Technical QuickBooks

QuickBooks Shuts Down When Issuing a Build

In QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise you can create inventory assembly items, and then create a buildtransaction to manufacturer that assembly. There are times when QuickBooks generates an error and says it has to shut down just after you issue a build, and the build is not recorded.


The most likely cause of this is that your bill of material has blank lines in it.


The usual reason that there is a blank line in the BOM is that someone wanted to delete an item and couldn’t figure out how to do it. In other places in QuickBooks (such as in an invoice or sales order) you can right click on the line and select delete line. This doesn’t work in the edit item window, however. Instead, use ctrl-DEL to delete a line, or select delete line from the Edit menu.

In addition, check that all components and the assembly have valid accounts set up. If you get the following error, you may have problems with issuing a build:


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Charlie Russell is the founder of CCRSoftware. He's been involved with the small business software industry since the mid 70's, and remembers releasing his first commercial accounting software product when you had a one-floppy disk drive system, loading the program from one floppy and then replacing that with the other floppy to hold the data. He has a special interest in inventory and manufacturing software for small businesses. Charlie is a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor with additional certifications for QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Enterprise. He also is a Xero Certified Partner. Visit his CCRSoftware web site for information about his QuickBooks add-on products. Charlie can be reached at

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