Often when you try to update QuickBooks, some or the other error might annoy you, as facing update errors in QuickBooks is pretty much common. QuickBooks desktop update errors can appear any time while downloading the updates or switching to the new releases by Intuit. These errors often hinder the updating process, ultimately creating a fuss. So, if you are also encountering any such issue, then need not to worry anymore, as this article will rescue you from the update errors. We are going to discuss the ways in which one can tackle these errors smoothly. So, stick to the article till the end.

Moreover, if you are sceptical about the thought of handling this error on your own, then our QuickBooks desktop support team is there to assist you. Our U.S based and industries best accounting experts are putting their best foot forward to make QuickBooks software error-free for the users. So, do not hesitate in calling us anytime at 1-800-761-1787.

What are QuickBooks update errors?

Well, the QuickBooks update errors are usually seen when you try to update the QuickBooks desktop or downloading a latest release. You gets a reminder from the software itself, whenever a newer update is available. These errors pop up, when you try to download these updates and also hinders the process. In majority of the cases, the error messages are not seen, but you might get any kind of hindrance while updating the software. A few of the common update errors include:

The list doesn’t end over here, there can be many other errors as well. But need not to worry, as these errors can be fixed easily, by carrying out a few simple processes, which we will be discussing later on.

What triggers the QuickBooks update errors?

The causes of these errors are not many. We have tried to jot down a few of the common causes, due to which you might stumble upon the annoying update errors.

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Solutions to QuickBooks desktop update errors

There can be a few easy methods that can be implemented in order to tackle the update errors in QuickBooks. Let us explore the methods one by one:

Method 1: Configuring the Internet connection settings

In order to check the internet connection, you need to open a web browse and move to the chase banking page. If you are unable to open the page, then below mentioned steps can be carried out:

  • The very first step is to move to the help menu and select the internet connection setup.
  • Choose the use my computer’s internet connection settings to establish a connection when this application accesses the internet.
  • Once done with that, you need to hit a click on next option.
  • Move to the advanced connection settings.
  • Next step in the process is to select the restore advanced settings.
Restore advanced settings - Screenshot
  • Click on done.
  • The last step is to update QuickBooks desktop once again.


  • It should be noted that QuickBooks users who use a dial-up connection should ensure that the minimum internet speed they get shouldn’t be less than 28.8 kilobytes per second.
  • Also, users who use America online, log on to their AOL account with the master login id, in case possible, and you should ensure that the parental controls settings are disabled. Users also can refer to AOL’s online support for more information.
  • Users who regularly use download accelerator should ensure that such software are not enabled while the QuickBooks updates are downloading. Or the software will interfere with the new QB updates.

Method 2: Verifying the system date and time

  • Hit a right click on the system clock placed on the desktop screen and then opt for the Adjust date/time option.
  • Choose the change date and time and also write the current date and time.
  • Now hit a click on Ok twice.
Verify your system's date and time - Screenshot
  • Close and open the QuickBooks again.
  • To end the process, run the update of QuickBooks desktop again.

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Method 3: Configuring the internet security or personal firewall application settings

At times, the internet security or firewall settings hinder the updates. This increases the demand for checking and verifying the configuration of the internet security and personal firewall software settings. The steps involved in the process are:

QuickBooks Port Number - Screenshot Image
  • To begin with, press the Start tab and then look for QuickBooks database server manager.
  • Click on the QuickBooks database server manager from the list and then click on the port monitor tab.
  • Once done with that, note down the port number of the version of QuickBooks desktop.
  • Now hit a click on the Start tab, and along with that search the Windows firewall.
  • Opt for the Windows firewall and hit a click on the advanced settings option.
  • Right click the Inbound rules option and then hit new rule.
Create a new rule in firewall settings - Screenshot
  • Now hit a click on the port option and hit next.
  • Followed by, enabling the TCP option.
  • Once done, check mark the specific local ports and enter the port number.
  • Now click next and select allow the connection.
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  • Click on next again and name the new rule.
  • To end the process, follow the same steps for outbound rules.

Additional steps

  • Enabling the ports 80 and 443 is a must.
  • Permitting the below stated files to access:
    • AutoBackupExe.exe
    • Dbmlsync.exe
    • DBManagerExe.exe
    • FileManagement.exe
    • FileMovementExe.exe
    • IntuitSyncManager.exe
    • QBCFMonitorService.exe
    • QBDBMgr.exe
    • QBDBMgrN.exe
    • QBGDSPlugin.exe
    • QuickBooksMessaging.exe
    • QBLaunch.exe
    • QBServerUtilityMgr.exe
    • QBW32.exe

In case all these ports are used by some other processes, the QuickBooks database server will use a fallback port, 56719.

Method 4: Multiple instances of QuickBooks desktop on same system

As we mentioned earlier, the QuickBooks update errors can occur if you are having more than one installing of QuickBooks desktop of the same version year installed on the same system (For example, QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 19.0 and QuickBooks Premier 2019). In case this situation occurs, you need to download and install a manual update for one or more versions of QuickBooks desktop.

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Fixing error 15XXX when downloading QuickBooks desktop updates

While updating QuickBooks desktop or payroll, you might receive an error with the number 15 as initials. These errors include:

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

The steps to be involved in this process are as follows:

  • The first step is to run reboot.bat file.
Run ‘reboot.bat’ file - Screenshot
  • Restart the system and open QuickBooks desktop.
  • Now install an update by selecting install now option, only if prompted.
  • If you are still unable to install the update, then you can delete and download the update again.
    • Now close QuickBooks desktop.
    • Visit the C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Intuit\QuickBooks <version XX>\ Components.
  • Now open QuickBooks and then move to the help menu and then update QuickBooks desktop.
Help + Update QuickBooks desktop - Screenshot
  • Visit the update now tab. Also, mark the reset the updates checkbox.
  • Next step is to select the get updates to redownload the updates.
Update QuickBooks desktop (Screenshot)
  • Once the download process is complete, you need to close and reopen QuickBooks.
  • Conclude the process, select install now.

You can also verify and troubleshoot QuickBooks desktop internet explorer settings if the error persists. Also, you can uninstall and install QuickBooks desktop in selective startup mode.

Install QuickBooks in Selective Startup - Screenshot

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Additional methods

You can also carry out the below stated methods to fix the update errors:

Installing a digital signature certificate

  • For this, you need to move to C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks.
  • Click on QBW32.exe and choose the properties option.
  • Next, move to the digital signature tab and also ensure that Intuit is selected in the signature list.
  • Once done with that, choose the details option.
  • In the digital signature window, select the view certificate option.
  • Followed by selecting the install certificate option.
Install certificate - Screenshot
  • Now, opt for next until the finish option appears and then select finish.
  • Restart the system.
  • Open QuickBooks and re-download the update.

Downloading the updates in safe mode

You can also download the updates in the safe mode, in order to fix the QuickBooks update errors. The steps involved in this process are:

  • First of all, open the computer in safe mode.
Safe mode with networking - Screenshot
  • And then, re-download the update.
  • If the update is downloaded successfully, make sure to restart the system in normal mode and then re-download the update.

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If the right approach is followed, the QuickBooks desktop update errors can be easily dealt with. Thus, following the above stated methods in a proper way can help you to get rid of the errors without any problem. However, if the confusion persists, consulting an expert from a reputed and renowned service provider can be the right decision.

Our QuickBooks enterprise technical support team has always been at the forefront of the QuickBooks related support services and we do not leave any stone unturned to provide the best possible assistance to all our users. Simply give us a call at 1-800-761-1787 regarding your issue, as our executives hold the expertise in tackling all sorts of accounting errors and will help you in dealing with them.


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