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QuickBooks Desktop 2018 Student trial error

I just installed student trial when I go into the software it says "QuickBooks Desktop has reached the expiration date and will no longer open". How is this possible when I just now installed it?

Re: QuickBooks Desktop 2018 Student trial error

Thanks for joining the Community, ShadowWuulf.


When QuickBooks has expiration date message, there may be installation errors that prevent it from opening. We can fix them by deleting the damaged file in the program. Then, re-enter the license and product information. Now, close QuickBooks Desktop and follow these steps:

  1. First, ensure that all QuickBooks processes are no longer running. This helps refresh the program.
    1. From the keyboard, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc and click More Details to show Task Manager.
    2. Select the Processes tab and search for all instances of QBW32.EXE and hit End Task.
  2. Open the entitlement data folder for your operating system and version of QuickBooks.
    1. On your keyboard, press Windows+R to open the Run window.
    2. Enter C:\ProgramData\Intuit\Entitlement Client\v8 (or v6) and press Enter.
  3. Right-click the EntitlementDataStore.ecml file and select Delete.
  4. Choose Yes to confirm you want to remove the file.
  5. Open your company file and follow the instructions to register the application.

Once done, try opening your QuickBooks company file. If it's still doing the same thing, please refer to this article for more troubleshooting: Opening QuickBooks splash screen displays and disappears without opening QuickBooks Desktop.


In case you need tips and related articles in the future, visit our QuickBooks Community help website for reference: QBDT Self-help.


Please let me know how it goes and add a comment below if you have other questions. I’ll be here if you need me. Have a good week.

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Re: QuickBooks Desktop 2018 Student trial error

Thanks for the info. Totally solved my issue. SW.😎✌