Quick answer: A lot.

A power blackout can take down QuickBooks. So can a brownout. Or a power spike. Or a nearby lightning strike. A thrown breaker can take down QuickBooks. A user unplugging their power strip can take down QuickBooks.

When QuickBooks closes abnormally because of a power outage, then oftentimes you won’t be able to get back into QuickBooks, or your company, afterwards. That’s because various kinds of files on your computer get corrupted.

If you can get back into QuickBooks, but you get errors in your company file, then your company file probably got corrupted. You can try rebuilding the company and see if that fixes it. If rebuild doesn’t work, then you can either restore your last good backup, or get your damaged QuickBooks company repaired.

If you cannot get back into QuickBooks — you can’t even get to the QuickBooks log in screen — then you can do this trick to try to open QuickBooks anyway. If that doesn’t work, you can try this other trick to reconnect your QuickBooks program to the Windows registry. If that doesn’t work either, you probably will have to uninstall QuickBooks, then reinstall it.

Of course, if your hard drive or motherboard gets fried during the power surge, then you’re going to need to get a new drive (or new computer) and work forward from your QuickBooks backups. (You do make backups, don’t you?)

PREVENTING POWER PROBLEMS IN THE FIRST PLACE

If you can prevent your computer and/or network from going down during electricity incidents, then QuickBooks will be unaffected by those incidents and you don’t have to worry about recovery.

The easiest and least expensive thing to do to protect yourself from electricity-based catastrophes is to put a uninterruptable power supply (aka battery backup) on every piece of your network equipment: your server, every workstation, every router, switch, hub, monitor…anything connected to any of your computers.

Battery backups not only protect your equipment from power surges, but they also automatically engage and give power to your equipment until you can do a controlled exit from QuickBooks and power down your equipment. In other words, they allow you to exit QuickBooks and power down your computer(s) in a normal way.

The problem a lot of people have is that they put a battery backup on their server, and…that’s it. The rest of their network is unprotected. That vulnerability has resulted in the corruption of many a QuickBooks file.

How about you? Have you ever had power problems affect QuickBooks?

 

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Here are some of the better reviews of the recently released QuickBooks 2014.

QuickBooks 2014 Has Arrived! Here is What to Expect – The Sleeter Group

Email Improvements – This has been an area where I’ve felt that Intuit hasn’t kept up with the times. Support and integration with email is just not very good. This year there are a number of changes in this area. Is it enough?

The Customer Center now has a tab for Sent Email, where you can see a history (of sorts) of the emails that you have sent to a client from within QuickBooks. You now have the ability to send a customer payment receipt via email.

(Note: Charlie Russell has posted a number of detailed blog entries at the Sleeter website above that analyze various aspects of QuickBooks 2014)

RELATED: QuickBooks 2014 Screenshots

QuickBooks 2014 Client Collaborator – Intuitive Accountant

Users of the the Accountant versions of QuickBooks 2014 can initiate what might seem like an ‘instant message’ to their client directly from inside QuickBooks.  While using a copy of your client’s data (either an Accountant’s Copy or a Back-up), should you have a question concerning a transaction, you can open the Collaborator and simply ask a question about the transaction.  

(Note: William Murphy has posted a number of detailed blog entries at the site above that analyze various aspects of QuickBooks 2014)

QuickBooks 2014 – Payroll Center Enhancements – Sunburst Software Solutions

In QuickBooks 2014 the Payroll Center underwent a complete overhaul – which was badly needed in my opinion – and the outcome is both well-designed and useful, at least in my opinion.

For years, we’ve lived with a cramped Payroll Center, that was so full of “stuff” that it was often difficult for users to figure out what the heck they were supposed to do in it or how in the heck they were supposed to even use it.

 Bank Feeds in QuickBooks 2014 – Presti & Naegele

Bank Feeds is the new Online Banking feature in QuickBooks 2014. Compared to the 2013, the visual aspects of the online banking feature has been changed significantly, providing more room to work in and using color to highlight different transactions and features.

What’s New in QuickBooks Enterprise 2014? – Scott Gregory

Remember these key points as you consider an upgrade to QuickBooks Enterprise 2014/14.0

Currently on an active Full Service and Support Plan with Intuit? You will automatically receive a copy of QuickBooks Enterprise 2014 at no additional cost.Watch your e-mail – Intuit will be sending you notices about the upgrade.

The data in your current QuickBooks file will upgrade to QuickBooks 2014 seamlessly. You should not have any worries about that as you evaluate the purchase of QuickBooks 2014.

RELATED: How QuickBooks 2014 Installs and Registers

 Are you going to be getting QuickBooks 2014? What is driving your decision?

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