The QuickBooks abort error is an unexpected error that mainly occurs when opening or accessing company file in a multi-user environment. It occurs if the connection to the company file gets interrupted. When this error occurs, the application suddenly terminates. Due to this, you may fail to save the changes in the company file, which may lead to data loss. In this article, we’ll discuss different ways to troubleshoot the Abort error in QuickBooks.
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What Causes Abort Error in QuickBooks?
You can experience the QuickBooks abort error due to one of the following reasons:
- Lack of permissions to access the folder where the company file is saved
- Unstable internet connection
- Firewall is blocking QuickBooks access over the network
- The company file is corrupted
- Incorrect hosting settings
- Damaged QBWUSER.ini file
- Company file name is too long
Methods to Fix the QuickBooks Abort Error
The QuickBooks abort error can occur if you have not logged in to the QuickBooks with administrative rights. Make sure you have administrative rights. Also, check and ensure that your QuickBooks version is up-to-date. If not, then install the latest QuickBooks application updates. After performing these basic steps, follow the methods given below to fix the error.
Method 1 – Check and Change Hosting Settings on the Server
If you use company file on the network and the server has incorrect hosting settings, then you may encounter the QuickBooks abort error. To resolve the error, you can check and change the hosting settings on the system hosting the company file. Here are the steps:
- In QuickBooks, navigate to File > Utilities.
- Click Host Multi-User Access and then click Yes.
Note: Make sure the Host Multi-User Access option is disabled on each workstation.
Method 2 – Check the Folder Permissions
The QuickBooks abort error can appear if you don’t have permissions to access the folder containing the company file. So, verify the permissions and then change them if required. To do this, follow the below steps:
- Open the File Explorer window (by pressing Windows Key + E).
- Go to the Folder (where your company file is saved), right-click on it, and then click Properties.
- On the Properties window, click the Security tab, select the user name, and then check whether all permissions are allowed.
- If not, then click Edit and enable the following:
- Full Control
- List folder contents
- Read & execute
- Once you applied all the changes, click OK.
Method 3 – Rename QBWUSER.ini File
The ‘abort’ issue in QuickBooks can occur if the QBWUSER.ini file is damaged or corrupted. QBWUSER.ini file contains critical QuickBooks application-related settings. Renaming this file re-generates the file and helps to resolve this error. To rename the QBWUSER.ini file, follow these steps:
- Open the folder containing the QBWUSER.ini file. Generally, this folder is located at:
Users[Your user name]AppDataLocalIntuitQuickBooks [year].
- Once located, right-click on the QBWUSER.ini file and then click the Rename option.
- Next, add .old at the end of the file name. For instance, QBWUSER.ini.old.
- Now, try to open the company file to check whether the error is fixed or not.
Method 4 – Check the Exceptions in Firewall Settings
If you haven’t provided exceptions for QuickBooks files in firewall settings, then it may block access to company files in a multi-user environment, thus leading to QuickBooks abort error. You can check the Firewall Settings and make sure exception for QBW32.exe, QBUpdate.exe, QBDBMgr.exe, and QBDBMgrN.exe files are allowed. Here’s how to do so:
- In your system’s start menu, type Windows Firewall, and press the Enter key.
- In Windows Firewall, click the Advanced Settings option.
- Next, right-click on the Inbound Rules and then click on New Rule.
- Click the Program option and then click Next.
- Click This Program Path and then click Browse.
- Search and select QBW32.exe.
- Click Next and click Allow the connection.
- Make sure all profiles are marked and then click Next.
- Create a rule and give a name.
Note: Repeat the same steps for outbound rules (select Outbound Rules, instead of inbound rules) and creating exceptions for QBUpdate.exe, QBDBMgr.exe, and QBDBMgrN.exe.
Method 5 – Repair your Company File
The QuickBooks abort error can also occur due to issues within the company (QBW) file. The file may be damaged or corrupted. To fix company file issues, you can use the QuickBooks File Doctor tool. This tool is a component of QuickBooks Tool Hub. So, download, install, and launch the recent version of Tool Hub. Then, follow these steps to repair the company file using the File Doctor tool:
- On the tool hub, click Company File Issues.
- Click Run QuickBooks File Doctor. The tool may take a few seconds to open.
- Choose the affected company file from the dropdown menu.
- Click on the Check your file option and click Continue.
- In the prompted window, enter the “QuickBooks admin password” and click Next.
- The scan time may vary according to your company file size.
- Once the scan completes, open QuickBooks and the company file.
Repair Company Files without Data Loss [Fast and Easy]
If the QuickBooks File Doctor tool fails to repair your company file, it might be due to severe corruption. You can use a professional QuickBooks repair tool, like Stellar Repair for QuickBooks to repair highly corrupted company files. It can help you recover all the data from the damaged company file without any data loss. Also, there is no file size limitation. It has a simple UI to make the repair process easy and quick. The tool supports company files of all QuickBooks editions, including Pro, Premier, and Enterprise solutions.
Above, we have discussed different methods to fix the Abort error in QuickBooks. To resolve the error, you can check and fix network connection issues, hosting settings, firewall settings, etc. If corruption in QBW file is the cause behind this error, you can use Stellar Repair for QuickBooks to repair the corrupt QBW file. The tool is built with advanced algorithms to repair the QuickBooks company file with complete integrity. Also, it allows you to preview the recoverable data of the company file before saving. You can download the tool’s demo version to check its functionality.