Learn the best ways to easily eliminate the QuickBooks Error 1303: Installer has insufficient privileges to access:

Are you facing QuickBooks error code 1303 and unable to tackle it? Well, need not to worry anymore, as we are here with this guide to fix this error effectively. This error is often encountered at the time of installing QuickBooks desktop. It basically indicates that the installer has insufficient privileges to access the path to the directory. Such an error also comes up with an error message stating:

“Error 1303: Installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory. C:\…\Intuit”.

Error 1303 (Installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory) - Screenshot

This error can be very much annoying for the QuickBooks users to handle. Keeping that in mind, we have come up with this article where we are going to discuss the causes as well as the quick fixes to the installer error 1303.

Thus, make sure to read this guide properly and also follow the instructions to resolve the error as soon as possible. Moreover, you can also call us at a toll-free i.e. 1-800-761-1787 and discuss the issue with our QuickBooks installation support team. Our experts and certified professionals will help you in getting rid of the error with much ease.

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What leads to QuickBooks error 1303?

There are not a plenty of reasons behind the occurrence of this error code, but there can be a few common ones. This error is usually seen when the system group is unable access the directory due to lack of full control. Or if there is any of issue with the QuickBooks installation. The same error can also be encountered, if the settings for windows file sharing are mis-configured.

  • In Case the system doesn’t have enough space in their driver to save the installer files
  • Or If the system group or the noted directory doesn’t have full control privileges
  • Another reason can be if the settings for windows file sharing are mis-configured
  • In case there is any technical error in QuickBooks installation

How to identify the QuickBooks error 1303?

Talking about the symptoms of QuickBooks error code 1303, it can be identified if:

  • The user is unable to install QuickBooks software for some reason
  • Or, the windows is freezing again and again
  • The error can also be identified, if the error itself displays on the system screen
  • Another symptom of the error 1303 can be if the windows slowly interact with the user
  • Windows run sluggishly or do not respond

Solutions methods for QuickBooks error 1303

The user can resolve this error, by either downloading and installing QuickBooks tool hub or by carrying out the manual steps. The user can also run the rebuild utility to get rid of this error. It should also be noted that for Windows vista, the utility might not work due to the differences in file structures and permission. The user can create a utility that resets system groups and all group permissions settings to windows default settings. Another possible option is to manually change the permissions for the system in full control and folder C:\Document and Settings\ All Groups for all users. Let us check out each of the methods one by one:

Method 1: Downloading and installing QuickBooks Tools Hub

QuickBooks Tool Hub - Icon

The QuickBooks tools hub is a great invention that helps in tackling a lot of errors. Downloading and installing tools hub can help the user in getting rid of QuickBooks error 1303. It should be noted that the user will have to close the QB software, in order to use this tool. After installing the tool, the user can move to the fix QB desktop install errors in the tool and then use the QuickBooks install diagnostic tool. The steps involved in here are:

QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool -Screenshot
  • The user is then required to select all the options with Having a problem installing QuickBooks and then hit OK button
  • After that, the diagnostic tool will automatically to check the issue and will try to fix it

The major point to be noted here is that the speed of the repair process may vary according to the internet speed and the system’s performance.

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Method 2: Running the utility

The utility resets system groups and all group permissions settings to window settings. Running the utility might work up to certain extent to fix this error. Let us check the steps out:

  • The very first step is to click on the link: permissionsfix.bat
  • After that, choose the Save option and then save the file on the desktop of the affected system
  • Moving ahead, the user can double click the file, that will open the DOS window in desktop screen and then the user can type “Y” at prompt. Running the script will reset the permissions of the affected folders to the default settings. And the user will be prompted “are you sure you want to continue? (Y/N)”.

Note: It should be noted that the user can type in “y” only in lowercase to initiate the script. In case Y is typed in Block letters, the user will return to the error

  • The next step is to press any of the keys and exit the DOS window
  • Followed by inserting QuickBooks CD and trying to install it again

Method 3: Resolving the error manually

The last method that one can opt for is manually changing the permission to full control for system and everyone groups for the folder C:\Documents and settings\All users. The steps involved in this process are as follows:

Step 1: Editing the permissions for the appropriate folders

  • First of all, the user needs to press Windows + R keys to open the run window
  • And then, enter the path C:\ProgramData\COMMON FILES in the open field and then hit OK tab. This will open up the folder contents window.
  • Now, click on the organize option in the folder window and then select the Properties windows 10. Followed by selecting properties on the top ribbon of the folder window.
  • Moving ahead, the user needs to select the Security tab in the properties window.
  • And then, click on the advanced tab.
  • Followed by clicking on Edit tab.
  • The next step in the process is to scroll down the list of permission entries and double clicking the system user.
Edit the permissions for the system user - Screenshot
  • The user is then required to select the checkbox for the full control row in the allow column. Followed by click on OK button
  • The user will then be required to repeat the steps with everyone group, if exists
Edit the permissions for the everyone group folders - Screenshot
  • And check the checkbox saying Replace all existing inheritable permissions on all descendants with inheritable permissions form this object
  • Now, click OK button.
  • And end it, by installing QuickBooks desktop

Step 2: Turning off the Simple file sharing

  • The very first thing is to press Windows + R keys and then open up the Run window
  • Followed by copying and pasting RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 0 and hitting Enter key
  • Now, on the View tab, move to the advanced settings list
  • And clear the use simple file sharing checkbox
Turning off the Simple file sharing - Screenshot
  • To end the process, the user needs to choose OK and move to QuickBooks desktop installation.

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Performing the above-mentioned solutions and steps can be pretty helpful in getting rid of QuickBooks error 1303. However, if the error persists for some reasons, or the error continues to trouble you, then make sure to contact some professional for technical assistance. You can also make a call at 1(800)761-1787 and talk to our QuickBooks error support team.

We are a hub of experts and certified accounting professionals, who work round the clock to provide the best possible assistance for all sorts of QuickBooks needs. Thus, do not hesitate in calling us anytime, we will be happy to help you.


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