When installing QuickBooks Desktop, you see the following error:

Error 1606: Could not access network location

This error happens when:

  • Windows user account is damaged
  • The network location listed in the error is unavailable


Solution 1: Install QuickBooks using the Administrator user account

This account is usually managed by your computer technician or owner of the company.
  1. Restart your computer
  2. Use the Windows Administrator username and password to sign in to your computer
  3. Install QuickBooks.

Solution 2: Install QuickBooks in selective start up

Solution 3: Install QuickBooks using a new Windows Administrator user

  1. Create a new Windows user with Admin rights.
  2. Install QuickBooks Desktop.

Solution 4: If you are running QuickBooks Desktop in Windows 7 installed in Parallels

  1. Sign out of your parallel and log back in.
  2. In the parallel Desktop, select Devices and click Shared Folders.
  3. Select Disconnect All (you will be logged out of the parallel).
  4. Sign back in and install QuickBooks Desktop.
If you continue to receive Error 1606: Could not access network location, you may have an incorrect setting in a registry subkey.