How to Resolve QuickBooks Error ‘The file you specified cannot be opened’?

QuickBooks Error the file you specified cannot be opened

QuickBooks, an accounting software, help businesses with their accounting applications and facilitates ease in performing business transactions and managing finances. While operating QuickBooks, users may come across some errors or issues that impede ease of functioning, may lead to the computer crashing or may stop the specified actions from going further. However, these errors can easily be resolved, and the following article seeks to guide users in rectifying the error and moving the operations forward.
While updating the payroll, opening an official form or paying dues, users may be faced with an error which reads – “The file you specified cannot be opened.”

What causes QuickBooks Error “The file you specified cannot be opened”?

While QuickBooks proceeds to install or download the various payroll updates, there may be some obstructions in the process due to certain Windows configurations regarding User Permissions or User Control Settings.  This is a common error on devices that run on Windows 7/8 and Windows Vista.

How to Resolve the error “The file you specified cannot be opened”?

There are a number of solutions to resolve this error. While any one of the solutions may help rectify it, it is suggested that you proceed through the solutions in the order given below, and perform the actions accordingly.

Solution 1: Use elevated Administrator permission to open QuickBooks

  • Close the QuickBooks application
  • Right-click the icon
  • Click on Run as Administrator. If you are using Windows XP, you will read it as Run as… followed by Administrator.
  • Type in the details required to log in as a Windows Administrator
  • The QuickBooks file should open, and no error should be encountered. Let the application install the remaining updates.
  • Close the QuickBooks application
  • To confirm that the error has been resolved, open QuickBooks again and check for no errors

Also Read: QuickBooks Desktop Errors and How QuickBooks Support Can Help You  

Solution 2: Restart the desktop or access User Account Control.

This can vary based on the version of Windows present on your computer.
For Windows Vista, follow the instructions given below:

  • Go to Windows Start and then proceed to Control Panel
  • Click on User Accounts, which may also appear as User Accounts and Family Safety
  • Select User Accounts again in the window
  • Check whether the UAC is turned on and off, and select it
  • Make sure that the checkbox for Use UAC to help protect your computer is not selected and go to OK
  • Reboot your computer

For Windows 7/8 follow the instructions given below:

  • Go to Windows Start and then proceed to Control Panel
  • Enter UAC in the search box that comes up, and proceed to select Change User Account Control settings
  • Once opened, you can follow any one of the following instructions:
  • Turn off UAC: Select Never notify and then click on OK. The computer may then ask you to enter in the login credentials. Enter the password. Once completed, reboot your computer.
  • Turn on UAC: Instead of selecting Never notify, you can select when you want to be notified, and then select OK. Provide the login credentials if necessary and enter the password. Once completed, reboot your computer.

What more can I do to fix this error?
QuickBooks aims to allow smooth operations for business transactions and seeks to avoid errors in the process. In case the solutions mentioned above do not work, you can proceed to repair the QuickBooks application through reinstallation, or you can uninstall and reinstall QuickBooks to make sure there is no error.
If you face any problems during this process, feel free to contact at QuickBooks error support number  1-855-857-0824 (toll-free)accessible at any time, any location.

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