QuickBooks Error 3371: What Triggers it and How to Fix it

Are you facing QuickBooks error 3371 while trying to activate your QuickBooks Desktop application? If yes, let us assure you there is no need to worry as getting such errors is pretty common these days. You might be seeing an error message displaying, “QuickBooks could not load the license data. This may be caused by missing or damaged files.” Through this post, we are going to discuss with you the reasons due to which QuickBooks activation error 3371 takes place and how to get over it quickly.

Are you looking for instant troubleshooting assistance to fix QuickBooks error 3371? If yes, feel free to contact the QuickBooks professional team at 800.579.0391.

What are the reasons triggering QuickBooks activation error 3371?

The following are the reasons due to which you might be facing QuickBooks activation error 3371:

  • The QuickBooks installation might have been corrupted.
  • The damaged QuickBooks Desktop application.

What are the best ways to fix QuickBooks error 3371?

Solution 1) Run the 3371 Error Fix tool from QuickBooks Tool Hub

  • Close QuickBooks Desktop if it’s running.
  • Download the most recent version ( of QuickBooks Tool Hub and store the file on your Windows Desktop.
  • Open the downloaded file (QuickBooksToolHub.exe) and follow the steps displayed on your computer screen.
  • Accept the terms and conditions to complete the QuickBooks Tool Hub installing.
  • Open QuickBooks Tool Hub and select Installation Issues.
  • Select 3371 Error Fix and then click OK.

Solution 2) Reinstall QuickBooks Desktop with the help of Clean Install Tool

Step .1 Uninstall QuickBooks Desktop from your computer

  • On your keyboard, press the Windows and R keys to open the Run window.
  • Enter “appwiz.cpl” into the search box and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
  • Select the Programs and Features option.
  • From the list of programs, select your version of QuickBooks Desktop that needs to be uninstalled from your computer.
  • Click the Uninstall/Change tab.
  • Select the Remove option and then click Next.

Step .2 Run Clean Install Tool from the QuickBooks Tool Hub application

  • Open QuickBooks Tool Hub and choose Installation Issues.
  • Select Clean Install Tool and then click the OK button.
  • Choose the year and version of QuickBooks Desktop that you have uninstalled and then click Continue.
  • When you see a message displaying, “Please install your copy of QuickBooks to the default location,” click OK.

After following the steps mentioned above, you need to download QuickBooks Desktop from the official website of Intuit and install it on your computer by following the on-screen instructions. After that, register QuickBooks Desktop again using the license and product information.


If QuickBooks error 3371 persists even after going through both the troubleshooting solutions mentioned in the post above, then the necessary Microsoft components, such as MSXML, might have been damaged. Therefore, our suggestion for you is to try to repair the Microsoft components required for QuickBooks to activate and check if this fixes the error. For additional troubleshooting assistance to fix QuickBooks activation error 3371, contact QuickBooks professionals at 800.579.0391.

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