Best Solutions to Remove QuickBooks Update Error 15242

QuickBooks Error 15242 users mostly notice when updating their payroll or account information. This particular error message indicates “That you cannot install the updates of QuickBooks payroll within this system”. This error message can befall due to the multiple reasons and not updating regularly is one of the most primary causes for error 15242.

While updating, you can encounter QuickBooks Error 15242

  • QuickBooks Desktop Error 15242: The Update of your payroll did not complete because QuickBooks FCS service is damaged.
  • QuickBooks Error code 15242: The payroll update didn’t complete due to FCS services not running.

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What is QuickBooks Error 15242?

The main reason for the error 15242 is QuickBooks FCS (File Copy service) not responding/running. This issue may bring forth malfunctioning in QuickBooks/payroll features. Thus, it is very important to eliminate this error message, as it hampered the work flow of your organization.

How to remove QuickBooks Error code 15242?

Here are the feasible ways to resolve update error in QuickBooks Desktop.

Method 1: Verify the QB payroll subscription

  • Open the QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Next, Open the employee >> my payroll service >> Account billing information.
  • Once the QuickBooks payroll account maintenance page open in your screen.
  • QuickBooks will automatically verify the payroll subscription.
  • Next, close the account maintenance page.
  • Restart the QBD and try to update payroll/QBD.

Method 2: Reinstall your QuickBooks program

Step 1: Collect all essential information

  • Download the installer file for your QuickBooks version.
  • Note down easy to access place License number or If you bought digital license then must have confirmation email address.
  • Also copy down your product version and year.

Step 2: Select the selective startup mode

  • Press windows + R button to start Run program.
  • Type Msconfig and press enter or click on ok.
  • Next, select the selective startup option.
  • Uncheck the load startup items.

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Step 3: Uninstall the QuickBooks Desktop

You must be able to uninstall QBD by Following the below enlisted steps, However if you have any problem in uninstalling then you can contact to QB solutions experts.
  • Click on start button, there search for control panel. And open it.
  • In the control panel select the program/features or uninstall program option.
  • In the list of installed program scroll down and select QuickBooks.
  • Click on uninstall/Change and then click on uninstall. Follow all positive option at last click on finish.

Step 4: Install QuickBooks from downloaded QB installer

  • Double click on QB installer.
  • Select all positive option.
  • Accept all terms and conditions.
  • Entered license key.
  • Click on Finish.
  • Open QuickBooks Desktop.

Step 5: Start the QB with normal startup option

  • Press altogether windows + R button.
  • Enter msconfig and click on ok.
  • From the general option, choose the normal startup option.
  • At last restart the system.


I hope the above mentioned methods were helpful to eliminate QuickBooks Desktop Update Error 15242. However, if you are still not able to fix it, then I would suggest you to contact to QuickBooks Data Services experts at +1 888-704-1357, they have tools and years of experience in fixing such type of issue with QuickBooks.

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