15271 QuickBooks Error (When Downloading the Latest Update)

When you download the most recent QuickBooks Desktop or Payroll update, QuickBooks Error 15271 manifests. The most common cause of Error Code 15271 is a file that cannot be validated.

The error may look like:
Error 15271: The payroll update was unsuccessful in finishing. One cannot validate a file.
Error 15271: Update failed to finish successfully. One cannot validate a file.

In this post, we’ll discuss about the causes and quick resolution steps to fix it.

Quick Note: You may also face QuickBooks Error 15223

Causes for QuickBooks Error Code 15271

  • Improper QuickBooks Software Installtion
  • Windows files that requires QuickBooks to run may damaged

The thing to do before fixing this error

Create Company file Backup

  1. Open QuickBooks Desktop
  2. Go to File > Back Up Company > Create Local Backup
  3. Now follow onscreen instructions to create a backup

3 Easy Ways to Resolve QuickBooks Error 15271

Step 1: Turn off UAC in your Computer

  • Press Windows+R keys together from the keyboard and a Run box will come up
  • Now type Control Panel and click OK
  • Then go to User Accounts > User Accounts
  • Now click on Change User Account Control Settings
  • Then move the slider to Never Notify and click OK
  • Now restart your computer

It’s a good idea to turn on User Account Control (UAC) on your computer for safety after finishing the QuickBooks troubleshooting.

QuickBooks Error 15271

If the aforementioned step doesn’t work out for you, please continue with the subsequent steps.

Important: Another QuickBooks error code is 15215.

Step 2: Update QuickBooks to the Latest Release

  1. Close QuickBooks Desktop
  2. Press Ctrl key from the keyboard and make double click on QuickBooks desktop icon. Do not release the Ctrl key until you see “No Company Open window” on your QuickBooks.
  3. Now go to Help > Update QuickBooks Desktop…
  4. Click on Update Now tab to the top
  5. Make a check on Reset Update and then click on Get Updates
  6. If asks, click on OK
  7. Once Update Complete appears. Click on Close
  8. Now close QuickBooks
  9. Reopen QuickBooks Desktop, If asks to download new updates click on Yes.
QuickBooks Error Code 15271

After following all the above steps you’ll no longer face QuickBooks Error Code 15271 but in case it still exists. Please speak with our experts. TollFree +1 (800) 443-6819.