Fix QuickBooks Install Error 1904

It is not unusual to stumble upon QuickBooks errors while installing. 

QuickBooks files. It can also occur if the user has not maintained all the files and the folders as quickly. Error 1904 depicts ‘Failed to register’ file path/ name/ extension.

“Error 1904: [file path / name / extension] failed to register,” 

QuickBooks error 1904 could come up due to the installation of QuickBooks after upgrading your system software like Windows Vista to Windows 7. And also, in case the system has not been restarted right after the update of QuickBooks. 

If many QuickBooks Errors are stating “ICWrapper.dll, qbprefs.dll, RcnFndRequestHandler.dll & qbupdate.exe” appearing on the screen, then damaged Microsoft Visual C++ could be the reason.


Have you ever wondered what could be the potential reasons for QuickBooks Error 1904 to show up? Here are some:

  • One of the major causes could be sudden damage to your company’s file. There is a possibility of the incorrect settings done to the files.
  • Multiple problems could cause QuickBooks Error 1904 to arise; you may receive an error message referring to individual files like dll, qbupdate.exe, etc. Damage caused by the files to the C++ is one of the roots of this issue.
  • You could also get to see this error if you have not rebooted your system software yet after upgrading it from one version to another.


Carry out the following steps to fix QuickBooks Install Error 1904:


  • Choose the option “ignore” tab appearing on the message of error and complete the QuickBooks installation. Don’t start QuickBooks software.
  • Start your computer again.
  • In case the installation of QuickBooks is incomplete, then download the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool and run it.
  • Reboot your operating system.
  • Turn the built-in Administrator on and install QuickBooks within the built-in administrator account. 


Carry out the following steps to start the built-in Administrator

Step#1 Start the Built-in Administrator

  • Hit the Windows button on your keyboard.
  • Type down “CMD,” and right-click on “CMD/ Command Prompt/ cmd.exe” then select “Run as Administrator”.
  • Write down “net user administrator/active:yes” in the command prompt window, then press enter.
  • Note: if any error pops up, type “net user administrator /active.”

step#3 Hide the built-in Administrator account

  • Hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete altogether on your keyboard, then select “Switch User Windows 8 users” press the “Windows” button and on the display’s upper right segment, select the user icon.
  • Again press “Ctrl+Alt+Delete” simultaneously and select the “default Administrator account” icon.

step#3 Hide the built-in Administrator account

  • Press the “Windows” button on your keyboard.
  • In the search tab, enter “CMD,” then right-click on the “CMD/ Command Prompt/ cmd.exe” then select the “Run Administrator.”
  • Write “net user administrator/active:no” in the command prompt and press enter.

step#4 modify the security settings of the installation directory

  • Surf to the “C:\Program Files\Common files.” 
  • Right-click on the “common Files” folder and select “properties.”
  • Choose the “Edit” option in the” security” tab, later choose the “Users” in the “Group or user names” icon.
  • Within the “permission for users,” allow permissions for
    1. modify
    2. Read and Execute
    3. List Folder Contents
    4. Read 
    5. write.
  • Select “Apply” and press “OK.”

#5 install QuickBooks

  • Install QuickBooks Desktop over again.
  • Shift to the first user login after the installation of QuickBoks Desktop.

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