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QuickBooks Error 1618: Best Solutions To Fix This Error

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QuickBooks Error 1618 is one of the errors that show up when you try to update QuickBooks or install it on your PC.

If many installations are underway at once, it may impede the installation process and result in an error. Due to this error, users won’t be able to receive essential updates for their applications. And, when the problem happens, the computer’s window frequently crashes and can become unresponsive. It won’t be fair to blame one single reason for the error. You receive this error while updating or installing QuickBooks software. The error message appears on the screen stating-

  • “Error:- 1618 Another installation is already in progress. Complete that installation before proceeding with this install.”
  • “There was a problem installing Microsoft Runtime Library (Error 1618).”
  • “Error 1618. Error_install_already_running.”

In the next section, we’ll discuss the possible reasons for this error and easy ways to fix it.

NOTE: Ensure that the version of the QuickBooks diagnostic tool you’re using is the newest version. If you already had the device installed, check if it is the version.

Causes Of QuickBooks Error Code 1618

There are numerous reasons why QuickBooks error code 1618 might occur. Some of these causes have to do with the installation, while others could not be directly related yet still cause it. Read it:

  • This error might occur if the installation file is not completely downloaded.
  • The QB file has become corrupt.
  • MSIEXEC.EXE is running in the background on your system.
  • This issue can also be caused by Windows registry corruption.
  • Error is likely to occur if a crucial application file is destroyed.
  • A virus or other malware could hamper the computer’s installation, resulting in the error.

Many different errors hamper the installation or update process of the QuickBooks desktop. So to ensure that the error you are experiencing is QuickBooks error 1618, watch out for these signs and symptoms-

  • A message with error code 1618 suddenly appears on the screen and freezes any open window.
  • Your computer will start crashing for a brief moment.
  • Windows’ performance deteriorates to an annoyingly slow level.
  • It won’t be possible for you to finish the installation process.

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Now that you know the causes and symptoms of QuickBooks error 1618, it will be easier to troubleshoot this error. Check out all these options to find a way out of this error-

Step 1: Run The QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool

Running the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic tool should be your first move if you experience any installation problems with QuickBooks. To fix the problem, follow these steps:

  • Close the QuickBooks Desktop application if it is open.
  • Save the QuickBooks Tool Hub file in a location that is simple to find after downloading it.
  • Install QuickBooksToolHub.exe by running the file and following the on-screen directions.
  • Click on the Accept “terms and conditions” to finish the installation.
  • When QuickBooks is installed, open the QuickBooks Tool Hub.
  • Select the “Installation issues” tab on the window’s left side.
  • Select the “QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool” button to launch the utility.
  • Then wait for it to finish until QB installation error 1618 has been fixed.

Note: A system diagnosis that fixes the installation error may take around 20 minutes. Wait patiently for the program to start because it will usually take care of the most frequent QuickBooks installation problems on its own. You need to move on to the next step if you continue to receive the issue even after executing this step.

Step 2: Stop MSIEXEC.exe Process

You cannot install any other program if MSIEXEC.exe(a component of the Windows installer), is already operating in the background. You can stop the element by performing the following procedures and install QuickBooks. 

  • Click Task Manager while holding down Ctrl, Alt, and Delete.
  • Activate the Processes tab.
  • To alphabetically sort the list of active processes, click the Image Name column.
  • Down the list, select any methods with the name MSIEXEC.EXE, then click the End Process button.
  • Closing the Task Manager window.
  • Now try installing/updating QuickBooks again.

Following this step will help you resolve any process running in the background that may be the cause of QuickBooks error 1618. Follow the next steps if you continue to see the error.

Step 3: Create A Backup For Windows Registry

You can also try to get rid of the error by creating a backup for the Windows registry. The steps you need to take to do so are following-

  • On your Windows desktop, click Start.
  • In the empty field, type Regedit by pressing Windows + R.
  • Next, select Export from the File menu in My Computer.
  • Navigate to the Export Range and choose All.
  • The Windows registry backup can now be saved to your computer.
  • Delete the keys after the backup.

Step 4: Update Windows Installer

An outdated Windows installer may bring on the QuickBooks error 1618. Updating the windows installer is an excellent approach to solve the problem. Here are the specific steps:

  • Login to your system as an administrator.
  • Now access “My Computer” by clicking on the desktop icon or the “Start” menu.
  • Navigate to the Windows folder on the C drive.
  • Find the “System32” folder and open it.
  • Locate the exe file, then select “Right Click.”
  • Click on “Version” after choosing “Properties” from the list of options.
  • Look at the Windows installation version on your computer in the new window.
  • If the update is available, download it.
  • To make the modifications take effect, restart your computer. Then, try installing the application once more.

Step 5: Reinstall Runtime Libraries for Microsoft

  • Install the Microsoft C++ Redistribution Package.
  • Open Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86) for 32-bit devices and select Download.
  • Open Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x64) for 64-bit devices and choose Download.
  • Save it in a place you can readily locate it.
  • Double-click “vcredist_X86.exe” or “vcredist_X64.exe” once it has been downloaded.
  • To finish the Download, adhere to the steps as they appear.
  • Run Quick Fix my Program from the QuickBooks Tools Hub.

These troubleshooting procedures might be able to fix your problem. After trying these solutions, if the error still exists, read the next section.

If the steps mentioned above have not provided you with the solution to fix this error. We advise you to dial the QuickBooks Data Service Solutions helpline number +1-(855)-955-1942. Also, our experienced professional can listen to and solve your queries. You can get all the assistance you need to fix the error quickly. 

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Lily Evans

Lily Evans is a Certified Accountant with Expertise in QuickBooks, Sage and Quicken Accounting Software. Lily has been working with Data Service Solutions for the last 3 years as a QuickBooks Expert and is Helping Accounting software users with their day to day accounting tasks and issues.

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