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Did you see a warning message with an error code PS101 when downloading the latest update for QuickBooks payroll tax tables? Suddenly bumping into a random error PS101 isn’t very common in QuickBooks. The error code usually shows up with a warning message that states: QuickBooks payroll update did not complete successfully. Please try again before the deadline reaches the payroll submission. As a result of this issue, the payroll update might not succeed. Moreover, the same error can be seen when there are any sort of firewall restrictions or other background applications that are obstructive. To help you in dealing with such an error, here we are with this segment sharing the complete set of steps to get rid of QuickBooks error PS101. Thus, make sure that you stick around this segment carefully, or you can also connect with our technical support team at  +1-844-499-6700, and let our certified QuickBooks professionals help you in fixing all sorts of QuickBooks-related errors. 

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Factors causing QuickBooks error PS101 

There can be a handful of factors triggering QuickBooks error PS101. Let us evaluate each of the reasons one by one: 

  1. In case the antivirus program or the system firewall is blocking the communication. 
  2. Another possible trigger can be if the Internet Explorer settings are not configured properly. 
  3. You can further come across similar issues in case numerous QuickBooks versions are stored on the device. 
  4. Or if the application is facing any sort of connectivity issues disrupting the smooth running of the program. 
  5. Another reason can be the installation of QuickBooks updates is partially done. 

Methods to fix QuickBooks error PS101

In order to get rid of QuickBooks error PS101, one can try to implement a few solutions. Let us evaluate each of the methods one by one: 

Method 1: Clean install QuickBooks using selective startup mode 

Before you begin with the clean installation of QuickBooks, make sure to create a company file backup, to avoid any sort of data loss. The steps involved in here are: 

  • To start with press and hold Windows + R and this will open up the Run prompt. 
  • Once done with that enter MSCONFIG in the search panel and click on the next tab. 
Type msconfig in Run box - QuickBooks error PS101
  • The next step is to head to the general section and choose the below tabs:
    • Selective startup 
    • Load system services 
Selective startup mode - quickbooks error PS101
  • You now have to click on the services tab and press Hide all Microsoft services. 
  • After that click on disable all option. 
  • Now, uncheck the lock screen. 
  • Also, click on ok tab and select restart. 
  • The user will then have to reinstall QuickBooks desktop. 
  • Lastly, switch back to the normal startup mode. 
Normal startup

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Method 2: Configure Windows Firewall that excludes QB 

Windows firewall is often set up to block certain websites and applications. Therefore, it is important to Configure Firewall Ports and Security Settings for QuickBooks for pages and apps that you want to access regularly. You can do this using the steps below: 

  • Here you simply need to click on the Start tab 
  • Once done with that, enter Windows Firewall in the search bar and choose the Windows Firewall tab. 
  • Now, head to the advanced settings section. 
  • Followed by, you need to see inbound rules and right-click on it. 
  • After that select Create a new rule. 
QuickBooks firewall port create new rule
  • You now have to press the port tab and click on next. 
  • Make sure that TCP option is marked
  • Move to the specific local ports field and enter the relevant ports according to the version of QuickBooks:
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2020: 8019, XXXXX.
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2019: 8019, XXXXX. 
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2018: 8019, 56728, 55378-55382. 
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2017: 8019, 56727, 55373-55377.
  • The next step is to click on the next tab. 
  • After that, press Allow the connection tab and also click on Next. 
Configure firewall ports and add exceptions - QuickBooks Error PS101
  • Make sure that all the profiles are marked in the next section, in case yes, click on the next tab. 
  • In case not, then choose them and click on the next tab. 
  • One must create the rule and assign a name like QBPorts (year)
  • And then, click on the finish tab. 
  • Follow the steps from 1-4, and choose Create an outbound rule. 
  • The last step is to reopen the QuickBooks desktop and switch to multi-user mode to check if the issue has been resolved. 

Learn how to: Install and Set up Multi-User network in QuickBooks Desktop

Method 3: Download and use QuickBooks Tool Hub

If the above steps didn’t help, try downloading and using the QuickBooks tool hub. You can carry out the steps below to fix the issue using the QuickBooks tool hub

QuickBooks tool hub
  • Simply try to close all background processes. 
  • Now head to the official Intuit website and download the latest available version of the QuickBooks tool hub. 
  • Once done with that, save the download file to an easy-to-access location. 
  • The next step is to double-click the file downloaded above i.e., the QuickBooksToolHub.exe file.
  • And perform the onscreen prompts to complete the installation process. 
  • Now double-click the QuickBooks tool hub icon and open it. 
  • The next step is to click on the program problems tab and also click on Quick Fix My Program. 
Quick fix my program
  • After the program diagnoses and fixes the issue on the system, you need to reboot it. 
  • The last step is to download the payroll tax table update. 


Payroll errors in QuickBooks can be extremely annoying, especially errors like PS101. Hopefully, reading this segment might be of some help in getting rid of the QuickBooks error PS101. Just in case you have any queries, or if you come across the same issue again due to some reason, then in that case, feel free to reach out to our technical support team at  +1-844-499-6700, and our certified QuickBooks professionals will ensure that all your QuickBooks-related queries are addressed immediately. 

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