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Error 15270

SOLVEDby QuickBooksQuickBooks Desktop Payroll2Updated 4 days ago

When attempting to download a payroll update, you receive the following message:

Error 15270: The (payroll) update did not complete successfully. The update is missing a file.

Solution 1 : Download entire payroll update

  1. Restart QuickBooks. If the QuickBooks Update Service window appears, click Install Later.
  2. Choose Help > Update QuickBooks.
  3. In the Update QuickBooks window click the Update Now tab. Click to select the Reset Updates checkbox before clicking the Get Updates button. Click OK to confirm the reset.
  4. When the update is complete, the Get Updates button becomes active and the words "Update Complete" appear below. Restart QuickBooks.
  5. If the QuickBooks Update Service message appears, click the Install Now button. The update should install successfully.
  6. Go to Employees > Get Payroll Updates to try to install the Payroll updates again. Make sure Download entire payroll update is selected and click Update.

Solution 2: Verify your subscription is active


  • Basic, Standard or Enhanced Payroll: Click Employees > My Payroll Service > Account/Billing Information or Account Info/Preferences. Sign into your Intuit Account to view the QuickBooks Payroll Account Maintenance page and verify your subscription is Active.
  • Assisted Payroll: Click Employees > My Payroll Service > Account/Billing Information or Account Info/Preferences. When the QuickBooks Payroll Account Maintenance is open, close the screen to prompt an update and re-validation of your payroll service.

Solution 3: Verify EIN and Service Key

  • This error may occur if you are using Social Security numbers instead of employer identification numbers (EINs) or if you have not entered the Service Key yet. Verify these items in QuickBooks Desktop.

Solution 4: Run Quick Fix my Program

Step 1:  Download and install the QuickBooks Tools Hub

The QuickBooks Tool Hub helps fix common errors. You'll need to close QuickBooks to use the tool hub. For the best experience, we recommend you use Tool Hub on Windows 10, 64-bit.

  1. Close QuickBooks.
  2. Download the most recent version ( of the QuickBooks Tool Hub. Save the file somewhere you can easily find it (like your Downloads folder or your Windows desktop). Note: If you've installed Tool Hub before, you can find out which version you have. Select the Home tab. The version will be on the bottom.
  3. Open the file you downloaded (QuickBooksToolHub.exe).
  4. Follow the on-screen steps to install and agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. When the install finishes, double-click the icon on your Windows desktop to open the tool hub.


Note: If you can't find the icon, do a search in Windows for QuickBooks Tool Hub and select the program.


Step 2:  From the Tools Hub, run the Quick Fix my Program

The Quick Fix will shut down any lingering background processes QuickBooks may be using. It will run a quick repair on your program.

  1. In the QuickBooks Tools Hub, select Program Problems.
  2. Select Quick Fix my Program.

Solution 5:  Check browser and internet connections

If you're still having problems, see the following articles for more help.

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