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QuickBooks Read Only Error

QuickBooks Read Only Error

A QuickBooks file that is set to read-only will open in QuickBooks but you will not be able to edit it. Frequently files appear read-only because of the kind of media they’re collected on.

However, for illustration, copy the file off of the media and onto your computer’s hard drive before opening it in QuickBooks, If you have a QuickBooks file on a DVD or CD. Some files on your hard drive that are set to read-only can be made editable by removing the read-only quality in File Explorer. However, try running QuickBooks as an admin and also open the file, If the train continues to open as read-only after you change its quality in File Explorer.

When users try to replace the company file with a backup or portable file, the following error message might be seen:

[Company_Name].qbw This file is set to read-only. Try again with a different file name.

Quick Overview about QuickBooks Read Only Error

Error Code:Read Only ErrorDeveloper:Intuit Inc.
Error Description:[Company_Name].qbw This file is set to read-only. Try again with a different file name.Software:QuickBooks
Symptoms:QuickBooks Desktop won’t respond or work, the Windows operating system has frozen.Applies to:Windows 10 and 11
Cause:CD-ROM the default status of file attributes is read-only, previous users may have involved the read-only status to the file and then have saved it, therefore.Solution:Removing the read-only attribute when an error occurs, Removing the read-only attribute in Windows

What causes the Read-only QuickBooks error?

When a file is set in a read-only setup, it prevents all types of transformations from using place.

The prime cause for the error is the fact that QuickBooks, by mistake, has downloaded payroll updates, and now it fails to uninstall certain updates on account of Windows user permissions or user control settings.

There are some other reasons:

  • While transferring from CD-ROM the default status of file attributes is read-only
  • A previous user may have involved the read-only status to the file and then saved it, therefore.

Steps to Fix Quickbooks Read Only Error

There are a few solutions to this problem. One of the solutions, a combination of them, or sometimes all of them might have to be tried to fix the error. It is recommended that the solutions be tried in the order they are provided below.

💠 Running QuickBooks as Administrator
💠 Removing the read-only attribute when an error occurs
💠 Opening the original file and restoring it
💠 Removing the read-only attribute in Windows
💠 Renaming the original file before restoring it to the same location

Programs or users can set the properties of Windows files. Users can change the read-only attribute of the company file to prevent the above message from appearing. The issue can also be resolved by running QuickBooks as an administrator in Windows 10 or 11. This does away with resetting the read-only attribute on several files.

Total Time: 25 minutes

Step 1: Running QuickBooks as an Administrator

Running QuickBooks as an Administrator

Steps to run as QuickBooks administrator:

💠 First, users must close QuickBooks and then right-click on the QuickBooks icon. Then, they should ‘Properties’, which will open the ‘Properties’ window. In this window, they must choose the ‘Compatibility Tab’.
💠 At the bottom, in ‘Privileged Level’, users must select the ‘Run this program as an administrator box and select OK.
💠 When this is done, users must attempt to open or restore the company file.

Step 2: Removing the read-only attribute when an error occurs

Removing the read-only attribute when an error occurs

First, users must select OK in the ‘Save Company File As’ window and then, right-click the company file. Then, they should choose ‘Properties’, and in the General tab window, uncheck the ‘Read-only’ box. Then, they should select OK and choose ‘Save’ to replace the company file with the file that’s being restored.

Step 3: Opening the original file and restore it

Opening the original file and restoring it

Users must first open the previous version of the company file in QuickBooks and try to restore the backup file or the portable version once more.

Step 4: Removing the read-only attribute in Windows

Removing the read-only attribute in Windows

Users must open Windows Explorer and navigate to the location where the company file is stored. They must then right-click on the company file and choose ‘Properties. Then, they should uncheck the ‘Read-only’ box located at the bottom of the General tab window and select OK. When this is done, users must try to restore the company file once more.

Step 5: Renaming the original file before restoring it to the same location

Renaming the original file before restoring it to the same location

Users must first go to the location of the original company file, as mentioned in the second solution above. Then, they should right-click on the original file and choose ‘Rename’. Now, they should rename the file as (Company file)old.qbw. When done, users must try restoring the company file once more.

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FAQs


  1. What does QuickBooks Read-only error define?

    Some files on the hard drive is set to read-only where you can’t make any editions. To make new changes, firstly you have to remove the read-only feature in the file explorer. Once you have done this try to open the QuickBooks as an administrator. Then, open the file, if no issue is found you are all resolved with this error.

  2. How can I change the QuickBooks Read-only attribute to fix the error?

    First of all, open Windows Explorer and then select the file that you want to edit. Hit right-click on the File name and then choose the “Properties” menu. Hit click on the “General” tab and clear the “Read-only” check box to clear the read-only attributes/features or you can choose the box to set it. After this, click on the “Window Start” menu and then write the “cmd” in the search box.

  3. How can I change the format of the read-only file in QuickBooks?

    Open your QuickBooks and then choose the files that are available in the read-only format. Hit right-click on the selected company files. Hit the click on it and all options will appear on your screen. Choose the Properties from the main menu option. After this, unmark the checkmark in the read-only box under the features section. hit the Apply button and you are done with this program.

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