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QuickBooks License Error After Clone

Fix QuickBooks License Error After Clone

QuickBooks license errors occur after cloning the software. The error is related to registration of the product. When you get this error, there are multiple error messages that you can relieve. One of the most common license errors is “the validation code is incorrect or the service is temporarily unavailable when activating.” In this case, QuickBoos cannot connect to the internet and verify the status of your license. 

Apart from the main software, users can also subscribe to various other services provided by Intuit. If the accounting software cannot verify the active status of these subscriptions, then too it will give a QuickBooks license error.

These services include payroll, online banking and account’s copy transfer service. Until you resolve this error, you cannot access the software and work with it because the software itself may appear as deactivated.

In this post, you’ll learn how to resolve QuickBooks license errors after cloning the software.

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What is QuickBooks License Error After Clone

The QuickBooks installation method needs a license number and product code for the entire verification process. QuickBooks files that hold information are forever encrypted and when this encrypted file is missed or corrupted, a “QuickBooks license error” happens. One of the reasons for the QuickBooks License Error can be solved by removing EntitlementDataStore.ecml. By doing this, you can solve this issue.

Causes Behind The “Quickbooks License Error After Cloning”

Possible reasons that caused the QuickBooks license error to appear after a clone:

  • The QuickBooks components have been damaged or are missing.
  • The operating system is outdated.
  • The QuickBooks files are being blocked by anti-virus software.
  • The QuickBooks Desktop program can’t be used without the MSXML component & dat.
    • MSXML component – Microsoft’s MSXML component helps us recover or retrieve the details from your QuickBooks registration file, allowing it to start.
    • dat – The QBregistration.dat file is a license file that contains the user’s license information. QuickBooks will not open without validating your license details with this file first. If the QBregistration.dat file becomes damaged or corrupt, QuickBooks will be unable to open.
  • Be sure to save the .QBO file before importing it.
  • Add Heading Precaution to take Before Resolving QuickBooks License Error after Cloning
  • Ensure you have a valid license key to validate you can call Support.
  • When moving QuickBooks from one computer to the other, it’s always advisable to take a backup beforehand. You never know when something could go wrong, and you could lose everything.
  • If you’re getting an error while opening your company file after cloning it, try running QuickBooks File Doctor.
  • Always use the latest version of QuickBooks Desktop on both of your computers.

Solution steps to fix Quickbooks License Error After Cloning

Check out the systematic steps to resolve QuickBooks license error after clone:

💠 Update the operating system
💠 Deleting damaged EntitlementDataStore.ecml file for fixing license and registration problems
💠 Using the QuickBooks Diagnostic Tool
💠 Reinstalling QuickBooks with a clean install

By doing this work, you can solve the following problems or errors:

Total Time: 20 minutes

Step 1: Update the operating system

Update the operating system

Users must press the Windows logo on the keyboard and choose ‘All Programs. They must then select ‘Windows Update’ to install the updates. Next, they must install QuickBooks.

If this doesn’t solve the problem, users must implement the solutions mentioned below in the given order.

Step 2: Deleting damaged EntitlementDataStore.ecml file for fixing license and registration problems

Deleting damaged EntitlementDataStore.ecml file for fixing license and registration problems

One of the most common ways to resolve this licensing error in QuickBooks is to delete the damaged EntitlementDataStore.ecml file. By deleting this damaged file,

💠 Users must first close QuickBooks Desktop and check that no QuickBooks processes are running. Users must press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, which will open the ‘Task Manager’.
💠 On Windows 10, users must select ‘More Details’ to show the ‘Task Manager’.
💠 Now, after selecting the ‘Processes’ tab, users must sort all processes in an alphabetic order by selecting the ‘Process Name’ header. Next, look for all ‘QBW32.EXE’ files and select ‘End Task’.
💠 Next, users must access the ‘Entitlement Data’ folder for their operating system and QuickBooks version. Contact our QuickBooks experts to know how.
💠 QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise versions have the same folder location.
💠 Now, right-click on the ‘EntitlementDataStore.ecml’ file, choose ‘Delete’ and then ‘Yes’ to delete the file. Then, users must open the company file and follow the directions for registering the application.

Note: If QuickBooks Point of Sale is installed, users will have to re-register the program, as it uses the EntitlementDataStore.ecml file as QuickBooks Desktop.

Step 3: Using the QuickBooks Diagnostic Tool

Using the QuickBooks Diagnostic Tool

Steps to Use the QuickBooks Diagnostic Tool:

💠 First, users must download the QuickBooks Diagnostic Tool and save it to the local desktop. Now, all open programs must be closed and the QBInstall Tool run. This process might take nearly 20 minutes based on internet speed and system performance.
💠 Next, users must restart the computer for updating all the components.
💠 If Windows is outdated, QuickBooks might not install or open properly. So, Windows must be updated as mentioned in ‘Update the operating system’ above. After update is installed, the system must be restarted, and QuickBooks installed/opened to see if the issue is fixed.
💠 If not, then users can try fixing the Windows components manually by taking the help of an IT expert.

Step 4: Reinstalling QuickBooks with a clean install

Reinstalling QuickBooks with a clean install

A. Uninstall QuickBooks

💠 User must press Windows + R, which will open the ‘Run’ window, where they must type in ‘Control Panel’ and select OK. Next, select ‘Programs and Features. If ‘Control Panel’ is in the ‘Category View’, select ‘Uninstall a Program’.
💠 When the programs list appears, users must choose QuickBooks and then ‘Uninstall/Change’. Then, follow the directions to complete the procedure.

Note: If an error occurs and QuickBooks can’t be uninstalled, users must our QuickBooks customer support team.

B. Rename installation folders

The QuickBooks Toll can be downloaded and run to rename the folders. Users can also do it manually.

C. Error while renaming folders

💠 Users must first right-click on the ‘Windows Task Bar’ and choose ‘Task Manager’. Then, in ‘Processes’, users must select the ‘Image Name’ column for sorting the processes in an alphabetic order.
💠 Next, users must choose exe, QBDBMgr.exe, QBCFMonitorService.exe, Qbw32.exe and then select ‘End Process’.
💠 When the message ‘WARNING: Terminating a process can cause undesired results including loss of data and system instability…’ appears, users must select Yes.

D. Reinstall QuickBooks Desktop

Finally, users must reinstall QuickBooks via a clean install.

Some Other QuickBooks Errors that might appear after Cloning

Errors in the QuickBooks registration file not only lead to licensing errors but can also affect how QuickBooks functions. Some other common problems you might encounter with a corrupt QuickBooks registration file are listed below.

Error Code 3371: could not initialize license properties.

When you open QuickBooks Desktop, you are met with one of these error messages:

  • Could not initialize license properties. Error 3371: QuickBooks could not load the license data. This may be caused by missing or damaged files.
  • Could not initialize license properties. [Error 3371, Status Code -11118] QuickBooks could not load the license data. This may be caused by missing or damaged files.
  • Could not initialize license properties. [Error: 3371, Status Code -1] QuickBooks could not load the license data. This may be caused by missing or damaged files.

QuickBooks Registration errors

When the “QuickBooks registration error” or “QuickBooks activation not working” message appears, it’s usually because you’ve entered incorrect QuickBooks license information. If you can’t find your license number and product code or if you’re getting a different error message such as “We’re sorry, but your activation was interrupted” then it’s time to troubleshoot.

Issues with online banking in QuickBooks

Check if the account is already connected to QuickBooks.

Firstly, select the specific bank account that you would like to link up with. Next, click the Edit ✎ icon to the right of the bank name and select Edit sign-in info. Provide your bank website User ID and Password and then click Update sign-in info. QuickBooks Online will automatically start connecting with your bank in order to verify the details.

No option is displayed to open the company file

Sometimes you might not be able to open a company file in QuickBooks. This can affect the operations of any organization, but it’s usually an easy problem to fix. Here are some common reasons why you may have trouble opening files.

  • The company file was last used some time ago. When it was, it caused damage.
  • Due to a corrupt hard drive, the company file will not open. We recommend that you regenerate and re-upload the company files for them to be usable.

Sync Licensed Data Online is disabled

When a user tries to sync their QuickBooks licenses with Intuit, they’ll sometimes see this message: “There was an issue in syncing your Quickbooks license data with Intuit. Please try again later.” Other issues are “QuickBooks unable to sync license” or the error: “QuickBooks Unable to Sync License”

Conclusion

QuickBooks license error when migrating or cloning the software can often be a result of a damaged entitlement data store file, which stores the license and product key information to activate the product and various related services.

FAQ

  1. What are the reasons behind the License Error after cloning?

    The main reason is the corrupted or damaged QBregisteration.dat file. This issue also occurs when you run all programs on the outdated version, it might be freezing your window.

  2. How can I repair the license error after cloning instantly?

    The initial step is to hit the “Ctrl+Shift+Esc” keys simentenously. Then, locate the “Task Manager” option. The list of processes will appear on your screen to view the instances of EXE and choose the instance. From the available preferences, click on the “End Task” option. 

  3. How to check and verify the QuickBooks License number to ensure the entered details?

    Open your QuickBooks and then press the F2 key. Now, a product information window will appear on your screen to view the product number, product name, and license number. At the end of the product name, you can see which version you used and its release date. 

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