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Smart solutions to QB Error: “Not opening specified files while opening QuickBooks.”

While trying to open the QuickBooks or Enterprise company file on a Windows-bound computer, it is probable that you encounter the following error: ‘The file you specified cannot be opened, when you open QuickBooks.’ It means that the file that QB user has specified is unable to get opened. It also indicates users to check if the file is being used by another program or a read-only file. If such an error is possible, it is likely that the file exists. Support for QB


As far as the reason behind this error is concerned, it may occur due to downloading of software or payroll updates and which is not able to install updates owing to User Account Control settings or Windows user permissions in Windows Vista or Windows 7/8. There are some popular solutions to fix the issue in an effective manner:

Solution 1: Open QuickBooks with elevated Administrator permission

Close QuickBooks>Right click the QuickBooks icon>Select Run as administrator>Enter login credentials for a Windows Administrator user>Close QuickBooks>Open QuickBooks in a normal way so that you find no appearance of the same error. QB Error Support

Solution 2:  Restart your computer or toggle User Account Control depending on your version of Windows

When it comes to resolving the same issue with Windows Vista/ 7/ 8, QB users can go for the following steps:

  • Hit off the Windows icon button (Start), and select the Control Panel option.
  • Go in the Control Panel window, and click User Accounts or User Accounts and Family Safety option.
  • When you are in the User Account window, it is high time to click User Accounts.
  • After this, you need to click the link Turn User Account Control now and then.
  • If you have selected the Use User Account Control (UAC) to protect your computer checkbox, simply clear it and click the OK option.
  • If you get any message demanding you restart the computer, just click on the Restart Now option.
  • Again, repeat all these steps one-by-one ensuring the checkbox UAC, to help protect your computer, is cleared.

Remember: The checkbox you selected will display the message “The file you specified cannot be opened. Make sure that it is not currently being used by another program or a read-only file.” If you are prompted to restart the computer, click Restart Now.

When it comes to resolving the same issue with Windows XP, QB users can go for the following steps:

  • Close QuickBooks and other applications>Restart the computer>Open QuickBooks and the program again.

Solution 3: Repair your installation of QuickBooks.

Solution 4: Perform a clean uninstall/reinstall for the affected version of QuickBooks.

Execute a clean QB uninstall and reinstall process.

Once you abide by all these suggestions, you can easily open specified files while opening QuickBooks.

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