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Fix QuickBooks Error 3140 “The Specified Account is Invalid or of the wrong type”?

QuickBooks Error 3140

At times while using the QBFC feature to facilitate synchronization within the QuickBooks desktop enterprise software.

The user is facing an issue displayed through a pop-up message stating QuickBooks Error 3140 has occurred. This is a technical error for which the user should contact the QuickBooks team.

Common symptoms of QuickBooks Error Code 3140 are as follows:

  • When the user encounters QuickBooks Error Code 3140, any and all the windows active on-screen start crashing down.
  • The whole system, as in the Notebook, laptop, or PC being used, on which the error occurs also crashes down.
  • The user displays an error message saying QuickBooks Error Code 3140.
  • The computer system does not respond to mouse or keyboard input at normal speed. All the results of these inputs are displaying a little late.

Common scenarios wherein QuickBooks Error Code 3140 can occur are:

Users have to ensure that they are aware when the error is going to happen, as in, what function they were performing after which they encounter QuickBooks Error 3140. This helps to narrow down the probable cause of the error and further helps to list down the best resolution.

Some of the Probable Causes of QuickBooks Error Code 3140

  • One of the most common reasons behind Error 3140 is that the download link of QuickBooks was either damaged or corrupt.
  • Incomplete or improper installation of the software is another cause.
  • Malware or virus infection within the system on which QuickBooks is hosted. This may further cause damage to the windows registry and program files.
  • Any changes made related to software that has invariably caused corruption of Windows Registry.
  • QuickBooks-related files go deleted by mistake because of other programs and applications.

QuickBooks Error Code 3140 is included in the Runtime Error category because of different types of reasons. Thus, the user has to try different methods of the solution as per the causes of the error to resolve them.

Steps to Resolve QuickBooks Error 3140


To resolve the QuickBooks error 3140, the user has to try the troubleshooting tips. The whole process is sorted within minutes or might take a long time depending on the steps that resolve the problem. Thus it is recommended to follow the steps listed below in the same pattern and also keep a check on the error by accessing software after every step to figure out which method has solved the problem.

Total Time: 12 minutes

  1. Fix Windows Registry Issues

    The first method is to try and resolve the issues generated with Windows Registry which might be the reason for QuickBooks Error 3140.

  2. Do a Complete System Scan for Virus or Malware

    Perform a complete scan of the laptop or system to check and remove any virus or malware infection.

  3. Delete all Temporary Files

    The third step is to clean the system of unnecessary temporary files and folders with a tool called Disk Cleanup.

  4. Make Sure All Drives & Drivers are stored in System

    Verify and Update all the drives and drivers stored within the system.

  5. Set the previous setting option on standby

    Set the previous setting option on standby. They have to perform Restore Point setup within their Windows Operating System and employ it when they wish to undo any changes further made.

  6. Verify all the applications related to QuickBooks

    Verify all the applications related to QuickBooks are working properly and are not causing any issues. Users have to completely uninstall and then install them again.

  7. Process File Checker (“sfc / scannow”)

    The next resolution step is to process File Checker (“sfc / scannow”) on their Windows operating system.

  8. Make Sure Windows are Upto Date

    Ensure the windows are up to date with all the latest releases and all the required drivers are updated as well.

  9. perform clean windows installation

    Lastly, the user can perform clean windows installation if the error is not resolved through the above steps.

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