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3 Ways to Fix QuickBooks Error 1303 – insufficient privileges Issue

QuickBooks Error 1303

Installing QuickBooks is usually an error-free procedure, however, there are some specific errors that you might come across during the installation process. One of those errors is QuickBooks Error 1303. It is a technical issue that often arises when you encounter “insufficient privileges” while trying to install or update the software. Resolving QuickBooks Install Error 1303 requires a systematic approach involving configuring the permissions and ensuring compatibility of the application. So, go through this blog to get a detailed guide about the error.

QuickBooks Desktop Error 1303 appears while installing QuickBooks software if you do not have the necessary permissions to access certain directories or files required for the installation or update process. The error usually occurs if neither the System nor the Everyone Group has Full Control Access to the stated directory in the error message. The QuickBooks error message for error 1303 appears as,

"Error 1303: Installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory. "C:...\Intuit"

The error can be resolved using some manual steps or the QuickBooks Diagnostic Tool, so go through the blog and implement the recommended solutions.

A few factors can cause QuickBooks Pro Error 1303. These are the most common causes of this error- 

  • This error can occur if you don’t have the required permissions over the installation directory. 
  • Incorrect file-sharing settings are another possible cause of this error.

How To Fix QuickBooks Install Error 1303?

Learn how to fix the error 1303 you see while installing QuickBooks Desktop. Follow the specific steps-

Users can fix installing errors with the QuickBooks tool hub. You can download and install the QB tool hub by following these steps-

  • Close the QuickBooks software.
  • Download the QuickBooks Tool Hub’s most recent version ( 
  • Save the file in a location where it is easy to find (like a Windows desktop). 
  • Open the downloaded file, i.e., QuickBooksToolHub.exe.
  • To install, accept the terms and conditions, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Double-click the icon on your Windows desktop to launch the tool hub after the installation is complete.

Note: You can determine which version you have if you’ve already installed Tool Hub. You can do so by choosing the Home tab, version information will be at the bottom. We recommend you use the latest version.

After installing the QuickBooks tool hub, run it to rectify installation errors like 1303.

  • Open QuickBooks Tool Hub.
  • Click Installation Issues in the tool hub.
  • Now choose the QuickBooks Diagnostic Tool
  • Run the tool. It can take around 20 minutes.
  • Restart your computer after the tool run is complete.

As we mentioned above, Sometimes not having control over the installation directory can cause this issue. This is the method to resolve the QuickBooks Enterprise Error 1303 manually. By following these instructions, you can allow permission and change these settings:

Step 1- Change Permissions To Full Control

Change permissions To Full Control for Folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.

  • Press the buttons Windows + R on your keyboard and open the Run window.
  • Enter the path C:\ProgramData\COMMON FILES\ then click OK. The folder contents are shown in an opening window.
  • Select Properties by clicking Organize in the Folder Window.
  • On the folder window’s top ribbon, click Properties (Windows 10).
  • Click Edit on the Security tab.
  • Select SYSTEM or Everyone in the Group or User Names area, then click Full Control in the Allow column. (You must add it if SYSTEM or Everyone is not already present. Click the Add button to start).
  • The window to select Users or Groups will now appear. Enter Everyone or SYSTEM in the section labeled “Enter the object names to select,” then press the Check Names button.
  • Click the OK button if your entry is valid. Now, the group SYSTEM or Everyone will be included. 
  • Check Full Control in the Allow column after selecting it.
  • To save changes, click Apply and OK.
  • With the Everyone group, repeat steps through a to h (if it exists).
  • Click on the box that states Replace all existing inheritable permissions on all descendants with inheritable permissions from this object.
  • Click OK in the COMMON FILES Properties panel and the Advanced Security Settings window.

Try installing the application once more after making the necessary adjustments to see if the issue has been fixed. 

Step 2- Put Simple File Sharing to Rest

  • Press ‘Windows + R’ on your keyboard> open the Run window.
  • You must copy and paste RunDll32.exe, shell32.dll, Options RunDLL 0, and then press Enter.
  • Scroll down to the Advanced Settings list on the View tab.
  • Uncheck mark from Use simple file sharing (recommended).
  • Choose OK to continue installing QuickBooks Desktop.

Need Further Help for Resolving Error 1303? 

Hopefully, these solutions will help you eliminate the QuickBooks error 1303. But, if you still have issues and need further assistance, we recommend you contact our professional team. Our team will help you eliminate this error and solve your queries. You can also contact QuickBooks Data Service Solutions Helpline Number +1-(855)-955-1942 for the same.

Question 1: What if adjusting permissions doesn’t work in resolving error code 1303?

Ans: If adjusting permissions doesn’t work in fixing the error code 1303, you can try doing the installation as an administrator or try the installation after disabling User Account Control (UAC).

Question 2: Can conflicting software cause Error 1303?

Ans: Yes, security software running in the background can potentially interfere with QuickBooks installation, which can sometimes lead to error 1303.

Oscar Joe Editor
Oscar Joe is a Certified Accountant with Expertise in QuickBooks, Sage and Quicken Accounting Software. Joe 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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