Indications of QuickBooks Error 403

  • QuickBooks Error 403 will appear frequently on your screen and it will also crash a few other active programs.
  • Your desktop will crash or lag often while running the same program.
  • QuickBooks Error 403 message will be shown on your screen.
  • Your computer will get slow and will start to lag while taking input from mouse or keyboard.
  • Computer freezes periodically and stops responding to all commands for a couple of seconds to minutes.

The Error 403 can crop up on the screen when you are trying to Install any QuickBooks version on your desktop or installing a fresh Windows Operating System. This error can also be triggered during Windows Start up or Shut down. Keep a note of when and where do you get this error as it can really help with troubleshooting of the error.

Most Common Causes of QuickBooks Error 403

  • Improper or incomplete installation of QuickBooks software.
  • Your system files are infected with a Virus or Malware.
  • Registry files missing from the Windows Operating system or damaged.
  • Any QuickBooks Related vital program or tools deleted.

The error 403 can be triggered from various sources, so it is vital that you keep a record of the sources as we will troubleshoot all the sources.

How To Fix QuickBooks Error 403

Below is a list of troubleshooting steps to resolve your Error 403 problems. These troubleshooting steps get progressively more difficult and time consuming, so we strongly recommend attempting them in ascending order to avoid unnecessary time and effort.

Solution 1: Repair Registry Files Related to QuickBooks Error 403

Caution: We do not recommend manually repairing the Windows registry files unless you are a Professional or well versed with computers. Incorrect editing of the Windows registry can cause permanent damage to your Operating system. You can opt to use a registry cleaner or dial the QuickBooks Support Phone Number to get help from the QuickBooks Experts.

To manually repair the Registry files follow these steps:

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click on the Start button.
  • In the text field type “Command”, hold Ctrl+Shift and hit Enter.
  • Enter the admin password if you are not the admin and click on all positive prompts.
  • A black screen will open on your screen with a blinking cursor on it.
  • You have to type “regedit” on the screen and then hit Enter.
  • A registry editor will open on your screen; choose the key related to Error 403.
  • Click on Export and save.
  • The file will be saved with the extension “.reg”.
  • Now, you can follow the guide given for manually editing the registry files of your operating system website.

Solution 2: Run a Virus/Malware Scan on Your Computer

It is highly possible that the error 403 on your screen is due to some virus attack or malware infection on your computer. Some Viruses are specifically designed to attack your Operating system. Virus invade the crucial sanctum of information and can also delete or damage the registry or run time files. Run a scan on your computer and get rid of all the Viruses, Adware and Malware.

Solution 3: Delete Temporary Files and Folders

If you haven’t deleted this junk files in a long time, they will get accumulated and cause errors and even slow down your computer. Using the Disk Cleanup will not only get rid of the QuickBooks Error 403 but also speed-up your computer significantly. Follow these steps to clean your computer:

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click on the Start button.
  • In the text field type “Command”, hold Ctrl+Shift and hit Enter.
  • Enter the admin password if you are not the admin and click on all positive prompts.
  • A black screen will open on your screen with a blinking cursor on it.
  • You have to type “cleanmgr” on the screen and then hit Enter.
  • Disk Cleanup will start and run a scan on your computer. It will give you a report which will mention the exact size of the junk files. You can select which files to delete by clicking on the checkboxes. Click on OK and restart your computer.
  • Try running your QuickBooks and if you face the same error then move on to the next solution.

Solution 4: Update your PC Device Drivers

QuickBooks Error 403 can also come due to a corrupted or outdated device driver. Update all of your device drivers by going on their official websites and updating them one by one. You can also use a driver update tool such as DriverDoc to update your drivers automatically. Restart your computer after updating your drivers and you should be able to use your QuickBooks. If the error still exists, move to the next solution.

Solution 5: System Restore

The tool System Restore can be used to recover files and revert any corruption or damage to the files to their earlier state. You can use this tool to save hours of time which you might spend on troubleshooting problems related to QuickBooks Error 403.

Follow these steps to restore your system

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  • In the space provided for searching type “System Restore” and hit enter.
  • Click on the System restore tool.
  • Follow the instructions on your screen.
  • Enter your Password if you get a prompt on your screen asking for it.
  • Let the restoring process complete as it can take some time.

Solution 6: Reinstall QuickBooks Related Software

If the error is coming due to a certain program, reinstalling the QuickBooks related software can get rid of the error.

Guide for Windows 7/Vista

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click on the Start button.
  • Go to Control Panel>Programs>Programs and Features>QuickBooks.
  • Navigate to QuickBooks related programs and click on the uninstall button.
  • Follow the instructions on your screen to uninstall the programs.

Guide for Windows XP

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click on the Start button.
  • Go to Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs.
  • Navigate to QuickBooks related programs and click on the uninstall button.
  • Follow the instructions on your screen to uninstall the programs.

Guide for Windows 8

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard to produce the start menu on your screen.
  • Click on Programs and Features and locate programs associated with QuickBooks Error 403.
  • Click on the uninstall button.
  • Follow the instruction on your screen to uninstall the programs.

Solution 7: Use Windows File Checker

Windows file checker is a very useful tool which comes with your Windows. You can use the Windows File Checker to scan and restore corruptions in Windows system files.

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click on the Start button.
  • In the text field type “Command”, hold Ctrl+Shift and hit Enter.
  • Enter the admin password if you are not the admin and click on all positive prompts.
  • A black screen will open on your screen with a blinking cursor on it.
  • You have to type “sfc/scannow” on the screen and then hit Enter.
  • Be patient as the process can take a while to complete.
  • Follow the instructions on your screen to restore the corruptions.

Solution 8: Install all Windows Updates

Sometimes installing updates for your windows can help you get rid of errors.

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click on the Start button.
  • You have to type “update” in the search box and then hit Enter.
  • Look for updates, if there are any install them.
  • Click on the “Install Updates” button.

Solution 9:  Reinstall Windows

Installing Windows is a rigorous task and you also need advanced knowledge of operations to resolve Error 403. Make sure that you have created a backup of all your data to avoid losing any of the important pictures, files or folders. This is the last step involved in resolving the QuickBooks Error 403. Everything will be deleted from your drive once you reinstall Windows.

These are the resolutions that Intuit recommends to all its Users if they are facing the Error 403 on their screen. However, if the QuickBooks Error 403 is not fixed by following the above given steps then you need to contact the QuickBooks Enterprise Help Number by dialing +1-888-557-6950. Our QuickBooks Experts will be diagnosing your QuickBooks to find the root cause of the problem and resolve it.