What is QuickBooks Error 15241 & How to fix it?

QuickBooks Error 15241

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.

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.

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

Reason of QuickBooks Error 15241

It is better to explore the reason for the error. It will help in the prevention of error. As we know this error is occurring due to disabled File copy service (FCS), but we explore all the possible causes of QuickBooks error 15241.

  • 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.

Easy Steps to Resolve QuickBooks Error 15241

1. For Users having Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista:

  • Close the QuickBooks Desktop software.
  • Go to taskbar, select Windows Start button, right click mouse on Computer option and then click on Manage.
  • Windows 10 Operating System – Go to Search tab on the taskbar and look for Computer on it. Then right click mouse on the This PC option and select Manage tab.
  • In the new screen, on the left side select Services and Applications option.
  • Now you will see Services option on the right side of Services and Applications window. Double click your mouse on it.
  • Now highlight Intuit QuickBooks FCS option and again double click on it.
  • Now click on the General tab and then further on Startup Type option’s drop down arrow and then on Manual tab.
  • Now click on Apply button.
  • Select Start option and then OK.
  • Now open QuickBooks Desktop software.
  • Again download the updates released for the version.
  • Then update payroll tax tables.

2. For Windows XP Operating Software:

  • First close the QuickBooks Desktop software.
  • Go to Desktop, then right click mouse on My Computers and further choose Manage option, which will open Computer Management screen.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In this new window opt for General tab, select drop down arrow of Startup Type option and then click on Manual option.
  • Now click on OK button.
  • Restart your QuickBooks Desktop software and download the version updates released for your QuickBooks software.
  • Now you can easily update the payroll tax tables.

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

However, if you are still facing the same issue, you should immediately get in touch with the Intuit or QuickBooks Payroll support for instant gratification. Another alternative, in case you are unable to get in touch with the experts due to long queue, is QBPayrollHelp through their ever responsive toll free number 📞+1-844-827-3817.


  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.