Solving Common QuickBooks Desktop Installation Errors


Blog Introduction: QuickBooks is a powerful accounting software that helps accountants and CFOs organize their financial data. It is also known for its user-friendly interface, but what do you do when you encounter installation errors? Let’s discuss the common QuickBooks desktop installation errors and how to fix them.  

Error Code 1603

This error code usually appears when you are installing or updating your QuickBooks Desktop. The main reason for this is because of corrupted system files in Windows. To troubleshoot this error, first try uninstalling any security programs on your computer that could be blocking the installation process. Also, make sure to have the latest version of Microsoft .NET Framework installed on your system. If these steps don’t help, then try using the QB Install Diagnostic Tool to find the root cause of the problem.  

Error Code 1722

This error code signifies an issue with Windows Installer package and usually occurs during an upgrade or installation process. To troubleshoot this issue, start by running a repair install from your Control Panel > Programs and Features > Uninstall/Change option > Select “QuickBooks” > click Change > select “Repair” from the options listed. You can also use the QB Install Diagnostic Tool if a repair does not fix your issue.  

Error Code 1935

This error code appears when there is an issue with Microsoft Visual C++ components on your computer. To resolve this, start by uninstalling all versions of Visual C++ from your computer using Programs and Features in Control Panel and then reinstall them one by one starting with Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x86). If needed, you can also use the QB Install Diagnostic Tool to determine which component needs to be installed or updated on your system in order to resolve this error code.   

Error 1904  

Error 1904 typically occurs when certain DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files required for the installation of QuickBooks are missing or corrupted on your computer. To resolve this issue, you should first try downloading and installing Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable from Microsoft’s website before attempting to install QuickBooks again as this will ensure that all the required DLL files are present on your system. If that doesn’t work, then you should try disabling any antivirus programs running on your computer before attempting to install QuickBooks again as they may be preventing the successful completion of the installation process due to their own security protocols.   

Error 1334 

This error occurs when the installer is unable to find the necessary file for installation. The most common causes of this issue are corrupt download files or incorrect folder permissions. To resolve it, try deleting all downloaded files related to the installation, then re-downloading and installing QuickBooks from scratch. Additionally, make sure that your user account has full administrative rights to the destination folder where QuickBooks will be installed.   

Error 1402 

This error generally appears when Windows doesn’t have enough permission to update registry keys during installation. To solve it, first try running the install as an administrator by right-clicking on the setup file and selecting “Run as administrator” from the menu. If that doesn’t work, check Windows registry permissions in regedit by going to File > Connect Network Registry and entering in your username/password credentials (if required). Finally, make sure that all users have Full Control over HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Intuit\.   

Error 1712  

One of the most common issues with QuickBooks installations is error 1712, which occurs when Windows Installer encounters an issue while attempting to install the program. This issue is typically caused by corrupt or outdated files in your system folder; to fix it, you’ll need to delete all of the files in your system folder related to Windows Installer (including .msi files). Once these files have been deleted, restart your computer and try reinstalling QuickBooks desktop again. 

Error Code 1920

This error code usually means that there is an issue with certain Windows services not being enabled or running properly on your computer. To fix this issue, try launching the Services window and make sure that all entries related to QBDBMgrN are set to “Automatic” and are running correctly. If they aren’t running correctly, just right-click on them and select “Start.” Once this has been done, restart your computer and then try installing QuickBooks again. 

Error 1642

This error occurs when there’s an issue with a specific file that prevents it from being installed properly. To fix this error, try uninstalling any existing versions of QuickBooks on your computer and then rerunning the installer from scratch. If that doesn’t work, try downloading a fresh copy of the installer from Intuit’s website and use that instead of your original download file. 


Fixing common QuickBooks Desktop installation errors can seem daunting at first, but with a few simple steps you can easily get back up and running again quickly! We hope that our guide was helpful in understanding why these errors occur and how to fix them in no time! As always, if you run into any roadblocks along the way feel free to contact our support team for further assistance. We are always here for you! 

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