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It has been reported by many QB users that after the successful installation of QuickBooks desktop when they entering their validation code or license & product number for activating QuickBooks desktop, few error messages are occurring on their computer screen. Here, in this blog I am going to talk about these QuickBooks desktop activation issue and what should you do when you encounter them. However, If you have any query regarding this, you can reach out to QuickBooks error support team to resolve all QB errors in no time.

If you are a QB user then you also may get the following error message after entering your validation code or license and product number for QuickBooks activation.

The validation code is incorrect. Please verify the number and enter it again.

This service is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

You have entered incorrect license/product numbers. Please check the numbers carefully.

Are you looking for the best way to resolve these error QuickBooks desktop activation issue? Don’t worry, these errors can be easily solved with the help of the below suggested solution methods.

Important Points to Remember before Performing any of the Suggested Solutions

  • Check if QuickBooks is already active
  • Verify the license and product code of the QuickBooks software you are using (Note: License number and product version match the one on the sticker on the QuickBooks product package)
    • For any downloaded product check the confirmation mail from Intuit at the time of purchase.
    • In case you have QuickBooks on a CD then check the sticker on the CD Package.
    • In case of ProAdvisors, visit member support for installation code.
Intuit licence and product number - screenshot

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How to Fix QuickBooks Desktop Activation Issue?

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If you get the error “The validation code is incorrect” or “This service is temporarily unavailable” then check recommended solutions and then execute the appropriate way to fix the problem during QuickBooks desktop activation

Solution 1: Verify the system date & time settings are correct.

  • First, close QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Then right click on the Windows Taskbar” icon and then select to “Change the time and date“.
  • Click on the Date and Timeicon and set them.
  • Then, click on the Apply tab and after that on OKicon.
  • After this, open the QuickBooks desktop and the click on theHelptab then Activate QuickBooks followed by the Activation tab.
  • Finally, enter the Validation Code and then click on the Nexticon.

Solution 2: Reactivate MSXML quickbooks desktop activation issue

We recommend you to perform this action with the help of your IT professionals or a windows experts.

64-bit operating system, activate MSXML with the following commands:

  • At first, open the Start Menu, type-in the cmdand then right click and Run as Administrator.
  • At the prompt, enter the “cd\ windows\syswow64
  • Enter the regsvr32 MSXML4.dll and press the Enterbutton.
  • Enter the regsvr32 MSXML6.dll and press the Enter button.

32-bit operating system: Register MSXML with the following command:

  • First of all on your keyboard, press the Windows + Rkeys to open the Run window.
  • Enter the CMD and press the Enter key
  • Enter the regsvr32 MSXML4.dll and press the Enter button.
  • Also, Enter the regsvr32 MSXML6.dlland press the Enter button.

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Solution 3: Resetting of the .ecml file

When QuickBooks Desktop is installed you have to provide the license number as well as product code to complete the process of installation and validate your copy of QuickBooks. At times an encrypted file with all those information may be damaged and it is then QuickBooks will not open and may display the error message. In such situations, removing or deleting the entitlement file and then re-entering the license and produce data will help solve the issue.

Delete EntitlementDataStore.ecml file

Delete the ‘EntitlementDataStore.ecml’-file -
  1. At first, close the QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Make sure that all QuickBooks processes are no longer running.
    • From the keyboard, press the Ctrl + Shift + Esckeys and after this the Task Manager tab opens.
    • Go to the ‘Windows 10: Click “More Details” to show task manager.
    • After this, click on the Process tab.
    • Then sort the processes alphabetically by clicking on the processor name header.
    • For all examples of QBW32.EXE, click the Search option and then End Jobicon.
  3. Open the Entitlement Data folder for your operating system and version of QuickBooks.
    • On the keyboard, press the Windows + Rkeys so as to open the Run window.
    • Enter the “C: \ ProgramData \ Intuit \ Entitlement Client \ v8 (or v6)” and then tap “Enter” (Folder location is similar for all variants QuickBooks desktops and QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise .)
  4. Right-click the “EntitlementDataStore.ecml file” and choose “Delete” option.
  5. Click the Yes icon to confirm that you want to delete the file.
  6. Lastly, open the company file and then follow the instructions to register the application.

Solution 4: Run QBInstall Tool

Installation of QuickBooks tool hub

In case you are not able to install or open QuickBooks Desktop, then QuickBooks Installation Diagnostics tool (OBInstall) can help. This tool is designed in such a way that automatically identifies and fixes the problems with .NET Framework, C ++, and MSXML.

There is no need or doing any manual steps as the most of the work will be done by the tool saving a lot of your time that would otherwise been used to solve the issue.

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Solution 5: Restore the QuickBooks Desktop

At times when QuickBooks function gets damaged or any problem cannot be fixed then uninstall the QuickBooks Desktop. After this rename the installation files back and again reinstall the QuickBooks Desktop to your system. This whole process is called clean install.

Solution 6: Create a new Windows Administrator

Add New Windows Administrator User in windows 10

For Windows 10

  • Sometimes, it is important to try new windows users to eliminate user account damage.
  • At first, select the Start icon and click on the “Settingstab.
  • Now, Select the accountssection & also click the Family & other usersoption.
  • Under Other User icon, just click Add an additional person to this computer system.
  • Below of the web page, click ‘I do not have the sign-in information for this person‘.
  • At the end of the next page, click the Add users icon without a Microsoft account.
  • Enter the name of the new account.
  • Now, click the Finish By default icon, the new account is established as the standard user.
  • After than click on the recently created account as well as click on the “account type“.
  • Click the drop-down menu as well as choose the Admintab
  • Now click on the OKtab.
  • Second last after creating new users, logout from Windows and also sign-in back as a new user.
  • After that Open the “QuickBooks desktopand also choose theHelpicon > “Activate QuickBooksicon > “Start Activationicon.

Note: (For the Canadian version of QuickBooks, click on the “Help” tab > “Register QuickBooks” tab > “Register” tab).

If these troubleshooting steps fixes your error then make a decision whether to keep or get rid of the new administrative user as well as continue to use the existing one.

For Windows 8

  • Open the system window, tap on the Windows + E key on the keyboard simultaneously.
  • At the top of the screen, choose the Computer tab and select the Open Control Panel tab.
  • Choose the User Accounts tab => Manage another account tab.
  • Once the Manage Account screen appears, choose the Add a new user in PC settings option.
  • Type-in the username & domain name, and then choose the Next icon.
  • Choose the Administrator access for this new user, then choose the Finish tab.  
  • Once you create a new user, sign-out & sign back in as a new user.
  • Open the QuickBooks & attempt to register by selecting the Help tab => Activate QuickBooks tab => Begin Activation tab. (In QuickBooks Canadian version, you should go to Help tab => Register QuickBooks tab => Start Registration tab.)

For Windows 7

  • Choose the Windows or Start tab, and then select the Control Panel tab.
  • Select the User Accounts tab, and then Manage Use Accounts tab.
  • Once the User Accounts screen opens, select the Add tab.
  • Type-in the new user name & domain name, and then choose the Next tab.
  • Choose the Administrator access for this new user, then choose the Finish icon.
  • Once you created a new user, sign-out & sign-in the windows as a new user.
  • Open the QuickBooks & make an attempt to register it by selecting the Help tab => Activate QuickBooks tab => Start Activation tab. (For the QuickBooks Canadian version, go to the Help tab => Activate QuickBooks tab => Begin Registration” tab.)

Also read: How to Fix QuickBooks Error Code 6150?

Solution 7: Close all versions of QuickBooks

  1. First of all you need to Press “Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys, on your keyboard.
  2. Select the Processestab.
  3. After that choose the Image Name to sort the processes alphabetically.
  4. Next, End any of the processes that show in the following list:
    • QBW32.EXE
    • qbupdate.exe
    • QBWebconnector.exe
    • QuickBooksMessaging.exe
    • QBDBMGR.exe
    • Any remaining process that starts with QB
  5. Now Close the Task Manager“.
  6. Finally Install QuickBooks.

Final Note!

We hope this article helped you to solve the QuickBooks desktop activation issue. If none of the above solutions resolve the validation code issue then we recommend you to seek assistance from our certified QuickBooks support Proadvisor team. Dial our toll-free +1-844-499-6700 to directly connect with us.


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Some FAQs Related to QuickBooks Desktop Activation Issue

What is QuickBooks Desktop activation and why is it necessary?

QuickBooks Desktop activation is a process that verifies the authenticity of your software and allows you to use all its features. It is necessary because without activation, you will not be able to use QuickBooks Desktop for accounting and financial management.

How can I activate QuickBooks Desktop using the product key?

To activate QuickBooks Desktop using the product key, you need to open the software and go to the Help menu. From there, select “Activate QuickBooks Desktop” and follow the instructions on the screen. If you face any issues during activation, you can call our toll-free number +1-844-499-6700 for assistance.

What should I do if QuickBooks Desktop activation fails?

If QuickBooks Desktop activation fails, you should check if you have entered the correct product key and other details. If the issue persists, you can try restarting your computer and then activating the software again. If you still face issues, you can contact QuickBooks Desktop support for assistance.

Can I activate QuickBooks Desktop on multiple computers with one product key?

No, you cannot activate QuickBooks Desktop on multiple computers with one product key. Each installation of QuickBooks Desktop requires a unique product key, and you need to purchase separate licenses for each computer.

How long does QuickBooks Desktop activation take?

QuickBooks Desktop activation usually takes only a few minutes, depending on your internet speed and the performance of your computer. If the activation process takes longer than expected, you can contact QuickBooks Desktop support for assistance.
Don’t hesitate to call our toll-free number +1-844-499-6700 if you face any activation issues or have any other queries related to QuickBooks Desktop.

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