7 Ways to Fix QuickBooks Unrecoverable Error

Summary: Have you encountered QuickBooks unrecoverable error? Read the blog to know what to do when QuickBooks throws an unrecoverable error while attempting to open a file. Also, learn about the options to avoid the problem or fix it. If you're unable to access the QuickBooks data file due to unrecoverable errors, use Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® Software to restore the data file. You can repair a file and preview its data by downloading the software demo version from the link below.

7 Ways to Fix QuickBooks Unrecoverable Error

At times, when opening your QuickBooks application or working in QuickBooks Desktop, the application may crash and throws unrecoverable errors. Here is a screenshot of how QuickBooks Unrecoverable Error message looks like:

Figure: Unrecoverable Error

Where XXX is one of 50 randomly-generated error codes

Check out the infographics below to have a quick look at the methods to fix the QuickBooks unrecoverable error.

QuickBooks unrecoverable error
QuickBooks unrecoverable error

Common Ways to Resolve QuickBooks Unrecoverable Error

  1. Stop QuickBooks from opening all windows at start-up

One of the most tried-and-tested methods of avoiding this problem is to stop the application from opening all windows at start-up:

  • Press the Alt key while double-clicking QuickBooks application icon.
  • When the system displays the prompt for the user password, release the Alt key and type in your password.
  • Click OK, and when the application launches, press the Alt key again.
  • Release the Alt

Note: When the application launches, remember to close all windows or simply click ‘Close all windows’ from within the application before exiting.

  1. Open a sample file

If you are still unable to open your company file without facing the error, try opening a sample file as follows:

  • Press the Ctrl key while double-clicking the QuickBooks application icon.
  • Continue pressing the Ctrl key till the application displays the ‘No Company Open
  • Click ‘Open a sample file’.
  • Select one of the sample files and open it.

Note: If the application prompts you to initiate a restore/update operation, click on ‘OK’. If the sample file opens without any error, the company file that is throwing the error might be damaged or corrupted.

  1. Copy the company file to your Desktop

Changing the location of the company file you wish to open is also an option you could try. The reason why this solution works is the limitation on the storage path of the file. Perform the following steps to change the location of your QuickBooks file:

  • Open the folder in which your company file is located and use the Locate option to find the QBW file.
  • Copy and Paste the file on Desktop.
  • Launch QuickBooks while pressing the Ctrl key till the application displays the ‘No Company Open
  • Click on Open, browse to the file you copied on Desktop and click Open.

Note: If this doesn’t work, the QuickBooks company file may be damaged.

  1. Use Auto Data Recovery

Restore the company file using the Auto Data Recovery option.

  1. Troubleshoot the QuickBooks application

If all the above options fail, try troubleshooting the QuickBooks application.

  • Run Reboot.exe to re-register QuickBooks objects in Windows.
  • Manually repair the Microsoft.NET file framework installed on your system.
  • Perform a clean re-install for QuickBooks.
  • Run the QuickBooks Component Repair Tool to repair all your damaged files and components.
  1. Update QuickBooks

The QuickBooks 2012 R14 service pack allows you to fix all unrecoverable file errors. To update your QuickBooks installation with this service pack, perform the following steps:

  • Press the Ctrl key while opening QuickBooks.
  • Click Help –> Update QuickBooks.
  • On the ‘Update QuickBooks’ screen, click Update Now.
  • Select the New Features
  • Click Get Updates.
  • After the update is complete, exit the application.
  1. Using Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® Software

If none of the above methods is able to resolve the error, it is indicative of the fact that your QuickBooks company file has been severely damaged/corrupted. To repair it and extract all vital data from it, you’ll need a professional QuickBooks repair software.

In our opinion, Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® Software is an extremely competent product to accomplish this task. The tool repairs severely damaged or corrupted QuickBooks data files (QBW) without hampering the file components. Further, it recovers all information of Customers, Company, Vendors, and Employees saved in QBW files.

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Additional Tips to Fix QuickBooks Unrecoverable Error

  • If you are facing this issue frequently then, try to reboot your computer.
  • If problems occur while working on other than most recent release update, consider the latest QuickBooks version.
  • Issue in the hosting environment could also be the reason.


One of the above-mentioned fixes should surely eliminate the QuickBooks unrecoverable error. However, if you’re still facing it, you might want to try reaching out to the QuickBooks support team for further help.

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  1. Manisha Saru February 9, 2020

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