Resolving QuickBooks Error 1406

By | December 6, 2023

QuickBooks Error 1406 is a common installation error that occurs when the user does not have sufficient permissions to modify specific registry keys. Follow the steps below to resolve this issue:

Step 1: Run the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool.

  1. Download and run the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool from the official Intuit website.
  2. Save the file to your desktop.
  3. Close all open programs and run the tool. It will automatically diagnose and repair issues that may be causing Error 1406.

Step 2: Use Selective Startup to Install QuickBooks

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type msconfig and press Enter to open the System Configuration Utility.
  3. In the System Configuration window, select the Selective Startup option.
  4. Uncheck Load Startup Items.
  5. Go to the Services tab, check Hide all Microsoft services, and then click Disable All.
  6. Click Apply, and then OK.
  7. Restart your computer and try to install QuickBooks again.

Step 3: Modify registry permissions

Note: Editing the Windows registry can be risky. It’s advisable to create a backup before proceeding.

  • Press Windows + R, type regedit, and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to the following registry key:


  • Right-click on the key, select Permissions, and ensure that the user has full control.
Repeat the process for the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\TypeLib\{E1F8FE7D-AC2F-4C97-9F10-E61E49932DD2}
  • After modifying the permissions, close the Registry Editor.
  • Restore your computer to its normal startup mode.
  • Retry the QuickBooks installation.

Step 4: Use the Microsoft Install/Uninstall Tool.

  1. Download and run the Microsoft Install/Uninstall Tool from the official Microsoft website.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to install and use the tool.
  3. Restart your computer and attempt to install QuickBooks again.

Step 5: Install QuickBooks in Safe Mode.

  1. Restart your computer, and press F8 repeatedly during the boot process.
  2. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the boot options.
  3. Install QuickBooks in safe mode.
  4. Restart your computer in normal mode.


QuickBooks Error 1406 may seem daunting, but with the right tools and strategies, you can overcome it. Equip yourself with the knowledge in this guide, and remember, you’re not alone in this battle. With a little troubleshooting and perhaps some support cavalry, you’ll reclaim your QuickBooks mastery and conquer any error that dares to stand in your way.

Remember to create backups before making changes to your system, and if you're not comfortable with registry edits, seek assistance from a professional.