Fixing QuickBooks Error 6150 with a User-Friendly Guide

There is No Doubt QuickBooks is the world’s best business accounting software and offers tons of features and services. Still, it has some flaws, and one very common is QuickBooks Error 6150 Unable to Open Company File. It is a very common problem that may occur when a user tries to access the company file. You can assume that your data file is corrupted if the company file does not open. Multiple reasons like power outages, software conflicts, hardware failures, etc are promoting company file issues like this. Luckily, Our experts have comprised the most viable solutions in fixing Error message 6150 in QuickBooks through this blog.

What is Error Code 6150 in QuickBooks Desktop?

Error Message 6150: “We are very sorry QuickBooks is unable to open the company file” occurs when a QuickBooks user tries to open a company file from the local storage or server location. The reason for error can be so many, and A corrupted file or insufficient permission is the most common one. 

Top Reasons why you face the QuickBooks error 6150

  • Maybe QuickBooks is not installed properly on your machine.
  • A damaged windows registry can also promote this kind of issue.
  • A corrupted or cracked version of the antivirus software can also lead to this error.
  • If the QBW or company data file is damaged or corrupted.
  • QuickBooks important DLL files get damaged somehow.
  • When you try to access the .qbm file without opening the software.

Get Rid of QuickBooks Error 6150 with These Proven Methods

Method One: Repair QuickBooks error 6150 1006 with the QBFD Tool

Users who are having problems with their corporate files often find that QuickBooks File Doctor is the most helpful tool. The error that occurred in the business file can be fixed in a matter of minutes once File Doctor determines the underlying cause of the problem and applies the appropriate fix.

  • Installing QuickBooks Tool Hub immediately after downloading QuickBooks File Doctor is recommended since you will need it to launch QuickBooks File Doctor.
  • Launch QuickBooks Tool Hub and navigate to the Company File Issues tab; this will bring up the QB File Doctor tool for you to use.
  • Within the File Doctor, navigate to and select the file that pertains to your business, then select Check File Damage Only before clicking the Diagnose File button.
  • Check to see if you are able to access the file in QuickBooks after the QB File Doctor has finished repairing it.

Method Two: Restore from the latest backup file

  • Open or Go to the QuickBooks and then click on the file tab. Now from the drop-down menu of the file tab, click on ‘Open or Restore Company’.
open or restore the company
  • From the given three selectable, choose ‘Restore a backup copy’ and then click on Next.
restore a backup copy
  • Now from this window, Choose the first option (local backup) and then click on the Next button.
local backup
  • Choose the location of the company file backup by clicking on the downward arrow of Look in.
  • Now choose the file that is available with the .qbb extension from the backup files.
look in
  • From the bottom right corner, click on open then click on the Next button.
click next
  • Next, choose a location to restore the backup file by clicking on the down arrow of the Save in.
  • Choose the desired company file name and fill inside the file name field, Select the company file format as .QBW. Click on save and yes.
save in
  • Inside the ‘type yes to confirm’ field, type yes if you want to permanently delete the old data file. Hit the OK button to confirm and restore the company file from the backup.
  • Open this file and check if you are able to work smoothly or not.

Note: Execute all the steps provided above under the supervision of an expert as anything can go jumbled while restoring the company file and it is also possible that you may not get the desired results.

Method Three: Use the QB Auto Data Recovery Tool and recover your lost data

First, recreate the lost transactions by using the current transaction log file and then recreate the complete data file using the cache of the company file and transaction log file.


  • ADR is only available in windows for QuickBooks Pro, Premier, and Enterprise Solutions.
  • It is unavailable in Accountant Editions.
  • If your backup file is greater than 1.5 Gigabytes then it’s a no-no from QuickBooks ADR.
  • If you want to use this feature to its max then upgrade your version of QB to the latest.
Recover the latest transactions using the original .TLG file with .QBW.adr file
  • Firstly create a new folder on your system desktop and name it QBTest.
  • Open the folder where your company file is located or saved.
  • Now you have to search for the .tlg file in your company file’s folder. It has a similar name as your company file.
  • Follow these steps if you can’t find the .tlg file:
    • Hit the ‘Windows + E’ keys from your keyboard, next choose Organize and then select the Folder and search options.
    • Choose Hide extensions for known file types amongst the various provided.
    • Click on Apply and also click on OK.
  • Now copy the following .tlg file and paste it to the QBTest folder you created earlier.
.tlg in qbtest
  • Next, open the QuickBooksAutoDataRecovery folder which is located in the same location as your company file.
  • You have to now copy the .QBW.adr file and paste it to the QBTest folder. You will now have the .QBW.adr and .tlg file in your QBTest folder.
copy adr to qbtest
  • In your QBTest folder, right-click on the .QBW.adr file and rename it by choosing Rename.
  • You can now remove .adr from the end of the file.
del adr file
  • Open QuickBooks. Next select to open the company file that is saved in your QBTest folder. Use your registered account to verify whether all transactions are there or not.
  • Select the File tab and then Utilities, and click on Verify Data option to check the data integrity of the recovered file.
  • If this copy of the company file is not damaged or is fine, you can now move the damaged company file to a different location and transfer the copy company file from QBTest to the original location.

You can also follow these steps with .QBW.adr and .TLG.adr files if you want to recover your data file with the help of the Auto Data Recovery Tool.

Method Four: Update QuickBooks Desktop and fix QuickBooks message code 6150

  • Open QBDT and then Press the F2 key to open the Product Information window.
  • Next, Check the version number in the upper right corner of the window.
  • Now go to the following link on QB’s official website:
  • Download the update for the correct version of your QBDT.
  • Start the installation of the QB desktop and Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  • Restart QuickBooks and the system itself when the installation process finishes and check if you are still getting the QuickBooks Error 6150.

Method Five: Reinstall QBDT by using the clean install tool

If none of the troubleshooting steps fixes your issues, you can also attempt reinstalling the QuickBooks Desktop application to fix the Error 6150-1006.

  • To begin, you should press the Start button on your keyboard.
  • To uninstall a program, go to the Control Panel and click the Uninstall a Program button.
  • At this point, choose the QuickBooks application, and then click the Uninstall/Change the app button.
  • Choose Uninstall, then proceed with the deletion of the application by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Next, download the QuickBooks Clean Install Tool, and now run it.
  • Continue after clicking the “I Accept” button.
  • Choose the appropriate version of QuickBooks, then click the Continue button.
  • Simply install QuickBooks by clicking the OK button.
  • Launch the QuickBooks Desktop application now.

Method Six: Create other users in windows and eliminate QuickBooks Error 6150

  • Make sure you are the admin user of the windows and then press the following keys ‘Windows + X’.
  • Next click on the following options: Computer Management >> Local Users and Groups >> Users.
  • Right-click on the right-hand side and select the new user.
  • Now input the following things in the appropriate fields: user name, password, and password hint.
  • If you require or if you need check the “User must change password at next logon”.
  • Finally, Click on Create and then on Close.


I Hope the troubleshooting mentioned above was precise enough to understand and perform each step smoothly. Even though the troubleshooting was precise, Some users may still need to get consults by QB experts. To reach out to a QuickBooks Data Services expert, call +1-888-704-1357.


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