Error: qbregistration.dat – QuickBooks has a Problem, How to Fix?

Do you know at times while starting QuickBooks Desktop, you might get an error message “QuickBooks has a problem in reading this registration file: qbregistration.dat”. This error primarily occurs if there is some issue in the User Account Control settings or there is a Norton product installed as well as running along with your QuickBooks.

In addition to this, the Error “QuickBooks has a problem in reading this registration file: qbregistration.dat” can also occur the QuickBooks installation files are corrupted. Wondering how to fix it? In this article, we will tell you the step-by-step instructions to fix “error: QuickBooks has a problem in reading this registration file: qbregistration.dat” on your own.

Causes of QuickBooks Error: qbregistration.dat

  • Damaged or corrupted qbregistration .dat file.
  • The component of the MSXML gets corrupted.
  • Getting an issue with the UAC setting.
  • Antivirus or windows firewall blocking QuickBooks .

Solution to fix error: QuickBooks has a problem in reading this registration file: qbregistration.dat

Below we have given three solutions that you can try to resolve the problem. for best results, it is highly recommended to follow the solutions in the given order only.

For Windows 10, 8/8.1 and 7, do the following:

  • Press the Windows + E keys on your keyboard.
  • The Computer window will open.
  • Click on Open Control Panel.
  • Go to the drop-down menu and click on View
  • Select Large icons.
  • Click on User Accounts.
  • Then select Change User Account Settings.
  • Move the slider:
    • Set toNever Notify to turn UAC OFF
    • Click on OK.
    • Again set to Always Notifyto turn UAC ON
    • One done, clickon OK
  • Restart your computer.

For Windows Vista, do the following:

  • Click on the Windows Start button
  • Click on Control Panel.
  • In case, it isn’t selected, on the left side of the window, click on Classic View.
  • Then double-click on User Accounts.
  • Click on Turn User Account Control on or off.
  • Choose or clear Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer.
  • Once done, click on OK.
  • Then reboot your computer.
  • Download and save the msxml.msi file on your desktop.
  • Press the Windows+R key on your keyboard. The Run window will appear.
  • There type exe /fvaum “%userprofile%\Desktop\msxml.msi”.
  • Then click on OK.
  • As required, create or re-create the dat file.
  • Now register the MSXML DLL files:

For Windows 10,8, or Vista, do the following:

  • Press the Windows keya.
  • Type cmd.
  • Now right-click on the Command prompt and select Run as Administrator.
  • Then type regsvr32 MSXML3.dll.
  • Press the Enter key.
  • On receiving the “DllRegisterServer in msxml3.dll succeeded” message, click on OK.
  • Then type regsvr32 MSXML4.dll and press the Enter key.
  • On receiving the “DllRegisterServer in msxml4.dll succeeded” message, click on OK. (In case MSXML4.dll don’t register, you might have to turn off the User Account Control. And once done, don’t forget to turn it on).
  • Then type regsvr32 MSXML6.dll and press the Enter key.
  • On receiving the “DllRegisterServer in msxml4.dll succeeded” message, click on OK.
  • Try to restart your QuickBooks Desktop.

For Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista 64-bit, do the following:

  • Press the Windows key.
  • The type cmd.
  • Now right-click on the Command Prompt
  • Select Run as Administrator.
  • Type cd \Windows\syswow64.
  • Press theEnter
  • Again type regsvr32 MSXML3.dll
  • Then press the Enter
  • On receiving the “DllRegisterServer in msxml3.dll succeeded” message, click on OK.
  • Type regsvr32 MSXML4.dll
  • Once done, press the Enter
  • One receiving the “DllRegisterServer in msxml4.dll succeeded” message, click on OK.
    (However, if MSXML 4.dll fails to register, you might have to turn off the User Account Control. And once done, don’t forget to turn it on).
  • Type regsvr32 MSXML6.dll
  • And then press the Enter
  • On receiving the “DllRegisterServer in msxml4.dll succeeded” message, click on OK.
  • Try to restart your QuickBooks Desktop.

For the clean installation of the QuickBooks Desktop, you need to first uninstall the software that is giving you trouble. It will resolve the company file problems. It is recommended to create a backup of the company file before proceeding with the clean installation process and the license number.

Here jotted down the steps to uninstall QuickBooks Desktop:

  • Initially, you have to locate Windows Start Menu
  • After this find the Control Panel
  • Now click on it to open it
  • Choose the Programs and Features /uninstall a program
  • Now choose the QuickBooks Desktop version that creating problems from the listed installed software
  • Click on Uninstall/ Change button
  • Read the onscreen instructions
  • Sometimes the option does not appear then you have to sign-out and then sign-in back with admin credentials
  • Afterward, download the QuickBooks Tool Hub from any trustworthy website and install it.
  • It will help to resolve common errors.
  • Now run the clean installation Tool to rename the old installation folders to
  • It permits the software to embed installation files for the future at the time you reinstall the software
  • Locate the QuickBooks Tools Hub
  • Choose installation issues
  • After this click on Clean Install Tool
  • Choose OK button
  • Now choose the required version of QuickBooks and product
  • After this hit on Continue button
  • Click on the OK option if you get a message on the screen “Please install your copy of QuickBooks to the default location.”
  • Once the clean install Tool completes the process then be prepared to re-install the QuickBooks Desktop
  • Now Reinstall the QuickBooks
Need Professional Help?

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  1. How can I install the QuickBooks Tools Hub?

    💠 First of all close the QuickBooks
    💠 It is highly suggested you download the advanced version of the QuickBooks Tool Hub
    💠 After this save the file in easy to access location in your system
    💠 Once you have downloaded the file named QuickBooksToolHub.exe then follow the instructions that appear on the screen
    💠 Agree to the terms and condition asking the prompt
    💠 Wait for some time till the installation process completed
    💠 Now you have to double-click on the icon which displays on the screen to open the Tool Hub

  2. Where can I find the qbregistration.dat file on my system?

    You need to follow the below path: qbregistration.dat is C:\ProgramData\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks.

  3. What is the role of the QBregistration.dat file in QuickBooks?

    QBregistration.dat file comprises all the mandatory installation files of QuickBooks including license number which is need while software activation.

  4. How can I create the QBregistration.dat file in QuickBooks?

    💠 First of all you have to press Windows+E button altogether
    💠 It will display Windows Explorer on the screen
    💠 Locate the folder which contain C:\ProgramData\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
    💠 Now Open the notepad in the screen by pressing Windows+R button simulatanously
    💠 Hit on OK button
    💠 You have to copy the below-described code and then paste into the notepad:
    💠 <?xml version=”1.0″?><QBREG><QUICKBOOKSREGISTRATION><VERSION number=”xx.x”><FLAVOR name=”version”><VersionNumber></VersionNumber><InstallNumber></InstallNumber><SerialNumber></SerialNumber><RegistrationNumber></RegistrationNumber><LA>YES</LA><InstallID>000-000</InstallID><LicenseNumber>0000-0000-0000-000</LicenseNumber><QBMode1></QBMode1><QBMode2></QBMode2><QBMode>000073adbf3f</QBMode><ActivatedProduct></ActivatedProduct><NFVN></NFVN><NFLN></NFLN><NFID></NFID></FLAVOR></VERSION></QUICKBOOKSREGISTRATION></QBREG>
    💠 Once you complete pasting the text into Notepad you have to replace the bold items as per requirement
    💠 Now alter the below information:
    –🔹 For QuickBooks Desktop 2018 write 28.0
    –🔹 QuickBooks Desktop 2017 enter 27.0
    –🔹 QuickBooks Desktop 2016 fill 26.0
    –🔹 Change the versions according to the versions you are using
    –🔹 000-000
    –🔹 Write the product number associated with QuickBooks
    –🔹 0000-0000-0000-000
    –🔹 Enter the QuickBooks license number
    –🔹 After this save this file
    –🔹 Now give a name dat
    –🔹 Once done locate the file option and then hit on Save button
    –🔹 Now select all files in the Save as Type

  5. Can Antivirus or System’s firewall be the reason behind the happening of qbregistration dat QuickBooks error?

    Yes, they might interfere with the QuickBooks smooth execution. You need to verify the firewall configuration to fix the error.

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