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How to deal with the error 401 in QuickBooks?

QuickBooks error code 401

By Lillian MartinPublished 7 months ago 3 min read
QuickBooks error code 401

Want to quick fix the QuickBooks error code 401? If yes, then reading this post till the endwill surely help. This error is basically about an unauthorized request in the QuickBooks desktop andcan be easily fixed. It can be seen if the user signs into the company file or accountant toolbox. Or the user can also experience a similar issue when registering the QuickBooks installation or when sending an invoice with QuickBooks payments. This error code usually comes up with an error message stating “The remote server returned an error: 401 unauthorized. Request is unauthorized”. To get rid of the issue easily.

Causes of QuickBooks Error 401 in QuickBooks Desktop

3 Different reasons can provoke QuickBooks Error Code 401:

When you sign in to your company file or accountant toolbox.

You are registering during QuickBooks installation.

You are sending an invoice with QuickBooks Payments.

Simple Solutions to Resolve QuickBooks Error Code 401

An outdated application is one major reason why QuickBooks error 401 occurs in the desktop variant of the application. One simple solution is to update the QuickBooks Application. Follow these steps in order to do so:

Tap on No in the error message window to close it.

Now close your company file and then close QuickBooks.

Now go to the Windows Start menu and search QuickBooks desktop.

Right-click on its icon and select Run as administrator.

In the no company window, tap on the Help menu and choose Update QuickBooks Desktop.

Go on the Options tab and choose Mark all. Then tap on save.

Go to the Update Now tab and tick mark the Reset Update box.

Click on the Get Updates button.

Once the update finishes, reopen QuickBooks desktop and select Yes to install updates

Steps to fix the issue

The user can perform the steps to update the software to eliminate such an error in QuickBooks.

• Scheduling for future automatic updates

QuickBooks allow its users to set automatic updates successfully. This can be done using the set of steps listed below:

• The user can move to the help menu and opt for the update QuickBooks desktop

• And then navigate to the options tab

• Now, select yes to turn on automatic updates. It is recommended to share automatic downloads to other systems on the network, the user can select yes for each system

• And then, click on close

• Manual update process

If the user isn’t comfortable with the automatic updates, then he/she can perform the manual updates to get rid of the issue. The steps involved in this process are as follows:

o You can simply close the company file and QuickBooks

o And then open the windows start menu

o Once done with that, the user needs to look for QuickBooks desktop. And also, right click the icon and choose run as admin

o The user will then have to move to the help menu while on the no company open screen and then click on update QuickBooks desktop

o The next step is to move to the options tab and then choose mark all and then select save

o Now, navigate to the update now tab and also choose the reset update checkbox

o After done with that, select get updates

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We come to the end of this post, where we hope that the information shared in above might be of some help in getting rid of the issue permanently. However, if there is any query or if the user needs our assistance at some point in time, then connecting our QuickBooks tech support professionals at 1-888-351-0999 is recommended. We are a team of certified QuickBooks professionals who work round the clock in providing immediate support services.


About the Creator

Lillian Martin

Well I am Lillian Martin and I am a certified Axpert Accounting expert. I like to help people by sharing the things which I have learned. Visit us-

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