Get Rid of QuickBooks Error 1321 [An Update Issue]

QuickBooks error 1321 comes and restricts the user to update the company files. This is an installation issue that signifies that the installer does not have proper access to writing certain files. 

Error Message:  The Installer has Insufficient Privileges to Modify the File. 
Error Code: QuickBooks Error 1321
Error Name: Installer Issue

What is QuickBooks Error 1321

QuickBooks error 1321

You may end up with the issue when trying to install and update the software. The error denies you access to certain files and programs. The error comes with several texts such as: 

  1. The installer has insufficient privileges to modify the file [2].
  2. The installer has insufficient privileges to modify the file C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\sdkeventl.DLL
  3. The installer has insufficient privileges to modify the file C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks Point of Sale X.0\dataimporter.exe
  4. The installer has insufficient privileges to modify the file C:\Program Files\Inuit\QuickBooks\CfScan.DLL
  5. The installer has insufficient privileges to modify the file at C:\Program Files\intuit\QuickBooks YEAR\QBONLI32.DLL

Well, you can resolve the issue by modifying the file permission. However, if the issue persists then just rely on us and go through the guide. 

All Causes behind QuickBooks Error Code 1321

Insufficient permission for modifying the file is the real cause behind this issue. Although, the error can also enter due to any of these reasons. 

  • Windows OS is not shut down. 
  • Corrupted company files
  • The process to update files is longer than the process to copy them. 
  • QuickBooks gets restrictions from antivirus and Windows firewall. 
  • The user has not shut down the computer. 

Any of these causes can bring this nuisance within the system. Make sure to troubleshoot them as soon as possible and run QuickBooks smoothly. Also, check out the pointers below to identify the issue. 

Symptoms to Detect the Update Error 

Below are provided several pointers that enable you to detect the issue. Like:

  • Getting any of the messages on your screen.
  • The software is not running smoothly. 
  • sluggish performance of the QuickBooks
  • The folder is having restrictions. 
  • QuickBooks file is not responding and damaging. 
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Top Solutions to Resolve QuickBooks Error 1321

Now, let’s move in and try out all the solutions that help you out in resolving the issue. Jump to the first solution to find out the best troubleshooting idea. 

Solution 1: Run QBinstall Diagnostic Tool

QuickBooks install diagnostic tool

The tool hub consists of various tools that are solely made to fix every major and minor issue. Get into the steps below to learn how to run the QBinstall diagnostic tool on your device. 

  • Firstly, close the QuickBooks desktop. 
  • Also, exit from all running applications on your device. 
  • Go to the official site to download the “QuickBooks tool hub”
  • You need to save the file in a location where you can locate it easily. 
  • When the tool is downloaded, make sure to open it. 
  • Head towards the instructions carefully and provide your agreement to the terms and conditions. 
  • Then, the tool creates an icon of its own. 
  • You will find it on the desktop. 
  • Open the tool by performing a double-click there. 

Tip: If you cannot find the tool hub icon on the desktop, then make sure to search for it on the Search Panel. 

  • After that, click on the “Installation Issues” button. 
  • Moreover, opt for the “QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool”. 
  • It may take around 20 minutes to do the complete the installation procedure. 
  • Finally, reboot the system after conducting the scan. 

Solution 2: Create a New Windows User

This is the second solution in which you need to create a new Windows user. Steps that you need to follow are provided below: 

  • Hit the “Start” button. 
  • Consequently, choose the “Control Panel” button. 
  • Then, tap the other tab named “Select User/Accounts”. 

QuickBooks error 1321

  • Move towards the “Create a New User”. 
  • Make sure to give it a name. 
  • Also, choose it as an admin. 
  • Thereafter, try to build an account. 
  • Don’t forget to log out from the account that you are using currently. 
  • At last, just login back into the new account. 

Solution 3: Retry the Update

error 1321 QuickBooks update

  • Hit the “Retry” tab appearing with the error text. 
  • Then, complete the QuickBooks update. 
  • If you see the issue then click on ignore/cancel button. 
  • Also, hit the “Options” button. 
  • Make sure to “disable” or turn off the antivirus. 
  • Finally, just reinstall QuickBooks in the right way.

Solution 4: Temporarily Disable Antivirus

error 1321 QuickBooks : disable antivirus

If the error does not go away after conducting these solutions then make sure to conduct the steps provided below. 

  • Initially, you need to disable the security software and antivirus installed within the system. 
  • Then, try to install the QuickBooks desktop
  • Make sure to update it to the newest version. 
  • Thereafter, just enable the antivirus and security software. 

Note: Make sure to not disable the antivirus software when there is an internet connection. Before disabling, try to disconnect the system from the Internet. After that, just re-connect the internet. 

Solution 5: Update Insufficient User Privileges

Windows XP
  • Firstly, shut down your system on Windows XP. 
  • Enable it after some moments. 
  • Hit the “F8” button when the windows logo appears. 
  • Go to the safe mode with the networking button. 
  • Thereafter, hit “Enter”. 
  • Just go through the instructions appearing on your computer screen. 
  • And, try to update the user privileges. 
  • Then, start your system. 
  • Make sure to install the software. 
  • Head towards the “Group or User Name” button. 

Allow permission for full access

  • Click on the “System” button. 
  • Make sure to allow system permission with Full access. 
  • Moreover, choose the “Advanced” icon. 
  • Navigate towards the child objects and pick replace permission entries. 
  • Meanwhile, close the “Properties” window. 
  • Subsequently, choose “OK”. 
Windows XP Professionals

The user is recommended to go through the hidden files and folders. So, here are the steps for your assistance. 

  • Firstly, hit the two keys titled the “Windows + E” button. 
  • It will provide you access to Windows Explorer. 
  • Thereafter, you need to move towards the error message parent folder. 
  • Get into the drop-down menu. 
  • Consequently, choose the “Properties” button. 
  • Navigate towards the “Security” option. 
  • Lastly, fill in the administrators for user names and groups.  
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Solution 6: Modify the Windows Permission

This is the last solution that you need to conduct if any of the previous ones are not working out. The steps below are compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10. So, get into the steps below to know how to change the permission. 

  • First of all, you need to access the Run window. 
  • If you don’t know how to do it then just press Windows + R buttons. 
  • Thereafter, try to locate the folder from the locations provided below.
  • You need to specify the file in the open field. 
  • Consequently, press Enter key.
  • Consider the steps given at the bottom of this solution.
32-bit versions

QB Desktop Enterprise:

  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\Enterprise Solutions 17.0
  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\Enterprise Solutions 18.0
  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\Enterprise Solutions 19.0
  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\Enterprise Solutions 20.0
  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\Enterprise Solutions 21.0

QB Point of Sale:

  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks Point of Sale 11.0
  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks Point of Sale 12.0

Pro and Premier:

  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks 2017
  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks 2018
  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks 2019
  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks 2020
  • C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks 2021
64-bit Version 

QB Desktop Enterprise:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\Enterprise Solutions 17.0
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\Enterprise Solutions 18.0
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\Enterprise Solutions 19.0
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\Enterprise Solutions 20.0
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\Enterprise Solutions 21.0

Pro and Premier:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks 2017
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks 2018
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks 2019
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks 2020
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks 2021

QB Point of Sale:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks Point of Sale 11.0
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks Point of Sale 12.0
  • Hit the View option on the new window. 
  • Thereafter, choose to customize the folder. 
  • Subsequently, navigate towards the “Properties” window.
  • Choose the “Security” tab from there. 

modify permission

  • Likewise, you need to choose “Administrations” now. 
  • Click on the Allow option located beside the “Full Control”. 
  • Then, hit the “Security” button. 
  • Click on the “System User”. 
  • Once done, hit Security tab > Administrations
  • Hit Ok. 
  • Exit from the Properties tab. 
  • Finally, just perform a clean installation of QuickBooks.

Winding Up! 

So, this is all about the QuickBooks error 1321. We hope that you like this article and solve the issues within the QuickBooks desktop. The experts themselves prepare it to resolve the queries forming in your mind. We hope that you have no doubts now. However, if there is anything that you want to ask then don’t hesitate by dropping your queries below. The team of experts would surely provide the best answer. So, avoid overthinking while asking your queries.