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The File You Specified Cannot be Opened

Are you trying to open a QuickBooks Desktop company file? If so, this error is caused when the file that you want to access is not found in the system. It can also occur if it is used by any other user.

Why this error comes?

The reason behind this error may be because QuickBooks has downloaded software or payroll updates and now it is not able to install these updates because of Windows user permissions or user control settings in windows vista or windows 7/8, Window 10.

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Here are a couple ways to resolve this error:

How to Fix “The File You Specified Cannot be Opened”

  • Run as Administrator
  • Update Windows Permissions

To run as Administrator:

  1. Go to the Windows Start menu and search QuickBooks.
  2. Right-click on the QuickBooks version and year you’re using. 
  3. Select Run as administrator.
  4. After that, close QuickBooks and reopen it.

If you’re still having the error message, proceed in updating your Windows Permissions:

  1. Go to your Windows Start menu and search File Explorer, then open it. 
  2. Find your QuickBooks program file, right-click your QuickBooks program (QBW32.EXE) file and select Properties.
  3. Select Security, then Edit and Add. This is to set Everyone.
  4. In the Security window, select the checkbox for Full control and then select OK.
  5. Select Add again. In the window, type in “Users” and then select OK.
  6. In the Security window, select the checkbox for Full control and then select OK.
  7. When you’re ready, select Apply and then select OK to close your settings.

Solution 1: Open QuickBooks with elevated Administrator permission

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  • Close QuickBooks
  • Make a right click on the QuickBooks icon.
  • Select Run as administrator (Windows XP users will see an option of Run as…)
  • Enter login credential for a windows administrator user if promoted.
  • No error will appear when the QuickBooks file is opened; any updates will install without further prompt.
  • Close QuickBooks
  • Open QuickBooks as you normally would error should no longer appear.
  • Select Run as administrator (Windows XP users will see an option of Run as…)
  • Enter login credential for a windows administrator user if promoted.
  • No error will appear when the QuickBooks file is opened; any updates will install without further prompt.
  • Close QuickBooks
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