QuickBooks payroll error 30159 occurs when program is being installed, while QuickBooks is running, when Windows has started or shut down, or during installation of Windows.
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When the QuickBooks Payroll Error 30159 Occurs
- The program window that’s active crashes
- The computer crashes frequently
- The error itself is displayed
- Windows slows down
- The computer freezes regularly
Causes of QuickBooks Payroll Error 30159
- The QuickBooks download was corrupted, or the installation wasn’t completed
- The Windows registry is corrupted
- Windows or QuickBooks program files have been infected with virus
- QuickBooks files have been deleted by another program
Steps for fix QuickBooks Payroll error 30159
1: Repairing Registry Entries Related to the Error
- For manually repairing the Windows registry, a backup must be created first by exporting the part of the registry connected to the error.
- After selecting the Start button, users must type “command” in the search section and then while pressing down Ctrl + Shift, should press Enter. This will open up the permission dialog box. Users should then choose Yes.
- Then, in the black box/screen that appears, type “regedit” and press Enter.
- Next, in the Registry Editor, choose the 30159-related key (such as QuickBooks) that has to be backed up. Then, select Export in the File menu.
- Then, from the Save In list, choose the folder where the QuickBooks backup key must be saved.
- Next, type a name for the backup file in the File Name box and then in the Export Range box, choose Selected Branch and then select save.
- The file will be saved with a .reg extension.
For further steps on manually editing the registry, please contact our AccountingHub QuickBooks Tech Support Team.
2: Scanning the Computer for Malware
If some malware has infected the computer, then too the error might occur. The malware could damage or delete runtime error-related files. It’s also possible that the error could be due to a component of the malware itself.
3: Removing Temp Files and Folders with Disk Cleanup
NOTE: If temporary files and folders aren’t cleared periodically QuickBooks might slow down, apart from causing the QuickBooks 30159 error. This might be due to file conflicts or a hard drive that’s overloaded.
But the Disk Cleanup tool doesn’t clean up all the temporary files. Other frequently-used programs, such as MS Office, Chrome or Firefox and other programs aren’t cleaned up by the tool.
Running Disk Cleanup on Windows Vista, XP, 7 , 8 and 10
- After hitting the Start button type “command” and then hold down Ctrl + Shift and press Enter. When the permission dialog box appears, choose Yes. This will open a black screen/box, where users must type in “cleanmgr” and press Enter.
- Disk Cleanup will then estimate the amount of disk space that can be freed up. The Disk Cleanup dialog box will appear and it will have some check boxes that must be ticked by the users. Generally, the “Temporary Files” will fill up most of the disk space.
- After selecting the box categories that need to be cleaned up choose OK.
4: Using Windows System Restore for undoing Recent Changes
- Windows System Restore restores the computer’s files and programs to a period when there were no errors. This can help quicken the troubleshooting process for error 30159.
- After pressing the Start button, type “System Restore” and press Enter. Then, choose System Restore from the results and if there’s a prompt provide admin password. Next, follow the instructions in the Wizard for selecting a restore point.
5: Uninstalling and Reinstalling QuickBooks Program Related to Error 30159
For Windows Vista and 7
- Select the Start button for opening Programs And Features and then choose Control Panel, followed by Programs and then, Programs and Features.
- Then, under the Name button, find the QuickBooks Payroll error 30159-related program and select the QuickBooks-related entry. Then, choose the Uninstall button and follow the instructions on the screen for uninstalling the program related to the error.
For Windows 8
- Click the Windows icon on the bottom left of the screen for displaying the Start menu and right-click for opening the Start Context menu. Then, choose Programs And Features and find the QuickBooks error Payroll 30159 – related program under the Name column.
- Then, select the QuickBooks-related entry and then choose Uninstall/Change from the menu at the top.
- Now, follow the instructions on the screen for uninstalling the error 30159-related program. After this is done, reinstall the program.
6: Running Windows System File Checker
Running System File Checker on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10
- Press the Start button and then type “command” and while pressing down Ctrl + Shift press Enter.
- When the permission dialog box appears, choose Yes. A black screen/box will then appear. Type “sfc/scannow” and then press Enter.
- The System File Checker will then scan for the error and any other system file error. Once, this is done, users must follow the instructions on the screen.
7: Installing Windows Updates
Checking and installing updates on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10
Press the Start button and type “update” and press Enter. This will open the Windows Update dialog box. If there are any updates, select the Install Updates button.
8: Performing Clean Installation of Windows
Before the installation, all important data must be backed up. All data in the hard drive will be erased when Windows is reinstalled, thus refreshing the system. It will also remove all junk that has collected during daily usage of the computer.
If the error is still not fixed, after the clean install, the run-time errors must be due to some hardware problem. In such a case, the related hardware will have to be removed.