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System requirements for QuickBooks Desktop 2023

by Intuit Updated 2 weeks ago

Find out what your computer needs for the best experience in QuickBooks Desktop 2023.

Here’s helpful info about the operating system, hardware, software, and other requirements to run QuickBooks Desktop 2023.

QuickBooks Pro or Premier 2023 and Enterprise 23.0

Note: Need to check your computer's specs? Here's how to get your system info for Windows.

Are you using Windows 8.1?

Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 8.1 after Jan 10, 2023. For this reason, QuickBooks 2023 won't support Windows 8.1 and can’t be installed on it.

Are you using Windows Server 2012?

Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows Standard and Essentials Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 after Oct 10, 2023. For this reason, QuickBooks 2023 won't support Windows Server 2012 and can’t be installed on it.

Check out  QuickBooks Desktop no longer supports Windows 8.1 to learn more.

  • Windows 11, 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows 10, all 64-bit editions, natively installed
  • Windows Server 2022, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2019, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2016, Standard and Essentials

Note: QuickBooks requires you to use Windows natively and not through an emulator or virtual environment.

Windows (natively installed)

  • Windows Server 2022, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2019, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2016, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012, Standard and Essentials

Note: Linux and Windows 10 S Mode not supported.

QuickBooks Desktop 2023 requires an internet connection at least once every 14 days. This lets QuickBooks Pro Plus, Premier Plus, Premier Accountant or Enterprise subscriptions sync license information. QuickBooks will use your default browser.

QuickBooks Desktop 2023 requires a 64-bit Windows operating system and won’t run on 32-bit. Find out how to check if you have 64-bit.

Processor2.4 GHz minimum
RAM (workstation)8 GB minimum, 16 GB recommended
RAM (server)• 1-5 Users: 8 GB
• 10 Users: 12 GB
• 15 Users: 16 GB
• 20+ users: 20+ GB
Disk Space• 2.5GB of disk space (additional required for data files). Additional software: 60MB for Microsoft .NET 4.8 Runtime, provided with the installation files.
• Additional requirements for Intuit Data Protect in QuickBooks Connected Services offerings:
• Requires minimum 4.0GB RAM
• Twice the size of the largest file set to back up + 100MB or twice the size to restore. The space is only required from the work folder LocalApplicationData+"Intuit\Intuit Data Protect".
Note: For the best performance, store your QuickBooks data file on a solid-state drive (SSD).
Windows• North American version of Windows.
• Regional settings are supported when set to English.
• Administrator rights are required for the server computer when hosting multi-user access.
• Natively installed and doesn't need to run in a virtual environment or emulation software.
Optical driveA 4X DVD-ROM drive is required for physical CD installations.
Screen resolution• Display optimized for 1280 x 1024 resolution or higher with up to 2 extended monitors.
• Best optimized for Default DPI setting for a given computer.

Other hardware devices

If you use the Warehouse Manager in QuickBooks Desktop mobile, here's the supported devices you can use:

  • Zebra TC20/TC25/TC51 Mobile Computer is recommended (Android 4.4 & above)
  • Zebra MC40 Mobile Computer (Android 4.4 & above)

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 23.0 also supports:

  • Honeywell Voyager 1602g Pocket Barcode Scanner
  • Socket Mobile CHS 7CI
  • Symbol CS3070

QuickBooks integrates with hundreds of other apps. Here’s a list of the most common apps you can use. You can also find more at the Intuit App Store.

Note: Additional RAM can enhance the use of these features.

  • Microsoft Office:
    • Office 2021
    • Office 2019
    • Office 2016 (including Outlook 2016) both on 32 and 64-bit
    • Office 2013 and 365 (including Outlook 2013) both on 32 and 64-bit. Note: Microsoft 365 is only supported when it's locally installed, not the web version.
    • Email estimates, invoices, and other forms with Microsoft Outlook 2016-2021, Microsoft Outlook with Microsoft 365, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, and other SMTP-supporting email clients.
    • Preparing letters requires Microsoft Word 2021, 2019, 2016, 2013, or Microsoft 365 (includes 64-bit).
    • Exporting reports requires Microsoft Excel 2021, 2019, 2016, 2013, or Microsoft 365 (includes 64-bit).
    • Contact Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook requires Outlook 2021, 2019  (32 and 64-bit), 2016, or 2013.
  • TurboTax 2022 (Personal and Business)
  • Lacerte 2022
  • Pro-Series tax year 2022
  • Quicken 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016
  • QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 2023, 2022, and 2021
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader: Business Planner, Payroll, and viewing forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or later.
  • Payroll and other online features and services require Internet access with at least a 56 Kbps connection speed (1 Mbps recommended).
  • Internet Explorer 11

We tested QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2023, Premier 2023, and Enterprise 23.0 with the following antimalware and antivirus programs.

You may need to adjust some settings in these programs to get the best QuickBooks performance.

Antivirus software

  • McAfee
  • Avast
  • Bitdefender
  • Norton
  • Kaspersky
  • Trend Micro Security
  • Webroot
  • Cylance (Internet/Regression Only)
  • ESET
  • Panda Dome
  • Sophos
  • Avira
  • Symantec
  • F-Secure

Anti-malware software

  • Bitdefender
  • AVG
  • Malwarebytes
  • Spybot
  • Emsisoft
  • McAfee
  • Avast
  • Webroot
  • ZoneAlarm
  • Kaspersky
  • F-Secure

Note: QuickBooks will work with systems running Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) but it’s not recommended because it may cause QuickBooks to operate slowly.

QuickBooks Desktop 2023 requires internet security protocol TLS 1.2 for the connected services to work smoothly.

QuickBooks Mac Plus 2023

  • An operating system of at least Mac OS X v12.0 (Monterey).
  • iOS 12.0 or later for iPhone related features.
  • Supports either Intel or Apple CPU hardware.
  • Internet connection required.
  • Export report data - Apple Numbers v11.0 or later, or Microsoft Excel 2016 or later, including Microsoft 365
  • E-mail as PDF - Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook 2016 or later, including Microsoft 365.
  • File conversion - QuickBooks Mac 2023 supports:
    • One-way conversion to QuickBooks Online
    • One-way conversion from QuickBooks Desktop for Windows 2021 and 2022.
    • Conversion to and from QuickBooks for Windows 2023.

What do I do if my system doesn't meet the minimum requirements?

You might find your systems don't meet some or all of the minimum requirements to run QuickBooks Desktop. Usually you can upgrade your system to meet all the requirements. If upgrading your system isn't an option for you, consider moving to QuickBooks Online. Check out Move to QuickBooks Online to learn more.

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