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QuickBooks Error 6000 83 (While Restoring, or Backing up Company File)

QuickBooks Error 6000 83

QuickBooks Error 6000 83 surfaces when a user attempts to open, restore, and back up a company file. In most instances, the error occurs due to incorrect file names or corruption. Below, we provide comprehensive insights into this error and offer methods to address it. 

They surely feel annoyed when face such an issue as it costs them. But don’t worry it’s simple to solve such errors.

Any users can resolve the issues without needing the physical presence of the technical expert. But to do so they need to be aware of the error and the reason behind it.

Suppose the error is a variation of QuickBooks Error Code 6000. “6000 83” for example is part of Error Code 6000.

Quick Overview of QuickBooks Error 6000 83

Error Code:Error 6000 83Developer:Intuit Inc.
Error Description:An error occurred when QuickBooks tried to access the company file. Please try again. If the problem persists, contact Intuit Technical Support and provide them with the following error codes: (6000, 83).Software:QuickBooks
Symptoms:QuickBooks Desktop won’t respond or work, Windows operating system has frozenApplies to:Windows 10, and 11
Cause:The company file in .qbw format is corrupted or damaged., The folder consisting of the company file is corrupted.Solution:Use the QuickBooks File Doctor to fix the error, Turn off hosting on all Workstations that Access the file Over the Network.

What is QuickBooks error 6000, 83?

QuickBooks Error 6000, 83 is a specific issue within the 6000 series. It is mainly concerning the company file. It displays an error message stating that QuickBooks faced difficulties accessing the company file. In case the issue continues then reach out to our Technical Support. Alternatively, the error might also be caused due to insufficient permissions for the designated folder. In a multi-user setting ensure that you have the necessary read/write and create/delete rights for the folder storing the company file. 

What May Cause QuickBooks Error 6000 83?

Here are the potential reasons behind QuickBooks Error 6000 83: 

  1. Using a non-U.S. or non-Canadian version of Windows or having ‘Regional Language Settings’ in Windows set to a language other than English.
  2. Incorrect file extension.
  3. Incomplete QuickBooks installation.
  4. Insufficient access to network servers like QBDataServiceUserXX or Windows admins.
  5. Damaged company (.qbw) file.
  6. Corruption in QuickBooks company file or shared folder.
  7. Multiple systems attempting to host the QuickBooks company file.
  8. Trying to convert a QuickBooks company file to the earlier version over a network. 
  9. File extension in formats like .qbm or .qbw.adr.
  10. Incorrect hosting on both servers and at least one workstation instead of only the server.

Signs and Symptoms of the QuickBooks Error 6000 83

Specific indicators and symptoms can recognize quickBooks error codes 6000 and 83. Some of the prevalent indications encompass:

  • The appearance of QuickBooks error 6000 83 on the screen, often during the crash of the active program window.
  • Repetitive display of the error message on the screen.
  • Periodic freezing of the system or QuickBooks desktop.
  • Sluggish performance of the Windows operating system, with unresponsiveness to mouse and keyboard inputs.

Steps to Resolve QuickBooks Error Code 6000, 83:

If you encounter QuickBooks Error 6000, 83,  then follow these troubleshooting steps based on the situation: 

Condition 1: Opening the QuickBooks Company File on a Windows Server

Solution 1: Use QuickBooks File Doctor:

  1. Download QuickBooks File Doctor from the provided link.
  2. Install and run the tool on your system.
  3. The tool will automatically scan and resolve server errors.
  4. Restart your computer.

Solution 2: Disable Hosting on Workstations:

  1. Open QuickBooks Desktop then go to the “File” menu and select “Utilities.”
  2. If you see “Host Multi-User Access” then the computer is not hosting the file. Move to the next system. 
  3. If you see “Stop Hosting Multi-User Access” then choose that option. 
  4. In the ‘Stop hosting multi-user Access’ window click “Yes.”
  5. In the ‘Company file must be closed’ window, click “Yes” to proceed to the next computer. 

Solution 3: Manual resolution for the Error 6000, 83: 

If QuickBooks File Doctor fails to run successfully then follow these manual steps for troubleshooting: 

Ensure that QuickBooks is updated to the latest release for optimal performance.

Configure Firewall and Anti-virus:
  1. Intuit doesn’t support firewall-related issues.
  2. Configure firewall and internet security settings to allow QuickBooks Desktop updates and network access.
  3. Refer to the firewall provider’s instructions to enable Internet access for QuickBooks files.
Verify File Access Permissions:
  1. Confirm correct permissions by checking folder and file permissions for sharing QuickBooks company files.
  2. To set permissions, you must visit the ‘Set Windows Access Permissions’ to share the QuickBooks company files. 
Scan QuickBooks Company Files:
  1. Open the “Windows” or “Start” menu.
  2. Select “Programs,” choose “QuickBooks,” and open QuickBooks Database Server Manager (QBDSM).
  3. On the QBDSM screen click “Add Folder” and locate folders with QuickBooks company file.
  4. After adding QuickBooks folders click “Scan.”
  5. Review the data files under ‘QuickBooks Company Files.’
  6. Check each folder for the creation of .qbw and .nd files and ensure that they are generated for each QuickBooks company file. 
Check Hosting on Computers:

In case you’re using the QuickBooks Database Server Manager (QBDSM) in a network setup then ensure that the server computer is the sole system with hosting turned on. 

1. Turn on Hosting on the Server:
  1. Open QuickBooks, go to “File” and select the “Utilities” tab.
  2. If you see “Host Multi-User Access” then move to the next machine. 
  3. If you see “Stop Hosting Multi-User Access,” choose it.
  4. In the ‘Stop hosting multi-user Access’ window click “Yes.”
  5. Close the company file window and click “Yes” to continue then move to the next computer.
2. Check Hosting on Server Computer:
  1. Press “Taskbar” and select “Task Manager.”
  2. Look for QBDBMgrN.exe in the ‘Image Name’ column.
  3. If not visible then ensure the QuickBooks service is running.
  4. Log in as a Full Administrator.
  5. Press “Start” or “Windows,” select “Run,” type services.msc, and click on “OK.”
  6. Find the service corresponding to the QuickBooks version (e.g., QuickBooksDB30 for 2020).
  7. Ensure that it’s set up to Automatic startup and started.
  8. If not started the. right-click and choose “Start.”
  9. If the startup type isn’t Automatic then double-click and choose “Automatic,” and then click “OK.”
  10. Confirm QBDBMgrN.exe. Ensure correct entry in the “User Name” column.
    • For QuickBooks version 2020: QuickBooksDB30
    • For QuickBooks version 2019: QuickBooksDB29
    • For QuickBooks version 2018: QBDataServiceUser28.
    • For QuickBooks version 2017: QBDataServiceUser27.
    • For QuickBooks version 2016: QBDataServiceUser26.
Access QuickBooks company file from a Different Location:
1. Use Host Computer:
  1. Open the QuickBooks file using the computer that hosts it.
  2. Navigate to the machine storing the QuickBooks file.
  3. If the hosting computer is the sole system then copy the file to another location.
  4. Open QuickBooks and the QuickBooks company file displaying the error.
  5. If successful in doing that then check the file. If not then proceed to the next step. 
2. Copy the QuickBooks File to Another Location:
  1. Right-click the QuickBooks file then choose “Copy.”
  2. Right-click the desktop and choose “Paste.”
  3. Turn on QuickBooks and open the QuickBooks file on the desktop.
  4. If the error continues then consider these options:
  5. Restore a QuickBooks company file backup.
  6. Use ‘QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery’ to recover lost data.
  7. Contact the QuickBooks Data Recovery Team for professional assistance.
3. If File Opens Successfully:
  1. Copy the file(s) back to the original location.
  2. Rename the original QuickBooks file before pasting the new one.
  3. Open the folder containing the original file, and rename it (e.g., OLD_CompanyFile).
  4. Close QuickBooks.
  5. Copy the file(s) from the computer and paste them back to the original folder.
  6. Open QuickBooks and access the QuickBooks file from its original location.

Solution 4: Edit the Hosts File:

To fix the issue edit the Windows host file(s) on the desktop with the correct IP address and Windows Server name. Keep in mind that the host files typically deal with static IP addresses. If the network uses dynamic addressing then problems may arise if the server gets a different IP address after a reboot. 

  1. Close QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Navigate to the Start menu and Computer on the server.
  3. Go to:
    1. C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc
    2. C:\Windows\Syswow64\Drivers\Etc
  4. Double-click the host file.
  5. Choose Notepad if prompted to select a program.
  6. Enter the IP address followed by the computer name.
  7. Use the Tab key and not the space bar to separate the IP address and computer name.
    1. Workstation IP and computer name for the server.
    2. Server IP and computer name for the workstation.

Condition 2: Open QuickBooks company file on Linux Server:

Note: This solution requires the expertise of a system administrator familiar with Linux operating systems and network operations which is authorized to configure QuickBooks Enterprise Solution Linux Database Server Manager.

Solution 1: Check the Connection

  1. Configure Linux Database Server Manager in the ‘Initord.conf’ File to recognize the directory.
  2. Restart QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions on the Windows client.
  3. Ping the server:
    1. Press “Windows + R” to open the ‘Run’ window.
    2. Type ‘CMD’ and press “OK.”
    3. In the command prompt, type ‘Ping (Linux Server Name)’ and press “Enter.”

Solution 2: Edit the Host File

For Case-Sensitive Linux File System:

  1. Close QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Press “Windows + E” to open the ‘Computer’ window.
  3. Navigate to ‘C’ => ‘Windows’ => ‘System32’ => ‘drivers’ => ‘etc.’
  4. Use Notepad to open the host’s file.
  5. After the last IP address edit or add the server’s IP address.
  6. Press “Tab” and type the server name.
  7. Save the file and open QuickBooks & the QuickBooks company file.

Condition 3: Creating a Backup

  1. Create a new folder on the C drive.
  2. Manually back up and save it in the new folder.
  3. For backup details go to QuickBooks or press “F1” in the application and type ‘Backup’ Company Files Overview’ in the Help window. 
  4. Optionally, copy the QuickBooks company file to a Windows PC and use ‘QuickBooks File Doctor’ as explained in the Windows section. 

Condition 4: Restore QuickBooks company file:

Another effective method to resolve QuickBooks Error 6000 83 is by restoring the QuickBooks company data file.

Solution 1: Change QuickBooks File Extension

While restoring a QuickBooks company file it may create a new file with a .qbw extension. If the backup creates a file with .qbm or .adr extension then rename it to .qbw to open it.

  1. Adjust the Windows settings to show QuickBooks file extensions. 
  2. In QuickBooks press “F2” to open the Product Information screen.
  3. Copy the file location from the “Location” section in “File Information.”
  4. If using multi-user mode then close QuickBooks on all computers.
  5. Right-click the Windows/Start icon select “Explore” and then go to the QuickBooks company file location.
  6. Right-click the file and choose “Rename,” then enter the new name.
  7. Confirm the rename prompt by clicking “Yes.” Ensure that the new name is correct. 

Solution 2: Verify QuickBooks company file Name & Path Issue:

Ensure the file name and path are error-free during QuickBooks backup restoration. Avoid long paths and special characters:

  1. Acceptable Path: C:\Users\Fred\My Documents\QuickBooks data\Company Name.qbw
  2. Not Acceptable: Business\Fred\Fred’s Documents\My Business $.Business – Rename both the folder and file and ensure that you’re avoiding special characters. 

Note: If you’re restoring to a network location then first restore to your computer and then copy the file to the network. 

  1. In the “File” menu select “Open or Restore Company.”
  2. Choose “Restore a backup copy” and click “Next.”
  3. Select “Local backup” and click “Next.”
  4. Browse to the backup file [Companyname].qbb and choose “Open.”
  5. On the “Open and Restore a Company” screen, click “Next.”
  6. On the “Save Company File” screen remove special characters or spaces in the “File Name” and click “Save.”

Note: For files on a mapped network drive use the UNC path to access it (or vice versa or switch from mapped to UNC path).


Encountering QuickBooks Error 6000 83 can disrupt your workflow. The solutions provided in this guide can effectively resolve the error. These steps aim to ensure smooth QuickBooks usage in case you’re editing host files, checking file paths, or restoring data. In case you’re facing any further issues then our team of experts is ready to assist you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team who are there to ensure your QuickBooks operates seamlessly. Your smooth business efficiency is our priority. 

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What Causes QuickBooks Error 6000 83 and How to Resolve It?

QuickBooks Error 6000 83 is a frequently encountered error code that surfaces when users attempt to access, restore, or back up a QuickBooks company file. Typically, this error points to a file access problem, which can trigger various factors, such as network connectivity issues, incorrect folder permissions, corrupted company files, or interference from antivirus software.

How to Rectify QuickBooks Error 6000 83

Resolving QuickBooks Error 6000 83 depends on identifying the root cause behind the error. Some common troubleshooting steps include utilizing the QuickBooks File Doctor tool, validating file permissions and network connectivity, temporarily disabling antivirus software, restoring a company file backup, or seeking assistance from a QuickBooks specialist. It’s important to acknowledge that specific causes of the error may be more intricate and necessitate advanced technical knowledge.

Preventing Future Occurrences of QuickBooks Error 6000 83

Although it’s impossible to guarantee complete prevention of QuickBooks Error 6000 83, implementing best practices can significantly reduce the likelihood of encountering this issue. These practices include regular:

  • Regularly QuickBooks company files, ensuring.
  • Ensuringity and security of all network connections, and configuri.
  • Configuringmissions correctly, refraining.
  • Refraining special characters in file names and maintaining up-to-date QuickBooks and antivirus software. Additionally, maintaining open lines of communication with your IT team or QuickBooks support provider is crucial for promptly addressing any potential issues.

What does QuickBooks Error 6000, 83 indicate? 

Error 6000, 83 is an error in QuickBooks related to company files. It can arise from various causes, such as corrupt company files, insufficient user permissions, and accidental deletion of QuickBooks files, among other factors.

What is the QuickBooks File Doctor Tool? 

The QuickBooks File Doctor tool is a utility provided by Intuit and is integrated into the QuickBooks Tool Hub. It addresses various types of errors within company files and resolves network-related issues that may occur in QuickBooks.

How can I resolve 6000 series errors in QuickBooks Desktop? 

To address 6000 series errors in QuickBooks Desktop, you can follow these methods:

  1. Optimize the host file.
  2. Remove any special characters from the backup file’s name.
  3. Create a Portable company file.
  4. Disable hosting mode on workstations.
  5. Utilize the QuickBooks File Doctor Tool.

What do the 6000 series errors in QuickBooks signify? 

The 6000 series errors in QuickBooks pertain to mistakes that can occur when opening or working with QuickBooks company files. Some examples of common 6000 series errors in QuickBooks include Error -6000 -83, Error -6000 -301, Error -6177 0, Error -6150 -1006, and so forth.

Are There Alternative Approaches to Manually Resolve Error Code 6000 83? 

In addition to the manual fixes mentioned, you can explore the following options:

  1. Review Permission Access: First, examine the permission settings for your company files. After scanning the folders containing QuickBooks files, consider creating a network descriptor file (.nd).
  2. Relocate Company File: Another step involves relocating the company file to a new location for opening purposes.
  3. Cease Multi-User Access: Conclude the multi-user access to the company file as part of the troubleshooting process.

How Can You Create a Backup of a Company File Stored on a Server?

Creating a backup of your company files is crucial to safeguard against potential data loss. If your files are currently stored on a server, follow these steps:

  1. Transfer to Local Hard Drive: Before applying any resolutions, move your files from the server to your system’s local hard drive.

Restore After Error Resolution: Once the error (6000 83) has been successfully resolved, you can transfer the files back to their original server location.

How can I manually troubleshoot QuickBooks Error 6000 83?

Update QuickBooks to the latest release, configure firewall settings, verify file permissions, and scan the company files using QuickBooks Database Server Manager. These steps can help resolve issues in case QuickBooks File Doctor is not working.

Why should we edit the host file to fix Error 6000 83?

Editing the host’s file with the correct IP address and server names helps in establishing accurate connections. This step is necessary especially while dealing with static IP addresses in a network environment. Ensure that the Windows server maintains a consistent address.

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