Fixing the QuickBooks Error H101, H202, H303, or H505

QuickBooks is a cloud accounting software which is used to manage expenses and sales as well as keeping track of all the business transactions. The software is focused to help small and medium-sized businesses with their transactions. QuickBooks promises to provide assistance with payroll functions, invoices, bill payments, tax filing, and more. Intuit is the developer of the world-famous accounting software, QuickBooks. They planned to offer aid to the small or mid-sized corporations and help them stand on their own feet. With the introduction of QuickBooks, the number of users drastically increased. Since the usage is increased, the QuickBooks support has seen various issues coming in.

One of the most sought solutions is for QuickBooks Error H101, H202, H303, or H505.

What are the QuickBooks Error H101, H202, H303, or H505?

In simple language, these errors mean that the system with the company file requires additional configuration. The error is fixed without fail once the configurations are set.

As for the users, it is also important to understand the reasons as well as solutions for such issues.


The main causes for the H101, H202, H303 and H505 errors in QuickBooks are:

  • The .ND file is damaged or wronged.
  • The firewall is blocking the in and out communication of the computer where the company file is located.
  • Hosting configuration settings are wrong.
  • QuickBooks can’t fetch the IP address of the system.

There are various troubleshooting steps which can resolve these errors. Most of these errors require checking the Hosting setting. Users have to verify the Hosting setting by pressing “F2” and make sure that QuickBooks is running.

There is a possibility that users operating QuickBooks file in multi-user mode might go through these issues. They can find messages such as:

  • You are trying to work with a company file that is located on another computer, and that computer needs additional installation and setup. (H101, H303 and H505)
  • You are trying to work with a company file that is located on another computer, and this copy of QuickBooks cannot reach the server on that computer. (H202)

The solutions

Solution 1: Install QuickBooks File Doctor on the host server (server Computer that hosts the company files) and follow these steps.

  • Ensure that QuickBooks is installed on the Server Computer. If QuickBooks is not installed, users can not use the multi-user mode.
  • Download and run the QuickBooks File Doctor in the server computer.
  • QuickBooks File Doctor to fix Multi-User Hosting Errors. Check the network, pick the server and click yes if you come across a message about sharing your folder.
  • QuickBooks will start running properly in Multi-User mode again. If H303 or H505 error still resides, users can run QuickBooks File Doctor and choose a workstation instead of a server.

Solution 2: Check hosting and services to make sure that hosting is only enabled on the hosting computer.

Verify hosting by these steps.

  • Open QuickBooks and choose “Utilities” in the “File” tab.
  • Go to the next computer if you see Host Multi-User Access on the list.
  • Choose Stop Hosting Multi-User Access.
  • Repeat steps 1-3 on each computer.

Solution 3: Access the network ports QuickBooks uses to transmit data. Configure the Firewall of the system and check file path troubleshooting.

Solution 4: Make sure to add the server to the Windows hosts file. You can use editing to add or overwrite the server successfully.

Solution 5: : Create a new folder for your company file on the hosting computer and share it. Make sure to set up Windows access permission and hosting computer to share the company files. Open the company file in multi-user mode after copying the .qbw file to the new folder.

Small and mid-sized businesses try to stay away from reconciling their business accounts or poise their chequebooks. QuickBooks is the right choice for them to take care of all the expense and transaction details. There might be some issues which can hold the user experience for some time, but QuickBooks support number is always there to help. All users can get in touch with the support number and get instant solutions to their issues.

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