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Any idea why my QuickBooks running slow – actually my QuickBooks desktop was lagging badly last year, so I upgraded it to version 2022. The problem hasn’t improved, in fact it’s worse & now my QuickBooks is running too slow to work. Could you suggest something?

Several issues – both related to software and hardware – can result in QuickBooks running slow.

We’ll discuss all the underlying causes that can decrease the performance capability of your accounting software so that you can quickly fix the errors and get back to work.

quickbooks running slow
QuickBooks Running Slow

This post will show you how to fix the QuickBooks running slow issue and make it run faster. Unexpected behaviors, a heavy file size, incompatibility, configuration limit, performance issues with QuickBooks Desktop can be caused by a few different reasons. Here are the reasons for QuickBooks Running Slow.

The main reasons for QuickBooks running extremely slow includes:

When QuickBooks is so slow to open, here are the most common reasons.

  • QuickBooks is not updated.
  • Computer does not meet the minimum system requirements.
  • Damaged or missing QBWUSER.INI file.
  • Damaged program files or QuickBooks Desktop installation.
  • Damaged Windows operating system
  • Corrupted hard drive.

We’ll move through each of these underlying issues so that you can resolve the issue as soon as possible.

System Requirements for QuickBooks to Run Perfectly

The primary reason many systems aren’t able to run QuickBooks desktop efficiently is because of insufficient system resources. Without the proper number of resources available for the program to run, the program will eventually start lagging. If the problem is further exacerbated by other programs consuming system resources, then the program may even crash.

System requirements include the requirements for:

  • Operating system
  • Browser Requirements
  • Database Servers
  • Software compatibility
  • Hardware & software requirements for workstation
  • Security software compatibility

Each of these requirements must be fulfilled in order to run QuickBooks. You’ve two main ways of meeting the system requirements:

  • Minimum requirements: the amount of system resources meets the requirement to run QuickBooks, but it doesn’t mean that QuickBooks will run smoothly or won’t crash at all.
  • Recommended requirements: these are the system requirements that you should aim for because fulfilling these requirements means that your system can smoothly run QuickBooks without any issues. However, there may be some catches here, which we’ll discuss further down this post.

We’ve listed the system requirements for various versions of QuickBooks down below:

If your system doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements, then you should consider upgrading your system with additional or new hardware. Also, if you want to run QuickBooks smoothly on your system, you should ensure that your system meets the recommended system requirements.

Note: For the versions that were released before 2018, you can google the system requirements, but we always recommend that you use one of the latest versions in order to have the latest stack of features and tools available for recording, organizing, and analyzing your accounting data.

Why QuickBooks Enterprise Running Slow?

QuickBooks enterprise may run slow because it requires more system resources than both Pro and Premier versions of this software. You can speed up the program by simply upgrading your system with more hardware.

1)   Check background programs If QuickBooks desktop running slow

Your system may have enough resources to run QuickBooks desktop smoothly, but background programs may be consuming a lot of these resources, leaving little for QuickBooks. This results in slower performance of your accounting software.

To view the background processes that are consuming system resources, you can follow the steps provided below:

  1. Right click on the Taskbar.
  2. Select Task Manager.
  3. Click on More Details option if it’s available on the new window. Otherwise, move to the next step.
  4. Click on Memory to sort processes in descending order of the number of resources that they’re consuming.
  5. Close any program that is consuming too much memory. To do so, simply select the program, then click on End Task. Repeat the same for all the unnecessary processes that are consuming system resources.
  6. Now click on CPU to view programs that are consuming the highest amount of CPU resources.
  7. Choose the unnecessary ones that’re consuming too much CPU power, and click on End Task.

Note: before you end an important process, kindly save changes in the program related to that process; otherwise, you may lose the changes that you made in the current session.

Once you’ve freed up system resources, you can get back to work. QuickBooks Desktop should now have access to enough resources to run and process data smoothly.

2)   Check for malicious software when QuickBooks suddenly started running terribly slow

Apart from the programs on your system, malicious programs can run in the background and consume system resources. While consuming a lot of system resources, they can disable any programs from running properly. And these programs also present a risk to your accounting data.

We recommend that you perform a system scan with a good security software to remove any malicious program that is running on your system. If you find that QuickBooks is still running slow, then you can move onto the next method.

Note: if QuickBooks suddenly started running very slow on your system, then you should definitely perform a system scan with a good security software to ensure that malicious software isn’t using your system resources to mine data or cryptocurrencies.

3)   Check for Windows and QuickBooks updates are installed or not.

Both Microsoft and Intuit release updates to fix bugs and enhance the performance of their software. Installing these patches and updates ensures that you’ve access to the latest performance enhancements.

Admin User Requirement: without admin privileges, users cannot install updates for neither windows nor QuickBooks. Before initiating the update process for any of these software’s, you should consider getting access to authentication details of an admin account.

To update windows, you can follow the steps provided below:

  1. Click on the Start menu, on the button lift corner of your screen.
  2. Choose Settings > Update and Security.
  3. Click on the Windows Update tab, then Check for Updates button.
  4. Wait for windows to search for any available updates. If updates are available, you can choose Download Updates.
  5. Once the updates have been downloaded, choose Restart Now or Schedule the restart.

Note: before restarting your system, you should save changes in all the programs that are currently open. You can even schedule a restart, which enables you to select a particular time at which to restart the system.

To update QuickBooks Desktop, you can follow the steps provided below:

  1. Exit QuickBooks after closing the company file.
  2. From the Start menu, search for QuickBooks Desktop.
  3. Right click on QuickBooks Desktop icon, and choose Run as Administrator.
  4. Authenticate by clicking on Yes. If you’re logged in as a standard user, then enter the authentication details for an admin account.
  5. When the No Company Open window appears, click on Help from the main menu.
  6. Click on Update QuickBooks Desktop, and go to the Options tab.
  7. Choose Mark All to select all the updates that you want to install on your system. Click on Save.
  8. Mark Reset Updates option in the Update Now tab.
  9. Review your preferences and click on Get Updates when you’re ready.

Once the updates are downloaded completely, you can exit QuickBooks. When the confirmation message to install the updates appears, click on Yes.

Conclusion

If QuickBooks desktop is running slow, then these methods can help you to fix the underlying cause so that you can efficiently work on your accounting software. If QuickBooks is running extremely slow, then you must look at the system requirements for your version of QuickBooks. Sometimes, having the minimum requirements isn’t enough. That’s why the recommended system requirements list helps you to get the configuration right for the best system performance.

Note: If QuickBooks is still running slow for you, then you can reach out to our accounting and computing experts via chat or call.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Most asked questions related to QuickBooks running slow or to improve its performance.

Q. My QuickBooks Desktop is Running slow. Should I downgrade my QuickBooks for better performance?

A. Downgrading QuickBooks just to boost its performance can be really difficult. First of all, you cannot downgrade your company file, which stores all the accounting data that you recorded using QB. We recommend that you upgrade your system instead of downgrading QuickBooks desktop for better results.

Q. Why is my QuickBooks running so slow even after I’ve sufficient system resources?

A. If you already have the minimum system requirements, then you can simply go to the task manager and check the programs that are currently consuming system resources. Close all the unnecessary programs to save system resources. Otherwise, simply upgrade your system to ensure that enough resources are free for QuickBooks to run properly.

A. Yes, there is. You can download and install QuickBooks Diagnostic Tool to check for errors that slow down QuickBooks desktop. This tool can even fix many of the errors that it identifies, especially if the error is related to dependencies for this accounting program. The QuickBooks Tool Hub contains all the tools that you’ll require to fix errors and issues in QuickBooks Desktop, and it is available for free, so you don’t have to pay extra to install and use it on your system.

Q. Why does my QuickBooks take so long to open?

A. You have too much data in QuickBooks. QuickBooks loads every list into memory when the program starts, which can take a long time if you have a lot of entries or customers. It is possible for files to become corrupt over time, resulting in bloated file sizes and slowed start-up.

Q. What is the best way to free up space on QuickBooks desktop?

A. To run QuickBooks in the best feasible way, you’ll need at least 2.5 GB of free space. These steps will help you clear up your disk space so that QuickBooks runs smoothly.

  • Make sure your disk is clean.
  • Delete your temp folder.
  • Delete programs you no longer use.
  • Organize your photos and documents.
  • Make sure your install file is up to date.

Q. What is the minimum amount of RAM QuickBooks needs to run fast?

A. In order to run QuickBooks Enterprise software, you need a computer with at least 1GB of RAM for a single user and 2GB of RAM for multiple users. Compatibility also requires a 2.0-GHz processor; however, 2.4 GHz is recommended at minimum.

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