FIXED: Sage 50 Payroll cannot use this database at this time

cannot use this database at this time

Issue / Fault definition

After moving the Sage 50 Payroll data folder, you receive the error “Cannot use this database at this time. It may be locked by another user.”

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Impact

Users of Sage 50 Payroll are unable to access the database on the new server.

Known/associated error messages

Cannot use this database at this time. It may be locked by another user.

Sage 50 Payroll cannot use this database at this time

Known Fixes / Solutions

  • Close Sage Payroll application.
  • Open File Explorer and navigate to C:\ProgramData\Sage\Payroll
  • Rename three files:
    • PAY.USR
    • payroll.ini
    • payroll.usr
  • Open Sage Payroll
  • In the Startup Wizard, enter your Sage Account Number, Serial Number, and Activation Key. If you don’t have this information, you’ll need to contact Sage support.
  • Complete the wizard and point to the new Sage Payroll database location when prompted.

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