quickbooks this action requires windows administrator permissions

User Query: Why I am getting this error in my QuickBooks, this action requires Windows administrator permissions error when trying to opening company file.

this action requires windows administrator permissions error
“This action requires Windows administrator permissions” error when opening QuickBooks company file

“QuickBooks this action requires administrator permissions” occurs because of a lack of admin privileges. Only a system administrator can perform the desired action. So you must login with an admin account to perform the action or launch the specific tool.

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In this article, you’ll learn more to resolve this error.

Log in with an Admin Account

You need to log into windows with an admin account. Until you do so, you’ll keep getting the same error. However, you can also choose to enter the authorization details of an admin account to approve the action.

To switch users in windows, you can follow the steps provided below:

  1. Go to the start menu.
  2. Click on the User icon.
  3. Click on Switch User Account.
  4. Select an Admin account.
  5. Enter the Password for the admin account.
  6. Launch QuickBooks and run the desired action. 

Run as Administrator

If you still can’t perform the action, then you may have to launch QuickBooks as an administrator. When you do this, QuickBooks can easily perform any desired action without being blocked by Windows.

To run QuickBooks as an administrator, follow the steps provided below:

  1. Go to the Start menu.
  2. Type in QuickBooks.
  3. Right Click on the QB icon.
  4. Select properties.
  5. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  6. Mark the option for Run as Administrator.
  7. Click on Apply, then Ok.

QuickBooks will always run-in administrator mode from now on. If you only want it to run as administrator once, then you can simply right click on the icon and select run as administrator.


This problem can be solved by providing QB with admin privileges. You can first approve the action by entering the credentials of an admin account. If that fails, then you can run the program as an admin.

Frequently asked questions

Q1. Is it safe to give QuickBooks admin access?

A. Yes, it is. QuickBooks is a secure accounting software, and admin access enables it to run tools without interruption from windows.

Q2. Can I run the program by entering admin credentials?

A. Yes, you can. When running the program from a standard account, you can enter the credentials when windows prompt you for the same.

Q3. Can this error be resolved by updating QuickBooks?

A. No, it can’t. As the error occurs because of a lack of admin privileges, it can only be resolved by using the credentials of an admin account.

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