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Message: You do not have sufficient permissions to the specified folder

When opening a QuickBooks Desktop company file, you may see the error:

Why this is happening

Possible causes of this issue include the following:

  • The company file .qbw is located in a protected location such as the root of the C drive or Program Files on a Windows®Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 machine.
  • The file may be in a restricted location unlike the QuickBooks company file default location: C:Users/Public/PublicDocuments/Intuit/QuickBooks/Company Files
  • The access to the folder where company files are stored is not set up properly.
  • The folder the file(s) are stored in may be corrupt.
How to fix it

Intuit recommends more than one solution for this problem. The first solution may solve your problem, or you may need to try all of them to resolve the issue. For best results, perform the solutions in the order shown.             

Solution 1:  Run the QuickBooks File Doctor 

The QuickBooks File Doctor can help resolve this and similar issues.


Solution 2: Move the file to the QuickBooks Desktop company file default location

  1. Close QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Browse to the location of the company file.
  3. Right click on the QuickBooks Desktop company file.
  4. Choose  Copy.
  5. Browse to the default QuickBooks Desktop company file location location [C:Users/Public/PublicDocuments/Intuit/QuickBooks/Company Files].
  6. Right click and choose Paste.
  7. Open QuickBooks Desktop and open the company file from the default location.


Solution 3: Test and Set folder permissions

  1. Open Word, Wordpad or Notepad.
  2. Enter text.
  3. Save and close the file in the same folder where the company file exits.
  4. If the file saves without issue your folder has the correct permissions.
  5. If you get the same error, you may  need to set the folder permissions to share company files.


Solution 4: Set the QuickBooks shortcut to "Run as Admin"

  1. Close QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Right click on the QuickBooks Desktop Icon and select Properties.
  3. Select the Compatibility Tab.
  4. Select to Run as Admin.
  5. Open QuickBooks Desktop.

Solution 5: Create a new folder for company file(s)

  1. Create a new folder in the same directory.
  2. Move the company file(s) into the new folder.
  3. Set the folder permissions as needed.
  4. Open QuickBooks Desktop.
  5. Select File > Open or Restore Company.
  6. Browse to the new folder.
  7. Select and open the company file.
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