QuickBooks running slow Now in your control

by Jenifer J. Manager at QB Resolve

Hello readers! Are you a fan of QuickBooks software? Do you use the same software most of the time? If you know the answers to these then you should read further. Now the final question. Did you ever face the issue of QuickBooks running slow? In this article, we will discuss, how to speed up QuickBooks in no time.

QuickBooks is an accounting software meant to perform bookkeeping, taxation, payroll, inventory, invoicing, expense management, budgeting, and many more accounting activities. in one umbrella platform. Although it's a huge platform, there are times when technical glitches emerge and one such issue is QuickBooks running slow.

QuickBooks & Intuit: Who are they

Intuit developed several associated tools for QuickBooks so that QB can have an easier and faster interface. Such as QB Diagnostic Tool, QB Clean Install Tool, QB Utility Tool, QB Migration Tool, etc. Even so, that is not the case all the time. The readers/users need to understand the behind the scene factors. It is necessary to mention here that QuickBooks has several versions as per the desired standards of the customers.

Each of these variations of QuickBooks software has independent reasons to be slow and their respective curing is also varying. Still, for convenience, we will take QuickBooks Desktop as the basic or default version to discuss and demonstrate in the article.

The factors which determine QB's slowdown, are explained below:

  1. QuickBooks is not updated.
  2. The computer does not meet the minimum system requirements.
  3. Damaged or missing QBWUSER.INI file.
  4. Corrupted hard drive.
  5. Damaged program files or QuickBooks Desktop installation.
  6. Damaged Windows OS

For the QB Online version, the reasons for slowing down are cited below:

  1. Outdated browser
  2. Outdated system

After identifying the core reasons, our readers may now proceed to seek solutions. Some solutions are demonstrated below:

Run a diagnostic tool

In order to scrutinize what is the main issue. Do the following:

  1. Download the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool.
  2. Save the file to your local Desktop.
  3. Close any open programs and run the QB Install Tool.
  4. Reboot the computer after running the tool to ensure the components are properly updated.

Upgrade the OS

Simple upgrade the operating system by online or offline mode. You can attempt the generic process.

Rename the QBWUSER.ini file

There are times when you might need to modify the name of the file or during any troubleshooting. Here it goes:

  • Open the folder where the QBWUSER.ini file is saved: Users[Your user name]AppDataLocalIntuitQuickBooks [year].
  • Right-click on the file, select the Rename option and add .old to the name of the file - QBWUSER.ini.old.
  • Next, you also need to find and rename the EntitlementDataStore.ecml file.
  • Finally, close this window and relaunch QuickBooks Desktop to allow it to recreate the files.

Reinstall QuickBooks using the Clean Install Tool

The QuickBooks Clean Install Tool removes QB installation files and folders from the local machine/computer.

Repair Damaged or Corrupt QuickBooks Company File

If you want to repair a company file, you need to download utility tools to erase the issue. See below,

  • Run QuickBooks Verify/Rebuild Data Utility to repair damaged QuickBooks Desktop company file.

Verify Company File Size

You might need to verify the company file size, in order to wipe out the issue.

  • Head to the QuickBooks company file folder and right-click the company file.
  • Select Properties and check the file size.
  • If your QuickBooks company file size is more than the limit, then you need to use QuickBooks Condense Data Utility to reduce the file size.

Reset the.TLG file

Create a backup of the company data folder, this will reset the.TLG file which may speed up QuickBooks.

  • Go to file, then Backup company file
  • Select Local Backup and then click on options
  • Choose your desktop to save the backup
  • Ensure that verification is completed and confirm OK
  • Select Save it Now and click Next

Check speed in UNC path

To execute the above do the following mechanism:

  • Press Windows + E together, and find here the server's name under the network location field
  • Open it. You'll find your server with in it.
  • Note the server's name
  • Now put the computer server name and shared folder name as ServerNameSharedFolderName and note the pathname
  • Open QuickBooks and select open/restore a company file
  • Choose a company file and click on next
  • Fill in the UNC path in the file name and hit enter
  • Choose your company file from the list
  • Go back to QB and check if its performance has improved

Upgrade the workstations (if multiple users)

This is one of the important steps to follow. For this, you go by this scheme:

  • Upgrade to a good-quality drive
  • Make sure that you're using a 64-bit computer
  • Upgrade your RAM to 8Gb or higher
  • Use a faster internet connection


In the final paragraph of the article, we can draw the inference that QuickBooks' configuration needs to be in sync with the system and other additional software. Any incoherence in these will result in QuickBooks subjugating itself to slowing down or lagging behind. The readers should also note that there are some tools that can be paired with QB to reduce any damages or corruption. Finally, readers/users need to be updated about the latest configuration demands of the above.

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About Jenifer J. Freshman   Manager at QB Resolve

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