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Nowadays, millions of QuickBooks user encounters problems related to QB Payroll unable to update. This problem generally appears with an QuickBooks error code 15106. This software has never failed to amaze their users with its highly notable & beneficial features. But there always some limitation and restriction in QB tool, one of such issue is QB error 15106. There is no such problem in QuickBooks which cannot be resolve – Error 15106 is one of them.

In this blog, we have discussed about QuickBooks error code 15106 and it’s causes. However, you can save your precious time and efforts by calling QuickBooks error support team performing the below given technical steps:

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Possible Causes of Payroll Error 15106    

QuickBooks users receive this error code with the warning or error messages on display.

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“The update program is damaged”


“The update program cannot be opened”

The two major causes of this error code given below:

  • Antivirus or system security application installed in the machine
  • There must be some limitation to write or read the new file because the QB user not logged in as an administrator

See Also: How to Create Payroll Checks in QuickBooks?

Solution of QuickBooks Payroll Unable to Update Error Code 15106

One can try to eliminate this error in QuickBooks using the set of steps listed below:

Procedure 1: Turn off User Account Control

Simply turning off the user account control can help in eliminating the issue. Note that the steps might vary for different windows versions.

  • The user needs to open the run box by simply pressing windows + R tabs
  • After that, enter in the control panel and also click on ok tab
  • Now, opt for the user accounts
  • Also, click on change user account control settings
  • Note that if you are getting any prompt by UAC, then click on yes tab
  • After that, move the slider. If you wish to set it to Turn UAC OFF, then it is recommended to click on Never notify and go for the Ok tab.
  • To turn the UAC ON, opt for the Always notify and click on the Ok tab.
  • Lastly, restart the system

Procedure 2: Uninstall the Antivirus program and rename the folder

  • The user needs to open the Task manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys.
  • Now, head to the Processes tab and then search for the antivirus, which is in the system.
  • Also, go for the end process tab.

Note that if you are getting any issues while performing the task, then it is important to uninstall the antivirus application.

Rename the QuickBooks update folder

  • The user needs to first open the file explorer by pressing windows + E keys
  • After that, head to the C:\Program files\ Intuit\ QuickBooks (year)\Components (for 32 but users).
  • And for 64 bit users, the path C:\Program files (x86)\Intuit\ QuickBooks (year)\Components is to be selected.
  • Now, right click the downloadqbXX folder > choose rename option.
  • The XX stands for the version year of QuickBooks.
  • After that add .old extension to the end of the name.

Procedure 3: Log in the system with admin credentials

Step 1: In case you have already logged in as a different user follow the steps below:

  • The user needs to first move to QuickBooks desktop icon
  • And then, right-click on the same
  • Now, choose the run as admin option
  • And also enter the admin credentials
  • Hit the ok tab and this will login you as admin

Step 2: Login the admin account by switching the account

  • Initially, hit a click on Start menu.
  • Then click on Switch user option from the bottom right side arrow.
  • Now enter the Admin credentials.
  • This will easily Switch the user account to admin account.

Procedure 4: Clean install of QuickBooks in selective startup mode

Step 1: Prepare the data for backup

Step 2: Login the system in selective startup mode

Make sure that no other application blocks you from completing the task, and then switch to selective startup mode.

  • The first step is to open the run box by pressing the Windows + R keys
  • Enter msconfig and then click on Ok tab.
  • Head to the General tab
  • Go for the Selective startup mode and then Load the system services.
  • Head to the Services tab and choose the Hide all Microsoft services.
  • Now, check the Hide all Microsoft services check box and also click on Disable all option.
  • You should also keep in mind to Check windows installer checkbox from the list of services.
  • Lastly, choose the restart option.

Step 3: Uninstalling and reinstalling QuickBooks desktop

The user is now supposed to uninstall and reinstall QuickBooks.

Step 4: Switch to normal startup mode

The last step here is to switch to the normal startup mode. The steps involved in here are as follows:

  • At first, open run box and then enter in Misconfig followed by hitting OK button.
  • Go for the Normal startup and in the General tab, click on Ok tab.
  • Opt for Restart option on the System configuration window.

Also See: How to Fix QuickBooks Error Code 15104?

Get Instant Customer Help

It has seen that many QB users face frustrating error quickbooks payroll error 15106 and issues related to their accounting software. Due to this, we have a specialized team of Intuit QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisors gathered in a team.

For any issue, you can directly contact us at our QuickBooks Payroll toll-free support number with no hesitation i.e. +1-844-405-0907. We are always ready to help you with our 24 hour of customer service facility.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are other Solutions to Fix QuickBooks Error Code 15106?

Other than the above solutions, the user can try to eliminate the issue by using the solutions listed below:
·         Disable User Account Control.
·         Perform a clean installation and try to install QuickBooks in selective startup mode

Can Spy Sweeper cause QuickBooks Error 15106?

Spy Sweeper is basically the Webroot’s antivirus programme. And the error code 15106 can be caused by it, as it treats the QuickBooks update programme as malware and downloads unwanted files onto the computer. The user can check whether the spy sweeper is running or not by simply clicking on to Ctrl + Alt + Esc to launch the task manager and then clicking on more details tab and also look for the processes tab for spysweeper.exe.


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