How to Fix Sage 50 SmartPosting Service Not Starting Error?

The Error “Sage 50 SmartPosting Service Not Starting” occurs when SmartPosting is not installed on the server or the SmartPosting service’s files are damaged. You will get an error message prompt on your desktop while using Sage 50 SmartPosting application as shown below: 

“The Smartposting Service On The Server [SERVER NAME] Is Not Running So Cannot Be Restarted.”

SmartPosting has been Stopped

Note: “SmartPosting service not starting” is a common error, which occurs across all versions of Windows 7, 8, 10 and 11 and the solution for this issue also stays the same.

Causes of Sage 50 SmartPosting cannot be Started

There various causes for Sage 50 smartPosting service not starting error. Mentioned below are the most common causes of this error : 

  1. SmartPosting not installed on the server properly.
  2. SmartPosting service’s files being damaged and corrupted.
  3. A problem with the Sage 50 software.
  4. Sage 50 does not meet the minimum system requirements.
  5. Incorrect or misconfigured settings within Sage 50 or the operating system.
  6. Insufficient balance transactions.

Important Tip: Before proceeding with the solution steps to fix these issues, we highly recommend creating a backup copy of your company files and data.

Solutions to Fix Sage 50 SmartPosting Service Not Starting

If you receive this error message, you can try the following steps to resolve it:

Step 1. Restart the SmartPosting service.
Step 2. Restart Sage 50.
Step 3. Again Restart your computer.
Step 4. Uninstall and reinstall Sage 50.

If you have tried all of these steps and the error message is still appearing, it is likely that there is a problem with your computer’s hardware or configuration. In this case, you may need to contact your computer manufacturer or a computer technician for assistance.

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Alternate Solution to Resolve the Error Message “SmartPosting Service not Starting”

Step 1. Make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Sage 50.
Step 2. Ensure that you have installed the latest updates for Sage 50 and Windows.
Step 3. Try running Sage 50 in compatibility mode for an earlier version of Windows.
Step 4. Disable any antivirus or firewall software that you are using.
Step 5. Try running Sage 50 as an administrator.

If you are still unable to resolve the  “SmartPosting service not starting,” error, feel free to contact Sagenext customer support for assistance.


In this article, we tried to provide you with all possible solutions to fix  “SmartPosting service not starting.” We feel that the steps mentioned above will solve your “SmartPosting service Not Starting” error and you’ll be able to use Sage 50 without an interruption.

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What is a SmartPosting Error in Sage 50?

A SmartPosting error is an error that occurs when the SmartPosting service is unable to start because of issues with program files. SmartPosting is a background service’s that runs on your computer and is responsible for posting transactions to your Sage 50 company file. If the SmartPosting service’s is not starting, you may not be able to post transactions to your Sage 50 company file.