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15xxx series errors are pretty common in QuickBooks, especially when trying to update or install QuickBooks. One such error that we are going to talk about in this segment right here is QuickBooks error code 15271. This error can be a bit annoying as it hinders the update process. To help you out in dealing with QuickBooks error 15271, here we are sharing the details about the error, along with the factors causing the issue, and ways to rectify the same. Thus, stick to this piece of writing till the end and learn more about error code 15271 in QuickBooks.

QuickBooks Error 15271

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What is QuickBooks payroll error 15271?

Generally, this error occurs when a user is updating/installing QuickBooks Desktop Version .i.e., QuickBooks Pro/Payroll/Desktop. You get one of the following errors:

Error Description
Error 15271: The payroll update did not complete successfully. A file cannot be validated.
Error 15271: The update did not complete successfully. A file cannot be validated.

This error usually indicates that there is a file that cannot be validated. There can be a bunch of factors triggering such an error in QuickBooks, which we have tried to elaborate on later in this segment.

What Causes QuickBooks Error 15271?

Here are a few common reasons, why you can come across QuickBooks error code 15271. Let us evaluate them one by one:

  • Corrupt download or fragmented establishment of QuickBooks Pro software.
  • Corruption in Windows registry from a current QuickBooks Pro-related software change.
  • Having an attack of Infectious malware contamination that has ruined Windows framework files or QuickBooks Pro-related program records.
  • Another program perniciously or wrongly erased as related to this QuickBooks Pro-reports.
  • Incorrect SSL of Internet Explorer browser.

Important Points to Remember

Before heading forward with the procedures to eliminate the issue, the user should keep the following points in mind.

  • The very first thing is to open QuickBooks desktop.
  • After that, head to the file menu.
  • Followed by, clicking on the backup company option along with the create local backup tab.
creating local backups in quickbooks

Symptoms of QuickBooks error code 15271

The following can be the signs and symptoms of QuickBooks error code 15271 that can help you identify the error.

  • One of the basic signs can be if the system gets slow and QB software crashes now and then.
  • Or if the Windows OS works sluggishly.
  • Another sign can be if the system shuts down again and again.
  • Another sign for the same can be if the error message itself appears on the screen.

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Solution steps to resolve QuickBooks Error code 15271

Many times, this type of error can be resolved by turning off the UAC in Windows, and then update your software again.

Solution 1: Turn Off UAC in Windows

To resolve this, you need to turn off the “User Account Control(UAC)” in “Windows“. Please follow the steps below:

Turn Off UAC in Windows - Screenshot

✔ In Windows Vista:

  • Firstly choose “Windows” option.
  • Now select as “Control panel“.
  • Type “UAC” in the given search dialog box. Hit the “Enter key” button.
  • Now click to the turn user account control (UAC), “ONorOFF“.
  • Click to the “Ok key” button.
  • Finally, reboot your device once.

✔ In Windows 7, 8 and 10

  • Go to the “Control Panel” settings.
    • In Windows 7: Choose Start > Control Panel.
    • Windows 8: From the Start menu type Control Panel, then click Control Panel.
  • In the search box, enter “UAC“.
  • Click “Change User Account Control settings.
  • To turn off the UAC: Move the slider to “Never notify“.
User account windows
  • Click “OK“. If you are prompted for the “Admin password” or confirmation, enter the password or provide confirmation. If want to make any changes, restart your system.
  • Now turn as “ON” your UAC: Move the slider to when you want to be notified.
  • Click to theOk key” button.

Important Notes:

  1. Hopefully, this will help you in your critical time. If the error still persists there please restart your QuickBooks. 
  2. If the QuickBooks Update Service message window appears, click “Install Later“, and then reset your “QB release update“.
QuickBooks service update

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Solution 2: Change the System Registry

Change the System Registry - Screenshot
  • First of all, apply any registry repair system where a user can easily repair the harmed registry entries that are related to the QuickBooks applications.
  • First press the “Start” key button.
  • Then write a command in the given search dialog box. Don’t hit the enter key button.
  • Now press or hold the “Ctrl + Shift” keys & hit the “Enter key” on your keyboard.
  • A permission box opens, select the “Yes” option.
  • A black box will start a twinkle cursor.
  • Then write “regedit” & then choose an option to hit the “Enter” key.
run regedit - quickbooks error 15271
  • Select the “failure 15271” (at which the file you want to take backup) from a registry editor.
  • Now choose to “Export” from the main file menu.
Changing the system registry - QuickBooks error 15271
  • Select the folder where you want to save your data back up from the save option in the list.
  • Save a file, & then assure the selected branch into your selected from the export range.
  • Then fix the attack of malware contamination. Now utilize the malware expulsion system and then arrange the malware from your system.
  • Now remove all undesirable as well as garbage records from a system (this will consists temp files & folders).

Solution 3: Clean Your Systems Junk Files

Clean Your Systems Junk Files - Screenshot
  • Firstly Conduct a “full malware scan” on your computer.
  • Clean all your “Junk files” (including temp files).
Scan the system malware
  • Update your PC device drivers as instantly.
  • Now try to utilize windows system to restore them and fix it as recently system changes.
  • Uninstall or reinstall your QuickBooks pro app that is associated with this critical error 15271.
  • Run your “Windows System File Checker” (‘sfc scannow”).
  • Try to install all your latest windows updates.
  • Finally perform a clean Installation of your Windows OS.
Perform a clean Installation of your Windows OS - Screenshot

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Solution 4: Update to the latest release of QuickBooks Desktop

How to update quickbooks - Automatic update (Screenshot)
  • From the “Help menu“, choose the “Update QuickBooks” option.
  • Now go to the “Options tab“, On the “Update QuickBooks window“.
  • Turn on automatic updates by clicking on the “Radio button” for “Yes“.
  • Now hit a click on “Close“.
  • Your QuickBooks will now download the latest release update.

Solution 5: Perform a clean installation of QuickBooks in Selective Startup Mode

Clean installing QuickBooks can rectify the error up to a certain extent. Here is how you can clean install QuickBooks in selective startup mode.

  • First of all you need to Press “Windows” button with holding “R” key on your keyboard.
  • This will open “Run” dialogue box will open.
  • Type “msconfig” and then enter “OK” key.
Type msconfig in Run box - quickbooks error 15271
  • You need to choose it on “Selective Startup” under the general tab in main menu tab.
  • Now choose “Load System Services“.
Selective startup mode - quickbooks error 15271
  • After that go to the “Services” and then click on “hide all Microsoft services
  • Hit a click on “Disable all” tab
  • Now uncheck “hide all Microsoft services“.
Install QuickBooks in Selective Startup - Screenshot
  • To verify that the windows installer is marked as checked confirm the service list. If not then mark it check and hit a click on “OK“.
  • Now hit a click on “Restart” Tab in your “System Configuration” option.
  • Perform a “uninstallation” and then “reinstallation” of your QuickBooks once the computer system is restarted.

Solution 6: Using Safe Mode to Install Payroll Updates

The user can try installing payroll updates in safe mode using the steps below to fix the issue. The steps involved here are as follows:

  • The very first step is to choose start tab and then select restart tab from the shutdown menu.
  • Once done with that, press F8 key as windows reboot to display the advanced boot options screen.
Run Windows in Safe Mode
  • The next step is to click on safe mode and click on enter tab.
  • The last step is to install the payroll updates after the widows restart in safe mode.

Also see: Ways to Troubleshoot QuickBooks Error -6000, -80 Code


We Hope you found this article helpful and also now you are able to fix the QuickBooks error 15271 by own. If you are not good in technical aspects or have any query related to your QuickBooks Software, you may ask it directly to our QuickBooks experts. Call us at our QuickBooks payroll technical support number i.e. +1-844-499-6700.

FAQs – QuickBooks error 15271

How can I identify the QuickBooks error code 15271?

Other than the error message itself displaying on the screen, there can be bunch of other signs that can help in identifying the error. Here are a few symptoms:
1. Windows begins running slowly
2. Computers freeze on a timely basis for a few seconds.
3. The system crashes post encountering the error.
4. Windows face latency issues and responds slowly to the given input

Does turning off UAC can fix the QuickBooks payroll update error 15271?

Yes, if UAC is turned off on the system, the the payroll update error code 15271 can be eliminated easily. The user can try fixing the issue using the steps below:
1. The user needs to press windows + R
2. Now, a run box will be visible.
3. The next step is to enter the control panel in search bar and then click on ok tab.
4. Navigate to the user accounts and again click on user accounts option.
5. Click on change user account control settings.
6. Select the never notify option.
7. The last step is to press ok tab and then reboot the system.

How to fix errors in QuickBooks?

The user can try to fix the errors in QuickBooks by running a quick repair on the program. The steps listed below can surely help.
1. The very first step is to select program problems in the QuickBooks tool hub.
2. Now, choose quick fix my program.
3. The next step is to start QuickBooks desktop an open the data file.


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