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QuickBooks Update Issues & Problems

QuickBooks Update issues & problems can be frustrating and inefficient. You spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to fix the issue, but sometimes even after hours of troubleshooting, you are still not able to access QuickBooks.

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If you are experiencing errors when attempting to update your QuickBooks Desktop software, there are a few solutions you can try. First, make sure that your computer is up-to-date with the latest security patches. Next, try reinstalling QuickBooks Desktop. If that does not work, try uninstalling and reinstalling the software.

QuickBooks Desktop Update Errors can be caused by several factors, such as outdated system files, missing or corrupt files, and incorrect installation instructions. There are a few simple steps you can take to troubleshoot and fix QuickBooks Desktop Update errors.

To reduce the chances of a failed update, it is important to carefully review the instructions and make sure that all required components are installed.

In this post, you’ll learn how to fix QuickBooks update issues & problems.

Most Common QuickBooks Update Issues & Problems

QuickBooks Error 12152

QuickBooks Error 12152 is caused by Internet Connection issues, making it difficult for the software to connect to servers and update.

QuickBooks Error 15271

QuickBooks Payroll Error 15271 is a common error encountered when updating QuickBooks or a payroll update.

QuickBooks Update Error 416

QuickBooks Payroll Update Error 416 is an error that triggers when a user tries to download the most recent payroll update, in QuickBooks.

QuickBooks Error 15227

QuickBooks Error 15227 is an update issue that you can face while installing any QuickBooks update.

QuickBooks Error 16026

QuickBooks error code 16026 generally occurs when you are trying to download or install the updates.

QuickBooks Error 15225

QuickBooks Error 15225 occurs when downloading or installing the latest software updates. Error Code 15225 usually occurs because of the incorrect internet explorer configuration.

QuickBooks Error 15227

QuickBooks Error 15227 is an update issue that you can face while installing any QuickBooks update.

QuickBooks Error 15270

The error may occur if you are using Social Security numbers instead of employer identification numbers (EINs) or if you have not entered the Service Key yet.

QuickBooks Update Error 15420

QuickBooks Error 15420 occurs when The Windows user account that is being used does not have adequate administrator rights.

What do you understand about the QuickBooks Update error?

When you try to upgrade the QuickBooks desktop or download the latest release, you will most likely encounter QuickBooks update errors. When a newer version is available, the software will send you a notification. When you try to download these updates, these problems appear which slows down the process. The majority of the time, error messages is not visible, although you may have difficulties while updating the software.

The following are some of the most common update errors:

This isn’t the end of the list; there are likely to be many more inaccuracies. But there’s no need to be concerned; these problems can be readily corrected by following a few basic steps, which we’ll go over later.

Reasons that cause common QuickBooks Update Error

There aren’t many reasons for these errors. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most prevalent causes of update issues.

  • Internet connection is slow or poor
  • More than 1 instance of QuickBooks on the same computer
  • The Digital Signature Certificate is missing
  • Settings are restrictive of firewall and internet security
  • The date and time of the system is not set properly
  • You are using outdated QuickBooks software
  • QuickBooks is not running as the admin
  • Some program issues  like not working due to damaged or corrupted
  • Unable to download the QuickBooks updates.
  • Quickbooks Payroll Update Error PS058
  • Quickbooks Payroll Update Error PS032

Solutions to Fix Common QuickBooks Update Error 

In QuickBooks, you get updates regularly. So when you try to update it manually, set it on an automatic or scheduled update then errors can be encountered. There are different reasons for the QuickBooks update errors. Based on the reasons, you have to go with the solution and resolve the error. Here are the solutions with detailed steps that you can implement to fix the errors.

Method 1: Check the date and time of your Windows system

Sometimes, the date and time of the Windows system are incorrect and conflict with the things you are working on for the software. Make sure that the time zone is correct so that your date and time match to region you are working in.

To correct the date and time the steps are:-

  • On your Windows desktop
  • Right-click on the system clock that is on the bottom right side of the window
  • From options, click the option Adjust Date/Time
  • Further, click on the Change date and time
  • Then click on the OK button twice
  • You have to close the QuickBooks software
  • Then again open it
  • Now try to update QuickBooks Desktop.

Method 2: Configure the settings of the Internet Connection

To verify that the internet connection is the problem with updates, you have to test it. Test it by visiting Chase banking on your browser. If it won’t open up then connect with your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to fix it.

If it opens up Chase banking then follow these steps:-

  • Click on the Help menu option
  • Further, click on the Internet Connection Setup
  • Select the option Use my computer’s internet connection settings to establish a connection when this application accesses the internet
  • Click on the Next button to proceed
  • Hit on the Advanced Connection Settings option
  • In the Advanced tab, click on Restore Advanced Settings
  • After that, click on the OK button and then click the Done button to save all changes
  • Try to update QuickBooks now.

Method 3: Set up the firewall and internet security settings

You have to set up the firewall and internet security settings for QuickBooks so that it won’t block any of QuickBooks’ actions.

You can set up the firewall manually and here are the steps to set up:-

A. Manually configure the firewall

Firstly, you have to add the firewall port for your QuickBooks. In case you are using different versions of QuickBooks Desktop then implement the following steps for each version you are using on the same system.

  • Click on the Windows Start menu
  • Search for Windows Firewall and then click on the Enter button
  • The Windows Firewall window opens up
  • Click on the option Advanced Settings
  • After that, right-click on the Inbound Rules
  • From further options, click on the New rule
  • Choose the port and then click the Next button
  • Now check that the TCP option is chosen
  • Mention the specific ports that are required according to the QuickBooks version (Year)
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2021: 8019, XXXXX.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2020: 8019, XXXXX.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2019: 8019, XXXXX.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2018: 8019, 56728, 55378-55382.
  • Now mention the port number and then continue by clicking the Next button
  • Further, click on Allow the Connection and then continue to click on the Next button
  • When the window prompts check that you have marked all the profiles and then click on the Next button
  • You have created a new rule, now named it such as QBPorts(Year of QuickBooks)
  • After setting the above things, click on the Finish button.
  • The same goes for the Outbound Rule. you have to choose the Outbound in “step e” and other things remain the same.

Check that ports 80 and 443 must be enabled. Check that the access is provided to the files mentioned here:-

  • AutoBackupExe.exe
  • Dbmlsync.exe
  • DBManagerExe.exe
  • FileManagement.exe
  • FileMovementExe.exe
  • IntuitSyncManager.exe
  • QBCFMonitorService.exe
  • QBDBMgr.exe
  • QBDBMgrN.exe
  • QBGDSPlugin.exe
  • QBLaunch.exe
  • QBServerUtilityMgr.exe
  • QBW32.exe
  • QuickBooksMessaging.exe
Note: If the ports are used by any other process then the QuickBooks database server is using the fallback port, 56719.

B. Restart your system

  • Go to the Windows Start menu button
  • Then click on the Power icon option that is on the bottom left side
  • From the shown options, choose the Restart option
  • You have to wait for the computer to restart
  • Now, you are done with all the settings that you have changed manually.

Method 4: Multiple instances of QuickBooks Desktop on the Windows system

The update error happens when you have more than one QuickBooks software installed on your system. That installed version is of the same version (year) so that is conflicting and causing issues. So for this, you have to go with the next solution which is to download and install the manual update.

Method 5: Download and Install the QuickBooks manual update

If the update won’t download or install automatically then you have to do it manually. For the manual process, you are required to follow the proper steps so that you can download and install the QuickBooks manual update successfully.

  • First of all, close your QuickBooks company file and software
  • Click on the Windows Start menu button
  • Go to the QuickBooks option
  • Right-click and select the Run as Administrator option
  • After opening the QuickBooks desktop software
  • Click on the Help menu option
  • From the drop-down options, click on the Update QuickBooks Desktop option
  • In the new window on your screen, hit on the Options tab
  • In this, click on Mark All, and after that click the Save button
  • Then go to the Update Now tab and then select the option Reset Update
  • After that hit on the Get Updates
  • Now, after downloading the updates 
  • Close and open QuickBooks again to install the updates
  • When asked for install updates click on the Yes button to agree.

Method 6: Open QuickBooks as an Administrator

You have to check whether you are running the QuickBooks Desktop as the admin or not. If not then it also causes issues many times. Close the application and then run it as administrator.

The steps for this are as follows:-

  • On your Windows Desktop
  • Locate the QuickBooks Desktop icon
  • Right-click on the icon
  • From further options, select the Run as Administrator option
  • The QuickBooks Desktop opens up with admin access.

Method 7: Run QuickBooks Tool Hub

The QuickBooks Tool Hub is a tool specially designed to resolve QuickBooks update issues & problems. You can run the tool and then proceed by selecting the type of problem you are facing.

You have to follow the steps to run QuickBooks Tool Hub:-

  • Download the QuickBooks Tool Hub
  • Save the downloaded file in your system
  • Go to the location and then search for the downloaded file
  • Double-click on the downloaded file
  • The install wizard opens up and follows instructions to install it
  • Further, you have to run the 2 different tools that are as follows:-
    • Run Quick Fix My Program
      This tool is run from the QuickBooks tool hub which helps you to fix your program problems. Run the Tool hub and then run this tool from that by following the below steps:-
      1. Select the Program problems and then run this tool
      2. It scans the program to find issues and then resolves the problem. When done, try to update QuickBooks software.
    • Run the QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool
      This tool also belongs to QuickBooks Tool Hub which you have to run it if you are facing a QuickBooks update error while installing the updates. Follow the steps to run the QuickBooks install diagnostic tool properly:-
      1. You have to select the installation issues and then run this tool
      2. By running this tool it scans the issues and then fixes them. After completing the running of the tool, again try to update QuickBooks Desktop.

Method 8: Run the Reboot.bat file

The reboot.bat file helps QuickBooks to re-register the .OCX or .DLL file. So you have to run the file properly to do so.

The steps you have to follow are:-

  • In your Windows system
  • Open the File Explorer
  • Search for the reboot.bat file
  • The file is located in your QuickBooks folder
  • Then to run the file double-click on it
  • When it’s done then restart your system
  • Now open the QuickBooks
  • Go to the Help menu
  • Further, click the option Update QuickBooks
  • Then download and try to install the updates.

Method 9: Install the Digital Signature certificate

When it shows you the QuickBooks update error while working on the browser then first check for the digital certificate. After that, if it is not there, install it and then restart your system and applications.

So the steps to install the digital signature certificate are as follows:-

  • Open the File Explorer in your Windows system
  • Locate the file named QBW32.exe
  • After locating it, right-click on it 
  • From further options, select the Properties option
  • Then in the tab of Digital Signature
  • Check the option is tick marked
  • Click on the option Details
  • Then view the certificate by selecting the option View Certificate as this option is shown in the window of Details
  • Now do install the certificate by clicking on the Install button from the window of the certificate
  • Now, continue by clicking the Next button till you reach the Finish button
  • After clicking on the Finish button at the end the process completes for installing the Digital Signature Certificate
  • In the end, restart your system 
  • After that, open your QuickBooks Desktop payroll software
  • Now, download the update and also smoothly update the software.

Method 10: Download updates in Safe Mode

Sometimes, the user is not able to download updates in the windows normal mode. So they also won’t be able to identify the problem. To find the QuickBooks update error cause you have to try to download updates in safe mode. If it is done then the problem is something else. If not then you are facing issues in downloading updates.

To check download in safe mode the steps are:-

  • Initially, open your Windows system in the Safe Mode
  • Now download the QuickBooks update again
  • If the download is done successfully 
  • Then open the Windows system in normal mode
  • Again, download the QuickBooks update.

Fix 15xxx series error when downloading QuickBooks Desktop updates 

You may encounter an error with the 15000 series error code while updating QuickBooks desktop or payroll. Among the errors are:

Error 15214Error 15221Error 15222
Error 15218Error 15224Error 15223
Error 15225Error 15226Error 15270
Error 15103Error 15104Error 15105
Error 15107Error 15240Error 15271
Error 15106Error 15215Error 15217

The following are the actions to take in this process:

  • The reboot.bat file must be executed first
  • Open QuickBooks desktop after restarting the computer
  • Only if requested, install an update by selecting the install now option
  • If you’re still having trouble installing the update, you can delete it and download it again
  • Close the QuickBooks desktop once you’re done with the above step
  • Go to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Intuit\QuickBooks <version XX>\ Components
  • Now, open QuickBooks and go to the help menu, then update QuickBooks desktop from there
  • Go to the tab that says “Update Now” Also, check the box to reset the updates
  • After the download is finished, you must close and reopen QuickBooks
  • Finish the procedure by selecting Install Now
  • To download the updates again, go to the next step and select Get Updates.

If the error persists, you can also check and resolve QuickBooks desktop internet explorer settings. You can also uninstall QuickBooks desktop and reinstall it in selected startup mode.

Some specific QuickBooks Update errors with their reasons, causes, and solutions

The specific errors are related to the QuickBooks desktop Payroll update or QuickBooks update errors. You get to know about the error, why this happens, what error message is shown, and also the solutions to fix the error.

Quickbooks Error PS033

Quickbooks Update Error 1625

Quickbooks Update Error 15106

Quickbooks Error 15215

QuickBooks Update Error 15222

QuickBooks Update Error 15225


QuickBooks Desktop update issues can be easily resolved if the proper strategy is taken. As a result, if you follow the above-mentioned approaches correctly, you should be able to eliminate the error without difficulty. However, if you are still getting common QuickBooks Update Error then you’re suggested to get in touch with QB Professionals. Or you can use our Live Chat to clear your doubts or leave your queries there; they will provide you an easiest and quickest approach to fix your issues.

QuickBooks Error 15106Quickbooks Update Error 502
Error “Failed to send usage data” While UpdateQuickBooks Error 15243
QuickBooks Error 17337QuickBooks Error Code 15276
QuickBooks Error 15102Quickbooks Update Error 503
QuickBooks Error The File ExistsQB Error 12037: QuickBooks cannot complete this update
QuickBooks Error 15215QuickBooks Error 6189
QuickBooks Error 12152QuickBooks Error 6209
QuickBooks Error 15101QuickBooks Error Code 15103
QuickBooks Error PS107: Unreadable Internal FileQuickBooks Error 1328
QuickBooks Error 12007QuickBooks Error 15222
QuickBooks Error 15240QuickBooks Payroll Error 15263
Quickbooks Error Updating Confiq.msiQuickBooks Error 15212
QuickBooks Error 15271Quickbooks Payroll Existing Worksheet Error
QuickBooks Error 1601QuickBooks Error 15227
QuickBooks Error PS058QuickBooks Update Unrecoverable Error
Quickbooks Payroll Update Error 416QuickBooks Error Code 16026
QuickBooks Error 1603QuickBooks Payroll Error 15242
  1. What is the QB desktop update error and how can I fix it?

    QuickBooks update error is the most common issue users face while updating QuickBooks. After downloading the QuickBooks latest update, you can’t open the file because of this issue. It occurs due to space unavailability, can’t meet system requirements, and many more. Find it and fix it with a suitable solution.

  2. What are the reasons behind the QuickBooks Desktop update error?

    This happens when your system specifications fail to meet the QuickBooks latest release requirements, poor internet connection, and personal firewall. Before updating the QuickBooks, disable all anti-virus or any third software if it is your system.

  3. Is any tool available to fix the QuickBooks Desktop Update error?

    Yes, Install the QuickBooks Doctor tool from the QuickBooks Tool hub but make sure you install the latest version of this tool. Enter all required details and run this tool, it will automatically detect and correct the error.

  4. How to get back to Normal mode after fixing QuickBooks update errors in selective startup mode?

    1. On your keyboard, press Windows+R to open the Run command.
    2. Type MSConfig then selects OK.
    3. In the General tab, select Normal startup.
    4. Select OK.
    5. On the System Configuration window, select Restart.

  5. What is the process of clean installing QuickBooks Desktop to fix QuickBooks Desktop Payroll update errors?

    In the QuickBooks clean install process, you have to uninstall the software and then reinstall it again into your system. This process needs to be done when you are unable to solve the QuickBooks Desktop update errors with other solutions.

  6. Why do I have to do a QuickBooks Desktop update and why do these QuickBooks update errors happen if I do it?

    In case you are facing issues and problems because of using an older version then it’s time to switch to the latest update. By processing the QuickBooks Desktop update you get many new features and benefits that resolve many problems. It also helps you in growing your business faster by making things easy for you. QuickBooks update errors happen when the download is interrupted or the installation file got corrupted. There are many more reasons for QuickBooks update errors. Make sure you update it properly.

  7. Are there different ways to download QuickBooks updates that can also cause QuickBooks Desktop update errors?

    Yes, you can download QuickBooks Desktop updates in 2 ways. The first way is to download the updated version from scratch. The second way is to download QuickBooks Desktop updates from existing versions. These ways also cause errors if you don’t do it correctly.

  8. Does the QuickBooks update error happen in any version or edition of QuickBooks Desktop?

    Yes, the error is not specific to any version or edition. So it happens whenever there is any problem or issues whether you are downloading, installing, or running the QuickBooks Desktop update.

  9. Can QuickBooks Desktop Payroll update errors happen to anyone using QuickBooks desktop?

    No, if you are using the QuickBooks Desktop only then the QuickBooks Payroll errors won’t bother you. Some users have payroll add-ons or Payroll versions from the start. So only users using payroll can do QuickBooks payroll updates and fix payroll-related errors.

  10. What are the steps to get the dynamic port number to resolve the QuickBooks update errors caused by the firewall?

    1. Click on the Windows Start menu
    2. Type QuickBooks Database Server Manager
    3. Press Enter button to open the window of QuickBooks Database Server Manager
    4. Click on the tab named Port Monitor
    5. Search for the QuickBooks Desktop version
    6. Then note down the Port Number
    7. This number is used for the firewall port exception.

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