Learn how to fix target chaining error when running QuickBooks rebuild utility:

No matter how many new updates the QuickBooks software gets equipped with, different types of assorted error codes keep showing up, and annoying users. Did you encounter a peculiar target chaining error when running QuickBooks rebuild utility? Well, after rebuilding the company file in QuickBooks desktop enterprise, the QBWIN.log file displays the target chaining errors. These errors come up with an error message stating:

Verify.c (4620):CHECKPOINT: 1104: Thu Jul 14 15:36:39 Target Chaining: Target ###### in transaction ######, points to ‘next’ target ###### which is NOT in that transaction
Verify.c (4747) :CHECKPOINT: 3544: Fri Jul 01 11:25:45 Target Chaining: Next target pointer error in transaction #####

The user might also get an unrecoverable error message in a couple of instances. At the time when the company file contains these chaining errors, your bills, and payments get unlinked, and also the corresponding payments do not have names. The user might also see Version 2.0 in the Entered/last modified column, instead of the actual date of affected transactions, when running the Audit trail or the transaction detail reports.

Entered or Last Modified - Image

To know more about the target chaining errors in QuickBooks company file while running rebuild utility, make sure to read this article carefully till the end. Or you can also get in touch with our technical support team, our experts and certified accounting professionals will be always there to assist you.

What factors cause the target chaining errors in QuickBooks?

There are several factors that may embolden this error code. These include the following:

  • Insufficient system RAM
  • The Verify & Rebuild utility malfunctions.
  • Damage caused to the Company file.
  • Using a poor internet connection.
  • Using an old data file.

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Easy Approaches to Fix Target Chaining Error in QuickBooks Company File

Before you start, note that this error occurs due to an insufficient RAM allocation during the verify/rebuild. In case the company file is more than 2GB, then get in touch with our team of professionals.

Condition: In case the company file is less than 2GB

  • At first, the user needs to run Rebuild.

Important note:

  • The user need not to run the Rebuild over the network. The user needs to ensure that he/she is running the Rebuild from the location where the company file is stored. He/she can also copy the company file to another location to run the rebuild locally.
    • The user should restart the Workstation/server before rebuilding. Also, ensure to free up the memory.
    • Also, run the Rebuild where you have the most RAM available.
    • The user needs to navigate to the QuickBooks file menu and then choose the Utilities tab. Afterward, opt for the Rebuild data
    • Now, choose OK tab and then wait for rebuild to finish.
Rebuild data utility - Screenshot

The user should note that, in certain cases, the view results screen immediately following the rebuild will show incorrect results in the errors we couldn’t fix section.

  • Afterward, Run verify to ensure there are no additional errors.
    • After that, the user needs to move to the QuickBooks file menu and also choose Utilities tab and also opt for Verify data.
    • And then, choose OK tab and also wait for the Verify to finish.
Verify data utility - Screenshot

In case these steps didn’t work in fixing the issue, then it is recommended to restore a backup created prior to the rebuild that might turn into the target chaining error. If you are doubtful of the backup to restore, then try opening the company file and press F2 to bring up the product information screen. The user needs to check the RB date, in the versions used on file section.

Product Information - Image

Now, on the restored company file:

  • The user needs to hit on the F2 key or Ctrl+1 on their keyboard. And on the Product information page, the user needs to ensure that there is no RB date or the RB date is not close to the day when the issue arise.
  • Also, run the Rebuild utility, and choose Verify. In case you failed, then the user can continue to have issues with the Bills/Invoices and payments or if case you identify Version 2.0 in transaction detail reports, and check for another backup.

Read Also: Steps to create and open portable company files in QuickBooks Desktop

To Wrap it Up!

Once you are done with the steps above, the target chaining error while running QuickBooks rebuild utility might not trouble you. In case it does, make sure to get in touch with some professionals, who can help you in resolving the error with much ease.

Make a call at our toll-free QuickBooks customer support number i.e., 1-800-615-2347, and leave the rest on our team of certified QuickBooks professionals.


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