Are you facing QuickBooks Error H202 or any other multi-user issue in QuickBooks? Well, editing Windows hosts file can help you in resolving these issues. You need to read this full article properly in order to resolve your multi-user errors in QuickBooks Desktop. You can also contact the QuickBooks Enterprise Support Phone Number +1800-324-6955 if you want an instant resolution for your issues.

This article is basically intended to resolve the broken Domain Name Settings (DNS) in Windows. If you are not sure about the mentioned solutions or you are having some queries related to DNS settings then we recommend you to contact Intuit QuickBooks Support or visit the official website of Microsoft to get answers of all your questions.

In order to perform these steps properly, you must have the Administrator rights in the server system and any local system connected to the server. We recommend you to keep a pen and paper along with you to mention the essential details as you may have to go back and forth to systems again and again.

How To Edit Windows Host Files?

Step 1: Locate The IP Address And System Name Of The Server And Workstation

Perform the following solutions for the server and any system or workstation connected to the server.

  • Log in to the server with administrator rights and press Windows + R to open the Run command.
  • Type CMD in the search box and hit enter or click on OK to open Command Prompt.
  • Type ipconfig /all and hit Enter.
  • Note down the Host Name (computer name) and the IP Address.
  • Repeat the same steps again for other additional system connected to the server.

Step 2: Edit The Windows Hosts File

Important: Hosts files that deal with STATIC IP addresses. The error can be caused when the server is rebooted and contains a different IP address then configured in the HOSTS file if your network is using DYNAMIC addressing. You need to be configured the Windows server for maintaining the same address for the network every time.

  • Close QuickBooks and all its related processes.
  • Open the server system and go to Start menu
  • Navigate go to either:
    • C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc
    • C:\Windows\Syswow64\Drivers\Etc
  • Double-tap on the hosts file.
  • Select Notepad from the window that ask you to select a program.
  • Provide the IP address in front of Computer Name (Sever will contain the workstation IP and system name whereas the Workstation contain the Server IP and system name). While providing these information, press the Tab key in place if the Space bar to differentiate between the IP address and computer name. See the image below:
  • Once you are done with both the options, open QuickBooks again in multi-user mode to check if the error is resolved or not.

Are You Asked To Save The Host File?

If you are using Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 then you may get the option to Save As because the User Account Control (UAC) is enabled. You need to perform the following steps for saving the file:

  • Under the Save As window type Hosts under the File Name field.
  • Choose Desktop for the location and then click on
  • Navigate to the desktop and right-click on the host file.
  • Select Copy from the drop-down list.
  • Press Windows + E keys to open the Windows Explorer.
  • Navigate to the folder: C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc.
  • Locate the hosts file and right-click on the same.
  • Right-click on the file and select Rename from the drop-down list.
  • Add the OLD word at the end of the file name and then click on
  • Now, press CTRL+V keys to paste hosts file and select Continue.

Note: Follow all the steps to other systems as well running on Vista/Windows 7/Windows Server 2008.

Resolve QuickBooks Multi-User Mode Issues

The provided solutions should allow you to resolve almost every multi-user issues in QuickBooks Desktop. However, if you are still facing some issues with your QuickBooks Desktop or you are having some doubts in any of the steps then you can get in touch with us at our toll-free QuickBooks Tech Support Phone Number +1800-324-6955 to avail the technical support services for QuickBooks.

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