Sage error 1603 is yet another very common installation glitch that many users run into while installing a new version of the Sage accounting software application. There are several causes why an Installation may go pear-shaped and get a 1603 Error.

However, the prime cause could be the environmental influences, for instance, Authorizations, anti-virus software application interfering or available free disk space.

In this article, we shall be trying to explain simple ways to resolve the Sage error 1603 issue.

Before you decide to proceed with the troubleshooting procedure, please bear in mind that you need to check these things prior that:

Minimum System requirements

Firstly, you have to ensure that your computer meets the minimum requirements required for the software to be installed. For this, you have to check the following areas:

  1. Operating System
  2. Server operating system
  3. Available Free disk Space – As a minimum 10GB of free space is mandatory

By any chance, any of these requirements aren’t met then we would recommend you to consult Accountinghub Sage tech support team member for further assistance.

Administrator authorizations

Make sure you are signed in to the system as a user with the adequate authorization rights to install the software.

Troubleshoot Sage Error 1603

Option 1:  Deactivate the file sharing wizard

For Windows 7 users:

  1. Go to Start >Click on the Computer option
  2. Select Organize in the top left of the dialog box and Choose Folder and Search Options
  3. Click on the View button and go to advanced settings segment, scroll down and unmark ‘Use Sharing Wizard (Suggested)’ option
  4. Pressthe OK button

For Windows 8.1 and 10 & server operating systems users:

  1. Do right click on Start tab and choose File explorer
  2. Select View at the top of the screen and select the Options icon in the toolbar
  3. Select the View Tab and in the advanced settings section, scroll to the bottom and untick ‘Use Sharing Wizard (Recommended)’.
  4. Click the OK button

Option 2: For the time being deactivate anti-virus and firewall

Try to deactivate your anti-virus and firewall and then the install the software once again- if this worksthen it means these software apps are interfering. Here are the steps to deactivate your firewall

  • Go to Start >then to Control Panel >Look for System and Security >Click on Windows Firewall
  • Choose Turn Windows Firewall on or off that you can find on the left side of the screen
  • Choose the Turn off Windows Firewall selection for the different types of network.

Once you are done with the installation process, please make sure you turn the firewall on back again.

Option 3: Anti-virus and firewall exceptions

Option 4: Check SQL Services are running

If you are trying to upgrade an existing installation of Taxation and are experiencing issues while installing, then probably you may need to check whether your SQL services are running or not. To do so, follow the given steps:

  1. Go to Start and open Run command to findservices.msc and press on the ‘Services’ result that gets displayed on the screen.
  2. Check the right-hand side pane to check whether the instance of SQL is running or not (It will commonly be known as SQL Server (SAGESPS) or SQL Server (SAGETAX) lest you have changed its name before)
  3. If it isn’t running, do the right click on the instance and choose the Start option.
    1. When you do so, SQL Server Agent is displaying as stopped, no need to worry- as this could be the reason
  4. Besides, also ensure SQL Browser is running or not- this should be recorded within the instances and once more, if it is not running, do the right click on it and choose Start

Further inquiry

If you are still facing the Sage error 1603, please make a note of the problems you are experiencing and what happened when you followed the above steps, call at our Sage helpline +1844-313-4856 to speak to our Accountinghub Sage technical support team.