooks “The file you specified cannot be opened” error

According to Intuit developer of QuickBooks, when you face “The file you specified cannot be opened” error, make certain that it is not currently being used by another program and you are opening a single file at one time. The Windows error indicates that QuickBooks has encountered a problem reading a file. There are numerous situations under which this error can occur. The main cause and fix, therefore, vary. To resolve this issue, you can simply dial a toll-free QuickBooks technical support phone number and get proficient assistance for the same.


In case you are trying to print a form, according to Intuit, the error is most likely caused by a changed file feature on the file QBPRINT.QBP to any feature other than the archive. If you want any type of technical assistance, then you can take online customer support services for QuickBooks and get customized solutions frequently.

Why is this happening?

This error mostly occurs when QuickBooks has downloaded software or you have updated your payroll account and you are unable to install new updates because of Windows user permissions or User Account Control settings in Windows Vista or Windows 7/8.

How to fix it?

QuickBooks recommends more than one solution for this problem. All the methods given-below may solve your problem, or you can simply take Windows technical support to resolve the issue.

For best results, perform the solutions in the order shown.

Open QuickBooks with elevated Administrator permission:

  • Simply close QuickBooks.
  • Right, Tap the QuickBooks icon.
  • Choose Run as administrator.
  • Enter login credentials for a Windows Administrator user if prompted.
  • No error will appear when the QuickBooks file is opened; any updates will install without further prompt.
  • Close QuickBooks.
  • Open QuickBooks as you normally would, an error should no longer appear.

Restart your computer or toggle User Account Control depending on your version of Windows

  • First of all, for Windows Vista/ 7/ 8 tap on the Windows icon button, and select Control Panel.
  • In the Control Panel window, Tap User Accounts or User Accounts and Family Safety.
  • Now in the User Account window, Tap User Accounts.
  • Tap the link Turn User Account Control on and off.
  • If the Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer check box is selected, clear it, and Tap OK.
  • If you are impelled to restart the computer, Tap Restart Now.

In case you need any type of help in applying these steps, then you can take technical support for QuickBooks file specified error and fix the issue.

For Windows XP:

  • First, close QuickBooks and all other applications.
  • Restart the computer.
  • Open QuickBooks and open the program again.
  • Now repair your installation of QuickBooks
  • Perform a clean uninstall and reinstall for the affected version of QuickBooks
  • Perform a clean uninstall and reinstall of QuickBooks.

For more solutions to resolve QuickBooks “The file you specified cannot be opened” error, you can visit the official website of QuickBooks and get relevant solutions competently.

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