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QuickBooks Activation Errors when Adding License and Product Numbers

The most common cause of errors like “QuickBooks activation not working” or “QuickBooks Registration Error” is incorrect QuickBooks license information. In most cases, the problem is resolved when you double-check the license number and the product code that you obtain offline or online. The validation code is incorrect, your activation was interrupted, we’re sorry, and this service is temporarily unavailable, are just a few of the error messages that some users encounter.

Why Do Users of QuickBooks Experience Problems When Registering QuickBooks on Windows?

There could be a variety of factors at play if a user is unable to register QuickBooks on Windows. Typically, outdated QuickBooks versions and QuickBooks connection issues are to blame for these issues.

Following are all the potential causes of QuickBooks registration errors:

  •  To authenticate the registration data, QuickBooks requires a good, active, and robust internet connection. The occurrence of QuickBooks display registration errors is caused by a downed internet connection or a specific Windows firewall that prevents QuickBooks from accessing the internet.
  •  Only products supported and verified by Intuit can be registered with QuickBooks. If you use a version of QuickBooks that is not current, QuickBooks will display the
  •  Making sure you are entering the correct product code and license number is important because it is one of the most common causes of registration or activation errors for QuickBooks.
  •  With Microsoft XML core services, issues can arise occasionally. The issue that leads to a QuickBooks activation issue is frequently the same one.

Important Things to Know Before Users Activate QuickBooks Desktop

Before you activate your QuickBooks Desktop, keep the following things in mind:

  •  Before you start the troubleshooting process, switch off every QuickBooks Windows instance as well as any background processes that are running on the visible taskbar. Then, register QuickBooks once more.
  •  Ensure that the time and date displayed on your specific screen are accurate, and if not, make the necessary adjustments to the time and date settings displayed.
  •  Verify the product code and the visible license number on the product once more. Along with the information you enter on the QuickBooks registration page, you can also confirm the email.
  •  To activate QuickBooks, make sure you’re logged in with a Windows admin account.

These issues cannot, under any circumstances, be ignored. They should be followed and taken into account. 

Find out how to correct mistakes made when entering your QuickBooks Desktop activation code, product number, or license number.

We’ll show you how to correct these issues so you can resume working.

Fix Error: You entered an incorrect license or product number

Ensure that the license number and product code are identical.

  •  If you purchased QuickBooks Desktop from our website, look for your license number and product code in the email that confirmed your purchase. If you can’t find them, you can access your Customer Account Management Portal to get them.
  •  If you purchased QuickBooks from a physical retailer, look for the colourful sticker on the original CD envelope.

Fix error: This service is temporarily unavailable, or the validation code is incorrect.

If you encounter these errors when activating QuickBooks, try these fixes:

Solution 1: Verify the time and date settings on your device.

Ensure that your system’s date and time are accurate. You can activate QuickBooks once you’ve fixed them. Go to Solution 2 if you experience the same issue. 

Solution 2: Launch Quick Fix from the QuickBooks Tool Hub

Due to an issue with its background processes, QuickBooks might not activate. Run a Quick Fix to end any open background processes after downloading the QuickBooks Tools Hub. Your program will undergo a quick repair. 

Step 1: Download the QuickBooks Tool Hub

The QuickBooks Tool Hub assists in resolving frequent mistakes. To use the tool hub, you must shut down QuickBooks. We advise using Tool Hub on Windows 10 64-bit for the best experience.

  •  Close QuickBooks.
  •  Download the QuickBooks Tool Hub’s most recent version, Save the document in a location where you can easily find it (like your Downloads folder or your Windows desktop). You can determine the version you have if you’ve previously installed Tool Hub. Choose the Home tab. The version will be at the bottom.
  •  Launch the downloaded file (QuickBooksToolHub.exe).
  •  To install and accept the terms and conditions, follow the on-screen instructions.
  •  Double-click the tool hub icon on your Windows desktop after the installation is complete to launch it.

Note: If you can’t find the icon, search for QuickBooks Tool Hub in Windows and choose the program.

Step 2: Launch Quick Fix from the Tool Hub

  •  Select Program Problems from the QuickBooks Tool Hub.
  •  Choose Quick Fix my Program.
  •  Start QuickBooks Desktop after the tool is finished, then navigate to your data file and try to activate it.

Continue to Solution 3 if you’re still experiencing the issue.

Solution 3: Launch the Tool Hub’s QuickBooks Install, Diagnostic Tool

QuickBooks may be challenging to activate if something goes wrong during installation. Use the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool to address typical installation problems.

  •  Select Installation Issues after opening the QuickBooks Tool Hub.
  •  You should choose QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool. Run the tool. It might take up to twenty minutes.
  •  Open your data file and attempt to activate after the tool has finished running. Restart your computer.

Solution 4: Reactivate MSXML

Only if you are an IT professional, a seasoned Windows user, or you are working with a Microsoft support specialist should you attempt this. Observe the instructions for your computer’s version. 

If your computer is 64-bit:

  •  Enter cmd into the Start menu.
  •  Run as Administrator can be chosen by right-clicking cmd.
  •  Enter cdwindowssyswow64 at the C: prompt, followed by Enter.
  •  After typing regsvr32 MSXML4.dll, hit Enter.
  •  After typing regsvr32 MSXML6.dll, hit Enter.

If your computer is 32-bit:

  •  Press the Windows key and R on your keyboard to bring up the Run window.
  •  After typing cmd, hit Enter.
  •  After typing regsvr32 MSXML4.dll, hit Enter.
  •  After typing regsvr32 MSXML6.dll, hit Enter.

You’re ready to go if you can activate and open QuickBooks. Go to Solution 5 if the issue is still present.

Solution 5: Make a fresh Windows admin account

  •  Add a Windows user with administrator privileges.
  •  Once the new user has been created, sign out of Windows and then sign back in using the new user.
  •  Your QuickBooks Desktop should be installed and activated.
  •  If this resolves the issue, you can either keep the new admin user or delete it and continue using your current user.

Continue to Solution 6 if you’re still experiencing issues. 

Solution 6: Reinstall QuickBooks Desktop

Reinstall QuickBooks if the problems mentioned above weren’t resolved. Your company file or account information won’t be impacted by this.

General FAQs

1. Why does QuickBooks display a registration error when it attempts to activate?

QuickBooks will display the registration error if you are using a version that is not continuously updated. As one of the most frequent causes of errors when registering or activating QuickBooks, make sure you are entering the correct product code along with the license number.

2. How can QuickBooks Desktop not activate be fixed?

Choosing the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool. Laid the tool to work. A 20-minute wait is possible. Start QuickBooks Desktop after your computer restarts, then open your data file and attempt to activate once the tool is finished.

3. How do I enter the product information and my QuickBooks license again?

Open your data file by launching QuickBooks Desktop. The entitlement file informs QuickBooks that your product is registered and valid. Find the file and remove it to enable a new entry of your license and product information. Windows Start should be opened. Start Run by typing “Run” into the search bar.

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