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Did you see QuickBooks error 15215 and don’t know what can be done to fix it? Well, QuickBooks error code 15215 usually occurs when updating QuickBooks to the latest version or when downloading payroll updates. This error appears on the screen when performing payroll updates or when carrying out a maintenance release. When receiving such an error, the server might stop or you might have limited access. When downloading payroll updates, one might see the following error message:

Server Not RespondingProblem Error 15215: QuickBooks could not verify the digital signature for the update file.
Error 15215:Unable to verify the digital signature.
QuickBooks Error Code 15215 - Screenshot

To help you in dealing with QuickBooks error code 15215, here we are with this segment sharing the complete information related to the error causes, and fixes. To learn more, stick around this segment, or you can also consult our technical support team at +1-844-499-6700, and we will provide you with immediate support and assistance.

What is QuickBooks error code 15215?

QuickBooks payroll update error 15215 is usually shows up when you try to download payroll updates. It shows up when there is any kind of conflict with another application running in the system during the payroll upgrade. The software running in the background application mighty use excessive bandwidth, causing the error. This error can also be seen when the firewall setup is blocking the software from connecting with the server.

Error number:Error Code 15215
Description:Error 15215: Unable to verify digital signature / Incorrect Configuration of Microsoft Internet Explorer
Developer:Intuit QuickBooks Inc.
Applies to:Windows XP, Vista 7, 8, 10 & 11
Possible SolutionClean junk files using disk cleanup, uninstall and re-install QuickBooks.

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Symptoms of QuickBooks Error Code 15215

Checkout the potential signs that indicate that QuickBooks software suffering from Error 15215:-

  • When the error code 15215 occurs – it crashes all the active programs & applications
  • System gets corrupted while running the same program simultaneously
  • Error 15215: Unable to verify digital signature” message is displays
  • Slow & sluggish performance of the windows
  • System responds leisurely on the mouse & keyboard input
  • Computer ‘freezes’ after fix time span

What Causes QuickBooks Update Error 15215?

QuickBooks error code 15215 may caused due to an incorrect configuration of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). To protect your computer and its contents, QuickBooks attempts to verify the digital signature on all files that are downloaded through the program. If it is unable to verify the digital signature of a file that you are trying to download, this error will occur. Looks like it’s a conflict in the system.

Here are some of the potential reasons that drag the QuickBooks desktop to this error code:-

  • Improper QuickBooks installation.
  • If the QuickBooks payroll file(s) or Windows system get corrupted due to Malware or virus or any other infection.
  • In case, the QuickBooks file(s) deleted due to deleterious activities in the system or mistakenly.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer has incorrect configuration.
  • One of the most important reasons is an another application is running in the background while the update is occurring is interfering with the method.

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Troubleshooting Methods to Fix QuickBooks Update Error 15215

Error 15215 is normally triggered by a conflict with another application running in the background when you attempt to download and install a payroll update. The application might be a program that requires a lot of bandwidth, avoiding QuickBooks Desktop Payroll from creating a connection to the web server.

Below we are going to provide you step by step instruction to solve this error. However, you can contact to support team to resolve your problem instantly.

Method 1: Reboot the System

Restart the Mac system - Screenshot

At first, you have to restart the computer. Due to this, the application that protect the QB Payroll force to shut-down or prompt to reset its setting in order to remove the blocked connection by reconfiguration.

Restart the desktop and if the problem resolve but the error code appear after regular intervals…! In such scenario, you must see and confirm that no program is running on the system. If it does then it could be a reason of this error. To fix this issue once and for all, you have to follow the steps mentioned below.

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Method 2: Run QuickBooks as a Windows Administrator

Running QuickBooks as a Windows Administrator enables the QB application to take authority over every possible windows application. It also let the QuickBooks to take the necessary resources in order to run properly.

  • At first, confirm that the QuickBooks application is close
  • Hit onto the “Desktop” icon.
  • Choose the “Run as Administrator” option
Run QuickBooks as Administrator - Screenshot 1
  • In case, it redirects you to a dialogue “Do you want to allow this program to make changes to your computer?” then select the “Yes” icon.

Method 3: Verify Use TLS 1.0 is checked, and Use TLS 1.1 and Use TLS 1.2 are unchecked in the Internet Options window of Internet Explorer

  • Shut-down the ‘QuickBooks’ application.
  • Access/open the “Internet Explorer” browser.
  • Now Go to the “Tools” icon => “Internet Option” tab.
  • Hit onto the “Advanced” tab.
  • In the “Advanced Settings” tab, search for the option ‘Use TLS 1.0, Use TLS 1.1 and Use TLS 1.2’.  (Note: You may not find these options in your Internet Explorer version)
  • Later, check if the Use TLS 1.0 is marked.
  • Confirm that the Use TLS 1.1 & Use TLS 1.2 are not checked.
TLS Error Internet Options Setting tls - Screenshot
  • Hit onto the “OK” icon to close the windows.
  • Shut-down the Internet Explorer.
  • Reboot the system once you restarted or reopen QuickBooks.
  • Finally, try to download the QuickBooks update again.

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Method 4: Restart the Windows in Selective Startup

If the error pertains, verify the system for running programs and applications that probably conflicted with QuickBooks payroll update download, example CA Security Center, which has been identified as the cause of conflicts with the QuickBooks software:

  • At first, turn-off the QuickBooks application.
  • In the computer, open the ‘Run’ windows:-
    • For Windows XP: Click on the “Start” icon => “Run” icon.
    • For Windows 7 & Vista: Click on the “Start” icon => “All Program” tab => “Accessories” tab => “Run” tab.
    • Windows 8 & 10: Press the “Windows” + “R” key simultaneously on the keyboard.
  • In the “Run” field, type-in the msconfig and click on the “OK” icon.
Type msconfig in Run box - Screenshot
  • It will open the “System Configuration Utility” window.
  • In the current page, choose the ‘Selective Startup’ & clear the ‘Load Startup’ item checkbox.
system configuration utility settings - Screenshot
  • Hit the “OK” icon to save the modifications.
  • As per the instruction now restart the system.
  • Once you restarted or reopen the QuickBooks, latest updated tax table.
  • In case, you are enabled to successfully download the update, simply follow steps 1 to 4 to get back to the “System Configuration Utility”
  • Choose the “Normal Startup” tab.
  • Now, Hit onto the “OK” button
  • Finally, restart the system or machine again.
    • This action makes sure that the system functions in a normal working environment. However, If there are items you want to be removed permanently, you might need to go to the Microsoft website and search for how to clean boot Windows.
    • If you were able to successfully download the update by clearing your Startup items, this indicates that one or more of the programs in your Startup items are conflicting with downloading the QuickBooks Desktop Payroll update.

Method 5: Install Updates Manually

  • The very first step is to head to the update QuickBooks option
  • Now, ensure that product is selected
  • The user is then required to click on change tab and then choose the QuickBooks product
QuickBooks download manual update
  • Once done with that choose the update option and select the location for the file to be saved
  • Now, ensure to choose the save tab
  • The next step is to locate the downloaded file
  • After that, double click the install the update tab and then restart the windows
  • The last step is to open QuickBooks to check if the latest update has been downloaded or not

Method 6: Configure the firewall

  • The user needs to start by clicking on the control panel from the start menu
  • And then click on the system security and also click on windows firewall
Windows firewall - QuickBooks error 15215
  • Choose the option to view the large or small icons and choose the windows firewall instantly
  • The next step is to select the advanced settings tab and then in the left section, highlight the inbound rules
  • The user will then have right click the inbound rules and click on new rule option
Create a new rule in firewall settings
  • After that, select port from the rule type section
Choose port option in QuickBooks database server manager
  • And also, click on the specific local ports
Firewall settings configuration -QuickBooks error 15215
  • Ensure to separate by a comma and click on the next tab
  • Click on the next tab and select the option to allow the connection
Allow the connection
  • Select the network type
  • Make sure to keep all the options checked before clicking on next
  • Repeat the steps for outbound rules

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Wrapping up!

We hope that this technical blog would be helpful for you to resolve the QuickBooks Update Error Code 15215. But, in any case, you encounter the same error or any other problem associated with the QuickBooks – you can instantly contact to our QuickBooks error support experts at our toll-free number i.e. +1-844-499-6700.

We regularly post our technical blogs and articles related to QuickBooks software errors to deliver the best solution to our clients.


What is error 15215 in QuickBooks?

QuickBooks Error 15215 is an installation error in QuickBooks and belongs to the 15xxx series of QuickBooks errors that hamper the installation process of QuickBooks.

What causes Error 15215?

The major causes behind the error are:
Incorrect configuration of Microsoft IE.
The file being downloaded during the update process is unable to verify.
The QuickBooks Installation is incomplete.
Windows is virus or malware-infected.
The source of the installation, like the CD, might be corrupted.

Does an Update of the QuickBooks Tax Table is required to Fix the QuickBooks Error 15215?

Yes, You can try to get rid of the QuickBooks error 15215 by updating the Tax table. At times, When the tax table is not updated, It starts creating an issue in the QuickBooks account.


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