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I began to change network settings at my home office b/c we acquired a fixed IP address for our network. When I realized I was in over my head, I created a System Restore on my 6 year old Windows XP before the labor day weekend. All went back to normal except of course - Quickbooks. It is telling me I cannot access ANY FILES, I am denied access. I am the SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR to my home office, though it won't allow me to change the settings in my "Shared" file, that happens to contain my Intuit (QB) files. God knows why QB automatically saves them there, when I have the only computer in my home office. I am lucky to have backed up all 7 copies of my company files prior to the holiday weekend, but I am about to commit computer homocide and call Dell for a brand freakin new one if I cannot break the QB code on this, God help me, I can't spend another $799 on computer equipment.

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  • kfarwell Sep 09, 2009

    Thanks. Do you have any idea how to regain access to my own Quickbooks files stuck in this Shared file? If I could move them I could open them in the program somewhere else, but it still doesn't make sense since I am the system administrator, and everything I have read says that I should be able to click on the "sharing" tab and change the settings. There are no options on the "sharing" tab under the Shared file, that I can change.

  • kfarwell Sep 09, 2009

    Found a good page on the Intuit site that may help solve it:



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$800.00 may not be necessary. You can re-install windows and start from scratch if you don't need those files. you can get a new windows disk(if you don't still have one.) for about $200.00 or $300.00. For that matter you can get a new computer for not much more than that.. Messing with your network is messy stuff. but running system restore after words really puts the screws on it.

System Restore is missleading it only restores some of the things and keeps other parts..

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

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    Randy Trent Sep 09, 2009

    Let me know how that works out for you. I am interested to see if that fixes it.

  • Randy Trent
    Randy Trent Sep 09, 2009

    It may not just the quick books permission you need. You may need windows permission as well. I found a link to help you with that if what you found doesn't work. I hope this information helps you get into those files.

    You may need to set access permissions on your computer to run QuickBooks. The following instructions apply only to Windows XP.

    If you are using Windows Vista, see setting permissions for QuickBooks in Windows Vista.

    Note: Microsoft recommends not having more than 10 machines connecting to a Microsoft Windows XP machine in a peer-to-peer network. Any more may result in performance issues.

    Detailed Instructions

    Note: The special data service users that require permissions are:

    • QuickBooks 2006 - QBDataServiceUser
    • QuickBooks 2007 - QBDataServiceUser17
    • QuickBooks 2008 - QBDataServiceUser18
    • QuickBooks 2009 - QBDataServiceUser19
    To set permissions:

    • Windows XP Pro

    1. Be sure simple file sharing is disabled:

      1. Double-click the My Computer icon.
      2. Select the Tools menu and select Folder Options.
      3. Click the View tab, ensure that the Use simple file sharing (recommended) checkbox at the bottom of the list is not checked, and click OK.

    2. Double-click the drive containing the shared folder and locate the shared folder.
    3. Right-click on the shared folder and select Properties.
    4. On the Sharing tab, select Share this folder, and click the Permissions button.
    5. Select Everyone in the Group or user names,and in Permissions for Everyone under Allow select Full Control.

    • Windows XP Home Edition:

    1. Click the Windows Start button and select Run. Enter shrpubw and click OK.
    2. When the Shared folder wizard starts, click Next.
    3. Click Browse and select the shared folder.
    4. Enter a name for the share (this name can be the same as the folder name), and then click Next.
    5. Select Customize permissions, and then click Custom.
    6. Select Everyone and select Full control on the Sharing tab.
    7. Click the Security tab, and select Everyone and select Full control.
    8. Select QBDataServiceUser (or the user appropriate to your version of QuickBooks) and select Full Control.



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