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QuickBooks Error 3003 [Unable To Sync With The Company File]

Error 3003 in QuickBooks

You may have noticed that QuickBooks occasionally has issues when upgrading or installing. Users encounter the QuickBooks error 3003 update problem frequently. Error 3003 in QuickBooks usually occurs when a user loses sync with the company file. If you are experiencing this error, you came to the right place. This article explores all the possible causes and the best solutions to troubleshoot this error.

What Is QuickBooks Error Code 3003?

Intuit states that QuickBooks Error Code 3003 frequently arises when a user attempts to synchronize all databases with Intuit Admin. But the user fails to update the data because of this error code. Additionally, after selecting the Sync option again, an error 3003 in the QuickBooks message appears. If you don’t fix this error, your system may crash. To get some practical solution to fix the same issue number, read till the end. 

Signs Of QuickBooks Error 3003

The following signs may help you distinguish QuickBooks error 3003 from other frequent QB errors:

  • The system crashes when a user runs the same Program while encountering a QuickBooks error code.
  • The 3003 error message appears.
  • Windows operates rather slowly.
  • All of your open Windows apps break when this error displays.
  • Your computer may occasionally freeze for a split second/minute.
  • This QuickBooks Desktop Error 3003 will show up when installing any program.

Causes Of QuickBooks Error 3003

 There may be several causes that trigger this error. Here is a list of the most common causes of QB Error Code 3003- 

  • The device storage is full and cannot accommodate additional data or updates.
  • If the QuickBooks Desktop and the company data file are no longer in sync.
  • Incorrect Windows Firewall settings.
  • Shutting down the application abruptly, making it impossible to restart properly.
  • The existence of malicious software on the device may cause damage to the data file resulting in this error.

Basic System Requirements for QuickBooks Error 3003

You need to check the following basic requirements to avoid QuickBooks error code 3003:

  • A stable Internet Connectivity is important.
  • The system should be Windows 7,8,9, and above, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.
  • The minimum RAM should be 512 MB.
  • CD ROM should be 4 X CD-ROM.
  • The browser should be Internet Explorer 6.0.

Important points to remember for QuickBooks Error 3003

  • Upgrade your windows to the latest available version.
  • Also,  upgrade your QuickBooks accounting software to the latest version.
  • Make sure that your company file has a backup to avoid any data loss.
  • Check the status of the QB applications.
  • Also, be alerted of the antivirus or Firewall applications creating any issues with the QB application.

As we move on to the most crucial section of the blog, you must first determine the cause of the error before taking any corrective action. Check your hardware, internet connection, and all third-party software that is installed on your computer. Now here are some measures you should take to fix QB Error 3003-

Solution 1: Verify Your Windows Updates

Sometimes an unsuitable Windows with QuickBooks on your system can cause such errors. Therefore, you should download the latest versions to get rid of the error-

  • The Start menu will appear when you tap the Windows symbol.
  • Type “Settings” into the search field and click the Settings tab.
  • If a new window appears, select Change PC Settings.
  • After selecting the Update Now tab, click on the Update and Recovery button.
Update Windows
Update Windows
  • By using the Check for Updates button, you can ask the application to check the web for the most recent updates.
  • Save the updates.
  • Install the updates by following the directions provided on-screen.
  • Restart your computer now, then open QuickBooks Desktop.

Solution 2: End Process With Task Manager

  • To begin, select the “Sync key” button.
  • Select the “Processes tab” to launch the task manager window by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
End Process With Task Manager
End Process With Task Manager
  • Look for the “dbmlsync.exe” file.
  • If the “dBmlsync.exe” file is missing from the list, contact the QuickBooks problem support staff for assistance.

Solution 3: Make QuickBooks Desktop an Exception in Firewall

Sometimes Windows Firewall blocks some software like QuickBooks Desktop for security programs. As it is identified as a potential danger to the device. You must follow the steps following to remove QB from these scans:

  • Select the search panel In the Start menu by tapping the Windows symbol.
  • Select the Windows Firewall option after typing Windows Firewall.
  • Your browser will open a new window.
  • Select the Advanced Settings option
  • Choose Inbound Rules, then click directly there.
  • Select the option of New Rule.
  • Select Program, then click Browse.
  • Choose This Program Path; after that, click Next.
  • Select a QB executable file, then click Next
  • It would help if you carried out these actions for each executable file.
  • Go to Next after selecting Allow the Connection.
  • Verify that every profile on this list has been marked. 
  • Press Next once more.
  • This rule must now be named “QBFirewallException” (name.exe).
  • Follow these instructions for each executable file, then build Outbound Rules similarly.

ALSO READ- 4 Steps Summary To Update QuickBooks Company File

Solution 4: Check security programs are up-to-date

In case the components of your system are not up to, then also it could cause you to face QB Error code 3003. So make sure that you follow the given steps to ensure smooth troubleshooting.

  1. If you have any antivirus or security application installed on your system previously, remove it.
  2. If the firewall is turned ON, then turn it OFF.
  3. Make sure that there are not many applications running on the system while the troubleshooting process is conducted.
  4. If your application was working previously with the security, then check if the security is up-to-date.
  5. Also, remove all the recently installed applications from your system.
  6. Lastly, also check if the error is now resolved or not.

This article elaborated the signs, causes, and some practical solutions to eliminate QuickBooks error 3003. We hope you can now rectify this error with the solution mentioned above. But if you still have any concerns or trouble installing QuickBooks in your system, we request you contact QuickBooks Data Service Solutions at +1-(855)-955-1942. You can get in touch with our professional team to get help resolving QuickBooks errors.

1. What is QuickBooks Error 3003?

QuickBooks Error Code 3003 appears when any user attempts to synchronize all databases with Intuit Admin but fails to update the data because of a technical glitch.

2. What does the error code 3003 (must use) in Quickbooks appear?

There can be many reasons for error code 3003 in QuickBooks, including full storage of the device, Incorrect Windows Firewall settings, and no longer syncing in QB Desktop and company data file.

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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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