Troubleshooting QuickBooks Error 1712: A Comprehensive Guide

Seeing Error 1712 when opening QuickBooks can be incredibly frustrating. This error indicates that a vital QuickBooks component failed to initialize or has become damaged. Without access to QuickBooks, you can’t perform critical accounting and bookkeeping tasks for your business.

This comprehensive guide will explore the common causes of QuickBooks Error 1712 and actionable solutions to fix it. Whether it’s repairing damaged files, reinstalling components, or adjusting permissions, this guide will walk you through detailed troubleshooting steps. Follow along to get QuickBooks back up and running smoothly.

What Causes Error 1712 in QuickBooks?

The most common reasons for QuickBooks Error Code 1712 include:

  • Corrupted QuickBooks installation files or damaged .dll files
  • Missing or incorrectly registered .dll files
  • Incorrect permissions on .dll or other QuickBooks program files
  • Conflicts with other applications like antivirus or firewall software
  • Issues with multi-user access and company file hosting
  • Damaged registry entries related to QuickBooks
  • Outdated or broken components and dependencies

So, the error ultimately stems from files, dependencies, registries, or permissions preventing QuickBooks from loading correctly on startup. Identifying the specific cause is critical to resolving QuickBooks Error 1712.

Step 1: Run QuickBooks Installation Diagnostic

Intuit provides a QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool that automatically detects and troubleshoots many common issues causing Error 1712.

To run it:

  1. Download the Install Diagnostic Tool and save it.
  2. Close QuickBooks completely.
  3. Double-click the downloaded file to launch the installer diagnostics.
  4. Click Start to begin scanning your system.
  5. It will detect any errors or issues with your QuickBooks installation files.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to repair damaged installations automatically.

Running this thorough scan can instantly fix missing or corrupted components, leading to Error 1712. It’s always a good first troubleshooting step before digging deeper.

Step 2: Register and Reinstall Damaged .dll Files

If Error 1712 persists, the next thing to check is any damaged or missing .dll files used by QuickBooks. A .dll file contains programming code that QB needs to operate correctly.

To troubleshoot .dll files:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run command.
  2. Type “regsvr32 quickbooks.dll” and hit Enter. This registers the main QB .dll file.
  3. Repeat for other critical .dll files like qbfc.dll, dbflex.dll, and qbxfer.dll.
  4. If any .dll fails to register, try reinstalling it from your QuickBooks disc or downloaded file.
  5. You can also right-click the damaged .dll, select Properties, and click Unblock if access is restricted.
  6. Reboot your computer after registering .dll files and try opening QuickBooks again.

Reinstalling missing or corrupted .dlls can often resolve QuickBooks Error 1712 by fixing file associations. Make sure to target the suitable .dll versions for your QuickBooks edition.

Step 3: Adjust File Permissions

If QuickBooks files have incorrect permissions, QuickBooks Error Code 1712 can occur when accessing them. Ensure your Windows user account has full read/write access to all QuickBooks program directories and files.

To check and adjust permissions:

  1. Locate your QB installation folder, usually C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks.
  2. Right-click the folder and select Properties > Security.
  3. Click Edit, then Add to input your Windows username. Check the box for Full Control permission.
  4. Click OK and do the same for the C:\ProgramData\Intuit\QuickBooks folder.
  5. You can also right-click the QuickBooksRun.dll file and explicitly give your user Full Control.
  6. Repeat for other locked .dll, .exe or .tmp files in the Intuit\QuickBooks folders.
  7. Reboot and open QuickBooks to see if access issues due to permissions are resolved.

Adjusting permissions may require inputting admin credentials. However, it ensures QuickBooks can initialize its vital components without access barriers.

Step 4: Undo Any Software Changes or Conflicts

Think back to what was altered on the system right before Error 1712 appeared. Did you:

  • Install new antivirus or firewall software?
  • Upgrade Windows, QuickBooks or other applications?
  • Move company files to a new hosted location.
  • Enable new network security and permissions?

If so, one of these changes likely triggered the error by creating conflicts. Try reverting to your previous setup:

  • Uninstall/turn off new security or firewall apps
  • Roll back Windows or software upgrades
  • Switch company files back to local or original hosting
  • Reset security policies to what was configured before

Reversing recent tweaks until Error 1712 disappears can help narrow down the problematic change. Take note so it can be avoided going forward.

Step 5: Repair or Reinstall QuickBooks

If all else fails, initiate a QuickBooks Repair or complete reinstallation using your original install media. This will replace any corrupted files or registry issues with fresh components.

To repair, launch the QuickBooks Installer and select Repair when prompted. Alternatively, thoroughly uninstall and then reinstall QuickBooks clean.

Make sure to back up your company files beforehand! With fresh program files and registry settings, Error 1712 should finally be resolved.


QuickBooks Error 1712 can undoubtedly be frustrating. But carefully going through possible causes – damaged files, changes, permissions – and resetting the software should allow you to get QB running again. Patience and persistence are key.

If Error 1712 persists after exhausting troubleshooting, don’t hesitate to contact Intuit QuickBooks Support for additional assistance. But this comprehensive guide should equip you to get the error resolved yourself. Let us know if these steps successfully fixed QuickBooks Error Code 1712 for you!

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