Top 6 Methods to Resolve QuickBooks Payroll Won't Update Error

on December 14 at 12:13 PM

QuickBooks is among the best bookkeeping programs. Incorporating this program into the accounting process has resulted in significant advancements. Businesses have gained a lot from this software because it has done some of the most vital functions, like accounting, payroll, bookkeeping, and tax filing. Unfortunately, the QuickBooks Payroll Won’t Update error is one of the most tedious issues. 

This typically occurs when there are no active payroll participants. Understanding what went wrong is essential for finding a workaround to this problem. This blog will discuss the very causes and methods to resolve the error. 

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Causes of QuickBooks Payroll Update Error

The most frequent causes through which the application can run into QuickBooks payroll won’t update. These are critically discussed below. If you cannot locate your activation mechanism here, do not worry. 

  • The company file is damaged. This is the primary reason for this error. 
  • Intuit QuickBooks Desktop cannot update to the most recent version if the user runs a highly outdated software version. 
  • QuickBooks payroll updates may fail if incorrect or invalid data is entered into the paycheck. 
  • Using an invalid service key can cause this error to occur. 
  • The provided EIN may be incorrect. 
  • An inactive payroll subscription can also cause an error.


Methods to Resolve QuickBooks Payroll Won’t Update Error

Methods 1: Download and Install Updates in Safe Mode

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  1. Close all operations and shut down the system
  2. Start the system in “Safe Mode.” Do this by continuously hitting F8, which will show “Advanced Boot Options.”
  3. Now, install the QB application update.
  4. Once installed, reboot the system in “Normal Mode.”
  5. Now, again download the QB application updates.


Method 2: Verify the Default Browser Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer and navigate toward “Tool.” You can locate it by three dots on the right side.
  2. Go to “Internet Options” and choose the “Advanced” option.
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3. Now, select the “Restore Defaults” or “Reset” tab.
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4. Click on the “Apply” button once you complete the process.
5. Now, click “OK” and close the window.


Method 3: Modify QuickBooks Desktop 

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  1. Locate “Control Panel” and go to the “Programs and Features” tab
  2. Here, a program list will appear; select “QuickBooks.”
  3. Right-click on it and choose the “Uninstall/Change” tab
  4. On the next screen, select “Repair.
  5. This will repair the program


Method 4: Digital Signature Certificate

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  1. Start this method by launching C Drive and going to “Program Files/Intuit” in the default browser.
  2. From the list, select “QuickBooks.”
  3. Now, right-click on “QBW32.exe” and go to “Properties.” 
  4. Locate the “Digital Signature” option and ensure Intuit is chosen in the list that appeared on the screen.
  5. Go to the “Details” tab and select the “View Certificate” tab.
  6. Then, download the certificate from the “Install Certificate” tab.
  7. Continue to hit “Next” until the final page of the windows popup doesn’t appear
  8. Once done, click “Finish.”
  9. Reboot your system and check if the error is resolved


Method 5: Manually Resolve the Error

  1. Initiate your process by going to “Update the Payroll Tax Table”.
  2. First, navigate toward the “Employee” menu and choose “Get Payroll Update.”
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  1. The next screen will show you the link to install the complete payroll update
  2. Choose the “Update” tab.
  3. Once the download is complete, a message stating it will appear on it, choose the “OK” option to read.
  4. Check if the QuickBooks payroll won’t update error is resolved. If not, rename the folder by right-clicking on it and adding.OLD at the end of the file name
  5. Once you do the process, update the QB application again.
  6. However, if it does not work, then keep the User Account Control (UAC) on.

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Method 6: Ensure the Time and Date of the System are Correct

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  1. Validate the time and date of the system from the bottom right corner 
  2. If correct, then don’t worry. However, if not, then right-click on it and select “Adjust Time/Date.”
  3. Change the date and time accordingly and select the “Adjust Time Zone” tab
  4. Once done, proceed with clicking “OK.
  5. Now, launch the QB application and check if the problem persists


There are several reasons why QuickBooks Payroll won’t update errors. To our knowledge, the error should now be resolved on your system following the above-discussed methods. However, if this issue continues, feel free to contact our QuickBooks support team. Then will fix the issue.

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