QuickBooks Error 41 (printer not activated) [fixed]


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Are you also struggling with error 41 frequently on your screen? If so, then you are not alone on the globe. As QuickBooks have helped a lot of business owners to manage their business but it also shows up some errors. Hence, error 41 is the most common error that you will face while using. Hence, were coming up with a guide that will tell you how you can resolve the error and what the error actually is.

What is QuickBooks Error 41?

QuickBooks Error Code 41 is a common printing error that a user can face. A user can face the QuickBooks error 41 when the QuickBooks software is still operating an older version of the printer. Other reasons like if you are using the QuickBooks pdf converter, you can face the QuickBooks error 41. There are no certain reasons for encountering the QuickBooks error code 41. Though it is not a critical error but needs to resolve as soon as possible.

In this article, we have discussed the different ways in which you can get rid of the QuickBooks error code 41 in no time. 

Various Causes of  QuickBooks Error 41

The user has to struggle with this error due to lots of factors triggering behind. You can jump down to the section below to learn different causes and reasons for QuickBooks error 41. 

  • Multiple users hosting the same company file are placed on a server or primary computer. 
  • QBWUSER.INI file is missing and damaging. 
  • Some hardware issues can also lead to the issue. 
  • Enable sleep and hibernation mode on the system where you place the QB files. 
  • Various versions of QuickBooks clash within a multi-user network. 
  • Antivirus and firewalls are creating problems.
  • Hindrances while data flows into the system. 

So, these are the major reasons behind the error. Try to root out every cause of it so the system can run without any fault. 

Symptoms of QuickBooks Error 41 

Following are the indications that will help you to understand the nature of the QuickBooks Error 41. 

  • Your system gets slow. 
  • The windows OS is not responding to your inputs. 
  • Your QuickBooks software freezes now and then. 
  • The software shut down frequently. 
  • The QuickBooks Error 41 won’t let you open multiple apps simultaneously. 
  • It also prevents you from updating the QuickBooks software. 

Ways to Fix the QuickBooks Error 41

Below is the list of all possible ways in which you can resolve the QuickBooks error code 41. All the ways have been mentioned stepwise to make it easier. Read the steps in each method carefully and follow them accordingly:

Use the PDF Repair Tool 

The first method is to use the print and pdf repair tool on your system to resolve the printing issues. You have two options to use the tool, either you can use it by installing from the website or you can use it with the help of the QuickBooks tool hub. Follow the steps mentioned to use it with the help of the tool hub:

  • First, you are needed to ensure that all the programs are closed on your system.
  • After this, you will have to visit the official website and download the QuickBooks tool hub from there.

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  • You will have to save the downloaded file at a location from where you can easily access it. After this, you will have to install the QuickBooks tool on your system by clicking on the .exe file in the downloaded folder.
  • After this, you will have to complete the installation process and once it is completed, start the tool.
  • After this, you will have to choose the program problem option and then look for the QuickBooks pdf repair tool and click on it.

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  • It will then start the repairing process. Wait until it is completed.

Reboot Your Computer System

One of the best methods that you should definitely follow to resolve any error is restarting your PC which is a very simple yet effective way. Here is how: 

  • To start with, close all the running programs. 
  • Next, press the Alt + F4 function buttons together. It will open the shut-down windows on the screen. 
  • Once done, choose the Restart option by pressing the down arrow keys from the keyword. 
  • Then, press the enter button or click on OK  to restart your PC. It will restart your computer system. 
  • Lastly, check whether the issue is resolved or not. If it is not resolved then move towards the next troubleshooting method. 

Reset the Folder Permissions

The next recommended solution is to first reset the permissions of the temp folder according to the printer and then try to print the document. Follow the steps discussed:

  • Initially, you need to press Windows and R key together and then you will have to type temp in the box.
  • Hit the enter button on the keyboard.
  • After this, it will open your temp folder and you will have to right-click on the free space in the folder. It will then open a menu.
  • Now, you will have to go to the properties option and then look for the security settings.
  • Now, you will have to check if you have the full access to the folder or not. If not, you are required to change it to the full access.
  • After this, You will be needed to save the document again in the PDF form in the QuickBooks software.
  • Now, you will have to make sure that you have enough permissions for the XPS writer to print a document.

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  • First, you will have to open any text document and write a sample text on it.
  • After this, you will have to give the print command and from the list of printers, choose the XPS printer.
  • Next, you will have to save the document on the desktop providing it with a name.
  • Now, you will have to check if the document is saved or not.
Learn more:- How to solve printing problems in quickBooks? 

Use the Fix Tool

  • Initially, you are required to download and then install the fix tool on your system.
  • Once it is installed, you will have to click on the option to scan.
  • Next, you will also have to click on the repair option to repair the errors that you are facing.
  • Once the repairing process is completed, close the tool.
  • Now, you will have to start the QuickBooks software and check if you can print or not.

Disable Services From the Startup

The other solution to resolve the QuickBooks error 41 is to disable the services. Follow the mentioned steps:

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  • The very first step is to tab the windows button and then enter the system configuration in the box.
  • Now, you will have to choose an option to disable all the services.
  • Next, you will be required to go to the startup tab and click on the disable all option.
  • After this, you will have to start your system again.
  • Now, if the system configuration windows keep on appearing o your screen, you will have to mark the do not show again option.
  • Once done, you will have to start QuickBooks again to check if the error persists.

Install the USB Composite Device Again

  • Initially, you need to press the window button and then type devmgmt.msc and click on Ok.
  • After this, you will have to click on the plus icon.
  • Now, you will have to choose the USB composite device and then uninstall it. 
  • After this, you will have to connect the USB to your system.
  • After this, you will have to try to print a sample page. 

Wrapping Up!

With every method, the detailed stepwise process associated with that method is mentioned. You need to read the steps and the method carefully to make sure that you tackle the QuickBooks error 41 in no time. You can also call us for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How do I fix a QuickBooks PDF Converter?

To fix the QuickBooks PDF converter, you are required to download QuickBooks took hub. This way, you can eliminate common errors in Quickbooks. If this doesn’t work, then you are required to run QuickBooks PDF and print repair tool and select the program that is creating the problem. Then, you are all set to eliminate the error. 

Q2. How do I fix errors in QuickBooks?

There are various ways through which you can perform fixes in your QuickBooks. The common fixes that you can try are to run QuickBooks as administrator, or else you can use other error-fixing tools such as QuickBooks ToolHub, etc. 

Q3. How do I repair a QBW file?

You can simply repair QBW files with the tools that are already present in QuickBooks. To repair it, you can simply get into the file menu and select utilities. After that, select rebuild data. Now the tool itself will start to repair the QBW file.

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