Unable To Open Quicken for Windows After Updating To The Latest Patch

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If you're unable to open Quicken for Windows after a recent product update, it's possible that an issue during the installation is preventing Quicken from opening.  

Note: If you're able to open Quicken but you're not able to get into your file because of problems signing in with your Quicken ID, you can find help for that by clicking here.

Quicken for Mac users: For installation steps, click here.

Before you begin

Quicken is not designed to be used over a network or shared drive (such as OneDrive or Google Drive). While you can back up data files to a network, you should not open or run Quicken on a network. Ensure Quicken is installed on your computer's hard drive. 

Step 1: Restart your computer.

  1. Right-click the Start button. 

Unable To Open Quicken for Windows After Updating To The Latest Patch

  1. Select Shut down or sign out, then Restart

If this doesn't resolve the issue, continue to Step 2.

Step 2: Try reinstalling the update patch.

You can find the list of patches here. Select your Quicken version year and then download and install the update patch. 

After installing the patch, restart your computer. 

If installing the patch doesn't resolve the issue, continue to Step 3.

Step 3: Try opening Quicken without a data file.

  1. To do this, hold Ctrl + Shift on your keyboard and double-click the Quicken icon.
    • Note: You will need to continue to hold Ctrl + Shift until Quicken opens with a blank screen.
  2. If this occurs, there may be an issue with the data file that's keeping Quicken from opening properly. Follow these steps to Restore a backup file.
  3. Then, Validate the restored backup file by going to File > File Operations > Validate and Repair.
  4. Check Validate file and click OK.

If Quicken doesn't open without a data file, continue to Step 4.

Step 4: Temporarily disable your anti-virus and firewall.

The anti-virus and/or firewall on your system could be blocking Quicken from running properly. They will need to be disabled or have the settings updated to include Quicken as a safe program.

If you do not know how to update these settings, please contact your anti-virus/firewall provider.

If the issue persists, continue to Step 5.

Step 5: Remove and reinstall Quicken

  1. Follow the instructions in this FAQ: Using QcleanUI to Fix Installation Issues with Quicken for Windows.
  2. Before reinstalling Quicken, ensure your anti-virus and firewall are disabled.
  3. Reinstall Quicken.
  4. Reactivate your anti-virus/firewall.

If the issue persists

If you are still unable to open the program after following these steps, please Contact Quicken Support.


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