QuickBooks Desktop is available in both Windows and Mac versions, and the company releases newer versions of the software each year, adding more robust features to make the application more efficient and user friendly. However, while upgrading to a new version or re-installing QuickBooks, users sometimes encounter “QuickBooks Error 1334”, which hinders the application’s installation process.
The cause of 1334 Error is frequently associated with registry issues, damaged files, or when the required drivers are not installed on a Windows system which mostly happens either because windows has not been updated and sometimes because of a malicious file on the system such as a Malware or virus which may have corrupted the windows installer components.
The error 1334 commonly prompts because of technical changes made to the system for example: performing one of the following actions.:
- Launching or Opening QuickBooks after a windows update.
- Updating and repairing QuickBooks application.
- Installing QuickBooks on windows 10.
- Updating QB payroll services from Intuit Server.
Depending on the action you were performing when the error occurred, users may see one or more of the following warnings displayed on their screen:
error 1334 file right_top_corner.gif cannot be installed
quickbooks error 1334 qb_payroll_rpt.xlt
qb error 1334 repair ilxact3res.dll
quickbooks error 1334 the file ‘qbpayrolldata.ini’ cannot be installed
quickbooks error 1334 qbpayrolldata.ini
Note: Regardless of the Error message on your screen the source of the problem that is causing such issues remain the same and in this article we have explained the different ways you can troubleshoot to solve the issue without causing any damage to your data files.
Which missing or damaged files are causing 1334 Error?
QuickBooks requires the “Microsoft dotNet Framework”, “MSXML”, and “Microsoft Visual C ++” on Windows to function properly on your computer in order to update, repair, or complete a new installation process.
If these files become outdated, corrupted, or damaged, you will not only miss out on the latest updates, but you will also frequently have difficulty accessing certain features of the application that are critical to operate your QuickBooks software.
For your information, the Error code may differ and change depending on which file is causing the problem. Here is a list of Error codes that are related to the same QuickBooks problems.
Why does the error code 1334 occur?
- Damaged components in your company file.
- Corrupted Network data file
- When the QB transaction log file has been replaced.
- Missing Windows components
- When Windows installer service is not functioning.
- The hard drive on which QuickBooks is installed is having connection issues.
How to Fix QuickBooks Error 1334 when launching?
Since the Error 1334 arises in different scenarios we have categorized the steps dpending on when you you received the error while operating QuickBooks, For example if you received the error during an installation then peform the steps in Solution 1, If you are getting the error during and update then follow Solution 2 and so forth. Let’s Begin.
Step 1: Open the .QBW file location
If you encounter 1334 Error in QuickBooks when trying to open the application on your system than close the error dialogue box and perform the following steps to open you file.
- “Locate the folder” that contains your “QuickBooks company files”.( Usually found in the program files folder).
- “Select” the file ending with the “.QBW extension” from the list. For example: (mycompany).qbw.
- Double click to open.
If the file doesn’t open but instead an error shows up then move on to the Next step.
Step 2: Reboot your system
While working on the computer, we open and close numerous programs, such as installing and uninstalling software or apps. Your Internet browser, for example, may be open for hours or even days at a time. We don’t see a lot of what’s going on in the background.
A considerable number of logs and temporary caches were created by the background process. The majority of these remnants are stored in RAM, which consumes system resources. When RAM becomes insufficient, problems such as a Slow QB, QB refusing to open, and QuickBooks error 1334 warnings prompts.
Get rid of Error 1334 when installing QuickBooks
Step 1: Turn off User Account Control (UAC)
- “Open” the “UAC program” by typing it into the “Windows search box”.
- “Drag the slider” to the “Never notify” position to disable UAC.
- Then, click “OK”.
- Drag the slider to the desired position to “enable UAC”.
- After that, “press OK”.
- To apply the changes, “restart” your computer.
The solutions provided above should assist you in repairing any corrupted files in your operating system. Once they are ready, try re-installing QuickBooks once again.
- Press the “Windows key + R” keyboard shortcut to “repair.NET Framework” versions via the “Control Panel”.
- In the Open text box, type “appwiz.cpl” and press the “OK” button.
- Choose a “.NET Framework version” list of programs applet.
- Then click the “Change/Uninstall” button to bring up a window with a “Repair.NET Framework” option.
- “Select” the option to “Restore the.NET Framework” to its “Original state”.
- Then, to “Repair” the.NET Framework, click the “Next button”.
Step 3: Reinstall .NET Framework
- “Install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5″ as a Windows feature.
- “Press” the “Windows key and the R key” at the same time. In the “Run command box”, “type appwiz.cpl” and press “Enter” or click “OK”.
- “Click” the “Turn Windows features” on or off link in the Programs and Features window.
- Check to see if it has the dotNET Framework 3.5 (which includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) option. If so, “Enable” it before clicking “OK”.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation and, if necessary, “Restart the computer”.
- After that, the.NET Framework should be able to function normally again.
You can install .NET Framework 3.5 through the QuickBooks Installer wizard as well.
If QuickBooks requires the .NET Framework 3.5 but this feature isn’t enabled on your computer, the installation wizard will automatically prompt you to install the .NET Framework as aprt of the installation process.
To install .NET Framework 3.5, in this prompt, select Install this feature, and .NET Framework 3.5 will be installed automatically on your computer.
Fix 1334 Error when updating or repairing QuickBooks
Step 1: Run the system file checker
- Click “Start”.
- Type “CMD” in the search bar.
- “Right-click CMD.exe” and select “Run as administrator”.
- At the “User Account Control” (UAC) prompt, click “Yes”.
- “Type SFC / Scannow” in the input prompt window and press “Enter”.
- The System File Checker utility checks the integrity of Windows system files and repairs them if necessary.
Step 2: Use DISM Tool to restore Windows
- Launch “Windows Search bar”.
- Locate the “command prompt”, “right-click” the result at the top, and choose “Run as administrator”.
- Repair the Windows 10 image by typing and pressing the following command. “DISM / Online / Image Cleanup / RestoreHealth” Important: If the command appears to freeze, this is normal. Give it a moment and process will complete successfully after some time.
- Following completion of the steps, the tool will connect to Windows Update to download and (if necessary) replace the corrupted file.
After Windows has completed downloading the latest updates and your computer back on, Open QuickBooks > Click on Help menu > and select Update QB Desktop.
Step 3: Clean Install QuickBooks Desktop
After going through step 1 and 2 if you continue to get Error 1134 in QuickBooks during update and are unable to access your company files then reinstalling the application can solve the error.
Note: Reinstalling QB does not effect the accounting data stored on a company file.
- Type “Add and Remove Programs” on the windows search.
- Select the first option go to the installed programs list.
- Find “QB” from the list or type in the search bar on the top.
- “Right click” the version causing “1334 error” and select “uninstall”.
- Click ‘YES’ to confirm.
- “Restart” your computer.
- “Download” the latest release of your QuickBooks version here.
- Select the correct version (For example: 2021-2022 QuickBooks Pro, Premier or Enteprise)
- Begin installing the program > “Enter your product ID and License to complete“.
Step 4: Restore your computer
When you are having problems using QuickBooks on windows and you have tried all the troubleshooting steps mentioned above, however, the error still persists then restoring your PC to a previous state (means to a previous configuration) when everything was working properly may solve the Error code 1334 in QuickBooks.
Note: We recommend that you create a backup of all your important documents and files including any company file on an external Hard-drive or network drive before you restore your system. Even though you have an option to keep your files during the process.
Restore options in windows 10 and 11
Important: “It is advised to backup your system files and any data available in your computer C Drive before restoring your computer as thiy may delete some files and folders stored in your c drive”.
- Open “Start Menu”.
- Open “Settings”.
- “Select System”
- Go to “Recovery”.
- Click on “Reset PC”.
- Now you will be given an option to either keep your apps and files or delete them after restore, Choose an option suitable to your system settings and requirements. It is recommended to choose the option keep all your files and preinstalled apps.
After restoring your PC the 1334 Error will be permanently fixed.
This article includes basic to advanced troubleshooting methods for resolving QuickBooks Error 1334 when it occurs during installation, updating, or upgrading the version of your application. Because there is no single solution to the error as it appears in different scenarios, we have divided the troubleshooting steps into sections based on your situation when encountering the error in QuickBooks.
We hope you found the following tutorial useful and were able to resolve the issue so that you could resume normal business operations.