If you are facing some technical aberration in your company file, then it becomes important to restore the previously saved backup of the company file. While the original company file has the .qbw file extension, the backup file has the .qbb extension. The steps to restore .QBB file in QuickBooks (backup file), are given as under:

  • To start off, open QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Upon opening the accounting software, choose the option to Open or Restore Company.
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  • Within this option, you need to pick the option to pick the option for restoring backup files.
  • Immediately, hit on Next.
  • Herein, you should choose the Local Backup option and then choose Next.
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  • Search for and pick the .QBB file and then open the file.
  • After that, hit on Next.
  • Finally, hit on the option to Save the file.

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What are the various file extensions of the QuickBooks company file?

The extensions related to the QuickBooks company file include the following:

  • QBW: QuickBooks Company File
  • QBB: QuickBooks Backup File.
  • QBM: QuickBooks Portable File.

What are the causes of the Company file backup failed error?

When restoring the QuickBooks company file, users may stumble upon different forms of errors, which prevent users from restoring their invaluable Company related data. The major causes of this error are:

  • The backup of the file was made in a different version of QuickBooks (and not the one currently installed on the system).
  • You may have restored the backup from an external storage device.
  • There may be unnecessary blank spaces or special characters in the file name of the Company file backup.

How to resolve the company file backup failed error?

  • Make sure that you have the same version of QuickBooks as used while creating the backup of the company file.
  • Make sure to clear any characters or blank spaces from the file name.
  • Ensure you move the backup of the company file from the external storage device to some location on your computer. After that, restore the .QBB file from this new location.

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Users should frequently update their company files so as to create a safety valve for restoring these company files in the future in case of any technical issues. This ensures that your company files are safeguarded against data loss or corruption. The easy process enumerated in this article to restore a .QBB file in QuickBooks desktop should have assisted you. If you need assistance on similar QB problems, you should sail through our other FAQs and troubleshooting blogs.


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