QuickBooks Error 1904 occurs while installing the QuickBooks software. This article will help you in resolving this installation error so that you can install QuickBooks and use it for your business. You may get the following error message:

“Error 1904: [file path / name / extension] failed to register,”

QuickBooks Error 1904

If you are also facing this error then you don’t have to worry about your business data as your company files and other important data doesn’t get affected due to this error. You can resolve this error by following the steps provided in this article. You can also get in touch with us at QuickBooks Error Support Phone Number in order to get an instant resolution for your issues.

Causes Of QuickBooks Error 1904

  • You are trying to install QuickBooks using a damaged installation source.
  • Another QuickBooks installation is available in your system
  • Antivirus software is restricting the installation process
  • Your Windows OS is not compatible with the QuickBooks version that you are trying to install.

Before You Start

If any of the following point get applied to you then you have to skip the Special Case section:

  • Bitdefender security program is installed in your system.
  • You recently installed Adobe Flash
  • The Error 1904 message mentions QBversionTool.dll

Resolve QuickBooks Error 1904

Step 1: Run The QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool

If you have recently updated your Windows Operating system then using the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool can be used to resolve the error code 1904. If not, then you can skip this step.

  • Click on Ignore on the error message

Warning: Don’t open QuickBooks at all.

  • Restart your system.
  • Install and run the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool.
  • Restart your system again.

Try to run or install QuickBooks. If the error is still around then move on to the next solution.

Solution 2: Manually Fix Windows Components

There are chances that you are getting the error code 1904 due to damaged Windows components. This section will help you to repair some components manually.

These steps shouldn’t be performed if you are a beginner. You can consult your IT professional if you are not sure about performing these steps.

  • Repair or reinstall Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Repair Microsoft MSXML

Now, try to install QuickBooks again. If the error is still around then you can move on to the 3rd solution.

Step 3: Change Your Windows Account Settings

Switch to your Windows Administrator account

Note: You must be logged in to your system with administrator rights.

  • Open the Command Prompt on your screen from the Start menu.
  • Type net user administrator /active:yes and hit Enter. Close the command prompt once the command finishes.
  • Log off from your current Windows user.
  • Log in to the account that says Administrator and sign in. A password won’t be required.

Change your user permissions

  • Open the File Explorer by pressing Windows + E keys.
  • Locate to the folder path: C:\Program Files\Common Files.
  • Right-click on the Common Files folder and click on Properties from the drop-down list.
  • Click on Edit from the Security tab.
  • Click on Users from the Group or user names section.
  • Turn on the following permissions from the Permissions for Users section: 
    • Modify, Read & execute
    • List folder contents, Read
    • Write.
  • Click on Apply and then OK to save changes

Reinstall QuickBooks and sign out

You need to reinstall QuickBooks software using a clean install. Reinstalling QuickBooks do not have any negative affect on your existing company file so you don’t have to worry about that.

  • Log in to the Windows with administrator rights.
  • Open the Run command by pressing Windows + R keys.
  • Type CMD in the search field and hit enter or Click on OK.
  • Type net user administrator /active:yes and hit Enter. Close the command prompt once the command finishes.

If QuickBooks is running on your regular account then it means that the error is resolved.

If the error is still around then you need to reinstall QuickBooks using a fresh source as the previous installation is damaged. 

Alternative Solution Steps

If you are still getting the error code 1904 then you can try some alternative solution steps or quick fixes as well. You can perform these solutions for almost every error that you face in QuickBooks.

  • Try to install QuickBooks in safe mode with networking
  • Disable your antivirus software and then try to install QuickBooks
  • Configure Firewall settings that are compatible with your QuickBooks software
  • Try to install the latest version of QuickBooks
  • Download all the available Windows and Windows Driver updates
  • Perform a system restore to a date when you were not facing the error.

Resolve QuickBooks Installation Issues

Provided solutions should allow you to resolve the QuickBooks Error 1904 and you should be able to install the QuickBooks software. However, if the error couldn’t get resolved by manual efforts then the only thing that can work here is connecting with a QuickBooks ProAdvisor for support. For this, you can get in touch with us at our toll-free QuickBooks Technical Support Phone Number +1800-210-5289 and get your issues resolved in no time.

QuickBooks Error 1904

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