Steps by Steps Fix QuickBooks Error Code 15242



What does mean QuickBooks Error Code 15242?

QuickBooks Error 15242 usually pops up while attempting to update and run payroll or accounts in QuickBooks. This error arises with a displayed message on the screen specifying an improper download and installation of payroll updates on the system.

The QuickBooks Error 15242 error may display the following reasons as the cause of this error.

  • Incomplete installation of payroll update. OR
  • QuickBooks FCS (File Copy Service) is not responding or may be damaged, as a result, jamming proper functioning of QuickBooks & payroll system.

Therefore, it is necessary to resolve QuickBooks Error 15242, as it may terminate the smooth workflow, ultimately affecting the business. Attempt the troubleshooting steps highlighted below to resolve your issue.

Troubleshooting QuickBooks Error 15242

 Solution 1: Validate Your Payroll Subscriptions

  • Log into your QuickBooks and browse to Employees then click on My Payroll Service > Account or Billing Information.
  • The QuickBooks Payroll Account Maintenance sheet will appear on the screen.
  • Close the page to allow QuickBooks to re-validate the payroll subscription.
  • When the validation process completes, try to update your QuickBooks or payroll once more.

Solution 2: Execute clean QuickBooks installation in Selective Startup

Occasionally, the 3rd-party applications such as Anti-Malware and Anti-virus obstruct the QuickBooks Desktop installation process. It becomes crucial to install the QuickBooks Desktop in a selective startup as this mode allows you to open your windows with few selected programs running on the computer.

  • Press on the Windows + R keys to launch the Run command on the screen.
  • Type in msconfig and then click on OK.
  • Open the General tab then click on Selective startup and Load system services.
  • Find the Services tab and click on the “Hide all Microsoft Services” option.
  • Next, click on Disable all.
  • Remove the check on the “Hide all Microsoft Services check” box.
  • View services lists and ensure the Windows Installer box is checked. (Click on OK not selected).
  • From the System Configuration window, select the Restart option.
  • Once the system starts, install/uninstall/reinstall QuickBooks Desktop with the clean install.

Restarting your system to normal configuration

  • Press on the Windows + R keys simultaneously to launch the Run command.
  • Type in msconfig and then click on OK.
  • From the General tab click on Normal Startup > OK.
  • From the System Configuration window, click on Restart.

QuickBooks Customer

These are the suggested troubleshooting steps for fixing QuickBooks Error 15242. We hope your error is resolved by performing the steps. If the error still persists, immediately give us a call on +1-800-993-4190, we will resolve the error for you. QuickBooks Technical team aims to provide the best help to customers, which is why we have a team of experts who are well trained and equipped to resolve any QuickBooks errors/issues.

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