Practical approach to counter QuickBooks error 15276

Practical approach to counter QuickBooks error 15276
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QuickBooks payroll is a prominent service offered for employers in small organizations. This service simplifies the tax calculation process and helps users in managing the data of the employees working in the organization. Unfortunately, the software can sometimes lead users to tricky situations due to internal issues. QuickBooks error 15276 stops the software from downloading the payroll updates. On the off chance you experience this on your QuickBooks, go through this entire blog to determine the causes of the issue and the steps to resolve it.

Let a QB support team assist you in resolving the issue by giving them a call at +1-855-948-3646.


You’ll not be able to update your QuickBooks payroll after this error emerges due to the following reasons-

  1. The File Copy Service is disabled by the user, or it has stopped working.
  2. QuickBooks gets blocked by other applications on the computer or fails to access the location of the update file.
  3. An essential file is missing from the payroll update package.

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The following methods will help you prevent the development of this error during payroll updates in QuickBooks-

Solution 1- Enable FCS service in your Windows

Windows uses the File Copy Service (FCS) to transfer files and directories in the system. This service quickly transfers the files, which helps to increase the execution speed of tasks in PC applications. QuickBooks also utilizes the service to move its files during an update. This error code appears when the File Copy Service is disabled by the user, or it stops in the background. You need to enable the File Copy service to ensure the payroll update doesn’t get blocked again-

  1. Click Quit QuickBooks to stop it from running on your computer.
  2. Type ‘computer’ on the search panel and right-click the “My computer” or “This PC” icon.
  3. Select Manage and tap the Services &Applications option in the left side menu.
  4. Select the Services option and double-click Intuit QuickBooks FCS in the list.
  5. Navigate to the General tab and click on the Startup type arrow.
  6. Click Manual and select Apply.
  7. Tap Start and click Ok to save the settings.
  8. Run QuickBooks and update the payroll again.

Try the next solution if the payroll update stops again due to the error.

Solution 2- Run QuickBooks in Administrator mode.

QuickBooks can also develop this error when it fails to access the update file’s location or other required files during the update. It is also possible that the QB background processes get interrupted by other programs, which causes a malfunction in the software. You can use QuickBooks in Admin mode to prevent these issues from blocking the payroll updates. Use the steps given below-

  1. Type ‘QuickBooks’ in the search panel and go to the folder location.
  2. Right-click on the program launch icon and click Properties.
  3. Mark the Run this program as Administrator checkbox under the Compatibility tab.
  4. Save the settings and download payroll updates in QuickBooks again.

The payroll update will not get interrupted by the error after using these methods.


This blog provides in-depth knowledge of QuickBooks error 15276 during the payroll update. You learned about the reasons and approaches to resolving it. We assume you applied the methods, and the error is now gone from your QuickBooks. If you still face trouble due to the error, consult a QB expert at +1-855-948-3646.

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