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Create or re-create the qbregistration.dat file

If the qbregistration.dat file is not created, created incorrectly, or becomes corrupted, you can create it yourself manually.

NOTE: following these steps will not effect the data in your Company File.

Detailed instructions

NOTE: You need your license and product numbers when creatin the qbregistration.dat file. 

To create the qbregistration.dat file:

  1. Browse to the QuickBooks folder where qbregistration.dat should be located, Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista: C:\ProgramData\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
  2. If qbregistration.dat already exists, rename it qbregistration.old.
  3. On your keyboard, press Windows + R to open the Run window. Enter notepad in the Open field and then click OK.
  4. Important: The text in bold red will need to be replaced with the information provided in step 6. The bold red text will appear as regular text in Notepad. Copy the following text into Notepad.

  5. xx.x">


  6. After pasting the text into Notepad, replace the bold red items accordingly:


    • Replace with 27.0 if you have QuickBooks 2017
    • Replace with 26.0 if you have QuickBooks 2016
    • Replace with 25.0 if you have QuickBooks 2015
    • Replace with 24.0 if you have QuickBooks 2014


    • Replace with pro if you have QuickBooks Pro.
    • Replace with superpro if you have QuickBooks Premier (not Accountant Edition).
    • Replace with accountant if you have QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition.
    • Replace with bel if you have QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions (not Accountant Edition).
    • Replace with belacct if you have QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Accountant Edition.


    • Replace with your QuickBooks installation product number.


    • Replace with your QuickBooks license number.

  7. IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE VERSIONS OF QUICKBOOKS INSTALLED ON ONE COMPUTER: For each version of QuickBooks installed on the computer, an additional copy of the italicized text (from ) must be included in qbregistration.dat. This copy should be pasted between and . You will need to replace the boldface items in the new section with the appropriate values corresponding to each unique version of QuickBooks

  8. Save the file with the name qbregistration.dat. In the Save as type list, choose All Files. Choose the same directory specified in step 1 (Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista: C:\ProgramData\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks).
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