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QuickBooks Error 15241

Quickbooks payroll update error 15241
Quickbooks Error 15241 - The QuickBooks update did not complete successfully - The QuickBooks FCS service is disabled

What is Error Code 15241 in QuickBooks

If the payroll software update does not go through correctly, QuickBooks error 15241 appears. The system will then notify you of the QB payroll update on a regular basis, and you will be unable to install it. The QuickBooks Desktop File Copy Service (FCS) is most likely disabled, which is why this is happening. Updating software to the latest release can resolve the error. 

Error: QuickBooks Error Code 15241

Error Message: [Error 15241] : The QuickBooks update did not complete successfully

“The QuickBooks FCS service is disabled”

QuickBooks Error 15241 is an error related to QuickBooks Payroll function which stops the QuickBooks Desktop software to install updates properly. It can generally occur due to File Copy Service of QuickBooks Desktop software being disabled.

The QuickBooks Payroll software allows business owners, accountants and bookkeepers to tackle their business payroll processes without much hassle and limited mistakes. Less manual interference results in only limited scope of errors that too only if the initial input amount and data is wrong.

Error code 15241 is resulted due to a specific service being disabled called File Copy Service that is imperative for the smooth working of QuickBooks Desktop software.

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About QuickBooks Payroll Error 15241

Error Code:Error 15241Developer:Intuit Inc.
Error Description:Error 15241: The payroll update did not complete successfully.Software:QuickBooks
Cause:File Copy Service (FCS) is damaged or corrupted, Incorrect system configuration and settingsApplies to:Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
Sysmptom:program window crashes, Windows runs slow and reacts gradually to the keyboard and mouse inputs.Possible Solution:Restart QuickBooks File Copy Service Manually, Update Payroll Tax Table

What is File Copy Service?

Intuit.QuickBooks.FCS.exe file is generally known as QuickBooks File Copy service its main function is to initiate and execute the update for QuickBooks. This exe file runs in the background once updates are complete from Intuit QuickBooks servers.

If we disable the QuickBooks file service then it is difficult to execute the update for QuickBooks and also QuickBooks Payroll.

How to Recognize QuickBooks error 15241

You can easily recognize QuickBooks error 15241 by mentioned signs and symptoms

  • Due to this error you will get an error message “Error 15241: The payroll update did not complete successfully. QuickBooks Desktop File Copy Service (FCS) is disabled.
  • Due to this error system crashed itself.
  • Windows run very slowly and it won’t respond to the mouse and keyboard.

If your system respond sluggishly and PC is freezes then your QuickBooks encountered with error 15241.

What Causes of QuickBooks Error 15241

QuickBooks Error 15241 appears when ‘The QuickBooks FCS service is disabled, damaged or corrupted’ and the QuickBooks update did not complete successfully. There might be some other causes of Quickbooks Error 15241 such as lined up below:

  • File Copy Service(FCS)  is disabled
  • File Copy Service (FCS) is damaged or corrupted
  • Incorrect system configuration and settings
  • The downloaded payroll update gets corrupted somehow.
  • Incomplete installation of QuickBooks.
  • Due to antivirus, anti spyware and malware.
  • System may encounter this error due to improper system shutdown 
  • Some important files are deleted.
  • System crashes itself.

Symptoms of QuickBooks Error 15241

  • QuickBooks Payroll Error 15241 appears and the program window crashes.
  • Windows runs slow and reacts gradually to the keyboard and mouse inputs.
  • The user will get an update notification in payroll QuickBooks
  • unfit to install the payroll update.

2 Most Popular Ways Resolve QuickBooks Error 15241


Quickbooks error 15241 can be fixed by restarting “Intuit.QuickBooks.FCS.exe file” services manually or by updating payroll tax table easily. Both of the methods described in detail below:

Method One: Restart QuickBooks File Copy Service manually

Restarting Quickbooks file copy service (Intuit.QuickBooks.FCS.exe file) manually is one of the most popular way to fix the Quickbooks error 15241, follow the steps mentioned below according to windows you’re using:

For Windows 7 & Windows Vista

  • Close the QuickBooks Desktop software.
  • For opening the Manage window in your system the options may vary according to the different Windows OS that is:-
  • For Windows 7, Windows Vista and below:-
    • Click on the Start menu button
    • Then locate the My Computer option
    • Right-click through the mouse on the My Computer option
    • Now select the Manage option
  • In the new screen named “Computer Management”, click the Services and Applications option available at the left side bottom.
  • Now you will see the Services option on the right side of the Services and Applications window. Double click your mouse on it.
  • You will get the list of Services
  • Now locate and highlight the Intuit QuickBooks FCS option and again double click on it.
  • Now click on the General tab and then further on the Startup Type option’s drop-down arrow and then on the Manual tab.
  • Now click on the Apply button.
  • Select the Start option and then OK.
  • Now open QuickBooks Desktop software.
  • Again download the updates released for the version.
  • Finally,  update payroll tax tables.

For Windows 10 & Windows 8

  • Close the QuickBooks Desktop software.
  • For opening the Manage window in your system the options may vary according to the different Windows OS that is:-
  • For Windows 8 and Windows 10
    • You can see the search field to the very right side of the Start menu button
    • In that, search for the This PC and then right-click on it
    • From further options click on the Manage option
    • OR
    • Open the File Explorer
    • Then on the left side of File Explorer, you can see the option of This PC
    • Right-click on it and from options, click on Manage option in it
    • The Window of Manage opens up with the name of Computer Management
  • In the new screen named “Computer Management”, click the Services and Applications option available at the left side bottom.
  • Now you will see the Services option on the right side of the Services and Applications window. Double click your mouse on it.
  • You will get the list of Services
  • Now locate and highlight the Intuit QuickBooks FCS option and again double click on it.
  • Now click on the General tab and then further on the Startup Type option’s drop-down arrow and then on the Manual tab.
  • Now click on the Apply button.
  • Select the Start option and then OK.
  • Now open QuickBooks Desktop software.
  • Again download the updates released for the version.
  • Finally,  update payroll tax tables.

For Windows XP Operating Software

To resolve Quickbooks update Error 15241 on windows XP operating software, you need to follow mentioned below steps:

Total Time: 4 minutes

  1. Step One

    First close the QuickBooks Desktop software.

  2. Step Two

    Go to Desktop, then right click mouse on My Computers and further choose Manage option, which will open Computer Management screen.

  3. Step Three
    Computer-Management-Screen-Screenshot-quickbooks-error-15241

    In the new screen look for Services and Applications and then click on it. In this screen go to Services option and open it by clicking on it.

  4. Step Four
    Computer Management Screen Screenshot 2 error 15241 quickbooks

    In the Services Window go down the screen and look for Intuit QuickBooks FCS service and double click on it. This will result in opening of Intuit QuickBooks FCS Properties window.

  5. Step Five
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    In this new window opt for General tab, select drop down arrow of Startup Type option and then click on Manual option.

  6. Step Six

    Now click on OK button.

  7. Step Seven

    Restart your QuickBooks Desktop software and download the version updates released for your QuickBooks software.

  8. Step Eight

    Now you can easily update the payroll tax tables.

Method Two: Update Payroll Tax Table

Updating Payroll Tax Table can easily fix the Error 15241, if you’re looking to update the payroll tax table first you need to download the payroll tax table update then follow the mentioned below steps;

  • Open the QuickBooks application and go to the Employees menu
  • After clicking on the employees menu you need to click on the Get payroll updates option
  • Now, you will see a new window named “ Get Payroll Updates”
  • Check the option  “Download entire payroll update”
  • After that click “ update”
  • Once the above steps are done, the download window will show on the screen and the payroll tax table will be updated.

This should resolve the QuickBooks error 15241 of your QuickBooks Desktop software without much hassle.

FAQs

  1. Are there any symptoms for the QuickBooks error code 15241?

    Yes, the symptoms are as follows:-

    💠If you are not able to install the update of the QuickBooks Desktop Payroll
    💠In the QuickBooks Desktop Payroll, you will receive the notification of the Update.

  2. Are there different steps for all the Windows operating systems?

    Yes, there are different steps for each operating system and you have to follow the procedure to resolve the issue.

  3. Is the tax table important to update in the QuickBooks Payroll?

    The Payroll Tax Table is important to get the update to the latest release as it includes all the tax-related information that helps you in preparing your accounting report. So to run QuickBooks desktop Payroll without any problem then you must update the software and the tax table both.

  4. How to update your QB Desktop to the latest release

    Launch QB Desktop

    💠Press the key F2 or ctrl+1 to open the window of Product Information.
    💠Check the latest version

  5. How to set up for Automatic update

    💠Go to the Help and select the option Update QuickBooks Desktop.
    💠Now go to the option tab.
    💠Click on Yes to turn on automatic updates
    💠Click on Close

    Now your QuickBooks will automatically download updates when available.

  6. How to Setup for Manual update

    💠Close QB company file and QuickBooks
    💠Now starts window
    💠Search QuickBooks Desktop
    💠Right click on the icon of QuickBooks desktop and select Run as administrator
    💠Now go to the Options tab. Select All and select Save.
    💠Go to the tab Update Now and check the checkbox Reset update
    💠Update your QuickBooks when you need.


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