Hi there, @tricounty1,
I appreciate your time checking this with the Community.
I've already addressed your concern about the "Something you're trying to use has been made inactive. Check the fields with accounts, customers, items, vendors or employees." error when processing payroll. You might want to check this link and see if it works for you: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/community/Install/Can-anyone-help-with-error-message-quot-Something-yo...
Should you need further assistance, please mention me anytime. I'm always here to help. All the best!