Ideas to Rectify QuickBooks Unrecoverable Error

QuickBooks Unrecoverable Error

QuickBooks is an accounting software used by many people around the world. It helps and manages your accounts in a symmetric way, like this blog guides you through some general troubleshooting steps on how to fix Quickbooks unrecoverable error.

What Is QuickBooks Unrecoverable Error?

Normally QuickBooks works amazingly, but sometimes a technical issue, it can be internal or external can show you an error “QuickBooks Unrecoverable error”. It is one of the most common errors which happen when you want to open your company file or if you click on print, save, ship icon at the top of transactions. These types of errors typically show different-different error codes with each error containing a “5 digit space 5 digits” sequence.

QuickBooks Unrecoverable Error

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Some of the Unrecoverable Errors in QuickBooks

  • 02457 79428
  • 00000 14775
  • 00551 46274
  • 19758 63847
  • 20888 41171
  • 00000 15204
  • 15563 13890
  • 20103 33023

Symptoms of Unrecoverable Error in QuickBooks

There are some symptoms through which you can identify QB Unrecoverable Error. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Updates do not start or take forever time
  • While doing a particular task or opening it QuickBooks crashes
  • QuickBooks freeze and asking to close the active window or main window.
  • “Not able to save transactions in QuickBooks company file” or find the already saved transactions in QuickBooks company file

Causes of QuickBooks Unrecoverable Error

Although errors can happen anytime there are some causes through which the above error happens, find out the main causes which majorly responsible for “Unrecoverable Error in QuickBooks”.

  • While downloading a payroll update
  • While creating a portable file
  • User tries to send a payroll through direct deposit
  • Saving a transaction
  • Running verify or Rebuild
  • Using an open previous company feature
  • Try to open a company file
  • Closing a company file
  • While closing a current or open window in a company file

Solutions of “Unrecoverable Error in QB”

There are many solutions to the error or you can say it can be solved in many ways. Let’s check the ways one by one.

Solution 1: Suppress QuickBooks Desktop

Initially, while starting QuickBooks suppress the desktop:

  • Press and hold the Ctrl key
  • Click twice on QuickBooks icon
  • Press the Ctrl key and keep the Ctrl button as it is until “No company open” open

Repress the Desktop with opening a company file:

  • Select the proper company file from “No company window”
  • Press the “Alt” key and select the open icon
  • If you are diverted to the login details, then first release the Alt key and then go ahead with user name and password( if you are not diverted to login credentials then don’t release the Alt key
  • Press and hold the Alt key, then click on the ok icon, don’t open the Alt key until the file is completely open.

Solution 2: Restore the Backup Through Auto Data Recovery

  • Restore the QuickBooks backup files 
  • This step will also help you to solve the Unrecoverable errors.

Solution 3: Create a new Admin of Windows

For Win 7 and 8 follow the below points

  • Press Win+R and open new “Run” window
  • Type ”Control Board“ and click on ok
  • Go to user accounts >>manage other accounts
  • Create a new account then enter the name of the new account
  • Select the Administrator tab and then click on Create Account

For Windows 8.1:

  • Press Win+R buttons together
  • Type the “control panel ” and then click to the Ok button
  • Go to user accounts>>Manage other accounts>>other accounts>>add an account
  • Select the option” sign in without a Microsoft account” and then go to the local account tab
  • Enter the user name, password with password hint and then  choose Next icon
  • It will divert you to option “manage other accounts” display. Select the new build account, and then go to the edit icon.
  • Type the individual for the new user and select the administrator tab
  • Click on OK

For Windows 10

  • Go to start>>settings >>accounts>>family and various other users
  • Go to another user icon, select “add someone else to this computer”
  • Select “I don’t have this person’s sign-in info” icon after that adds a user without a Microsoft account.
  • Give the name to the new account and click Finish
  • Make a password-protected account to make sure security
  • Select the newly created account and then select the account type
  • Go to the Administrator tab and click on Ok

Solution 4: Check how Many Users are Affected

Know the number of users is influenced by using the different login details of the same company profile. If errors come in any specific user it should be removed and create again.

Condition 1: One person is damaged

  • Go to company menu>>set up users and passwords
  • Select set up users  tab
  • Enterprise users:  Go to Company menu>>select users option
  • Click on set up customers and roles
  • Click on Add user icon, then enter the user name and password, click on Next
  • Set the priority of the customer account and click on Finish
  • Go to File>>close company option
  • Sign in the QB company file utilizing the new log in the credentials

Condition 2: The admin is affected

  • Download the QuickBooks File Doctor tool
  • Install and run the executable file
  • File Doctor tool will automatically detect the issue and try to solve it

Solution 5: Troubleshoot QuickBooks Desktop

  • You need to repair the QuickBooks application
  • Download and run the QuickBooks install the diagnostic tool
  • Reinstall the QuickBooks
  • Manually repair your Microsoft components.  If you are not comfortable then go to any IT specialist.

Solution 6: At startup disable QuickBooks to open windows at startup

  • Press alt key, double click on QuickBooks application icon
  • When the system displays the “user password” release the Alt key and enter the password
  • Click on the Ok tab and once application launch click on Alt key again
  • At last release Alt button


At last, the result is that there are many ways to solve the unrecoverable error but the best easiest ways are given above to get rid of QB Unrecoverable error. If you are not comfortable with the above solutions then kindly get in touch with any IT professional.


What are the steps to restore the QuickBooks backup files for resolving QuickBooks Unrecoverable error?

It is crucial to restore a backup company file to prevent the occurence of unwanted error messages, this can be made in the following manner.

  • Pick out the option named Open or Restore Company from the file menu.
  • Then, choose Restore a backup copy and click Next.
  • After that, choose Local backup followed by Next.
  • Search for your company file on the browser.
  • Choose the folder where you want to save the restored Company file

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