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System requirements for QuickBooks Desktop 2018 and Enterprise Solutions 18.0

Find out the system requirements for QuickBooks Desktop for Windows.

Before you install QuickBooks, make sure that you have the required operating system, hardware, and software to get the best experience.

  • Windows 10, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed1
  • Windows 8.1 (Update 1) all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows 7 SP1 all editions including 64-bit, natively installed (only supported until January 2020)
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (only supported until January 2020)

1Natively installed means it was installed on a particular system or environment that it was designed for. This also means that it doesn't need to run in a virtual environment or emulation software.

  • Windows: Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2011 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 10, Windows 8.1 (update 1) or Windows 7 SP1 (Enterprise and Professional editions only), natively installed.
  • Linux: When using QBES Database Server-only installation – OpenSuse 42.2, Fedora 25, Red Hat 7 (Update 3)

Internet Explorer 11 (32-bit)

Processor 2.4 GHz minimum
RAM 4GB minimum, 8GB Recommended

Server RAM Requirements

  • 1-5 Users: 8GB RAM
  • 10 Users: 12GB RAM
  • 15 Users: 16GB RAM
  • 20 Users: 20+GB RAM
Disk space
  • 2.5GB of disk space (additional required for data files)
  • Additional software: 60MB for Microsoft .NET 4.6 Runtime, provided on the QuickBooks CD
  • Additional requirements for Intuit Data Protect in QuickBooks Connected Services offerings (applies to US only)
    • Require 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: If you store a large company file on an SSD card, it will speed up performance.

Windows
  • US version of Windows
  • Regional settings are supported when set to English
  • Administrator rights required for the server computer when hosting Multi-User access
  • Natively installed - means it was installed on a particular system or environment that it was designed for. This also means it doesn't need to run in a virtual environment or emulation software.
Optical Drive 4X DVD-ROM drive required for CD installations (unless QuickBooks is downloaded from Intuit server)
Screen Resolution
  • Display optimized for 1280 x 1024 screen resolution or higher with up to 2 Extended monitors
  • Best optimized for Default DPI setting for a given computer.

Note: Internet access is required

You can integrate QuickBooks with hundreds of other apps. Here’s a list of the most common apps you can use. To find more, go to the Intuit App Store.

  • Microsoft Office:
    • Office 2016 (including Outlook 2016) both on 32 and 64-bit
    • Office 2010 and Office 2013 and 365 (including Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013) both on 32 and 64 bit.

      Note: We don’t support the web version of Office 365

    • Email Estimates, Invoices and other forms with Microsoft Outlook 2010-2016, Microsoft Outlook with Office 365, GMail, Yahoo! Mail and Outlook.com, other SMTP-supporting e-mail clients
    • Preparing letters requires Microsoft Word 2016, 2013, or 2010 or Office 365 (includes 64-bit)
    • Exporting reports requires Microsoft Excel 2016, 2013, or 2010 or Office 365 (includes 64-bit)
    • Contact Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook requires Outlook 2010 (32-bit)
    • Synchronization with Outlook requires QuickBooks Contact Sync for Outlook (the download is available at no charge). Contact Sync does not work with the Microsoft Business Contact Manager Outlook plug-in. If a sync is performed, duplicate records could result
  • QuickBooks Point of Sale V12.0, V11.0, V10.0
  • Lacerte 2016 and 2015
  • Pro-Series tax years 2016 and 2015
  • TurboTax 2016 and 2015 (Personal and Business)
  • Quicken 2017, 2016, 2015
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader: Business Planner, Payroll and viewing forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or later.
  • Payroll and other online features and services requires Internet access with at least a 56 Kbps connection speed, 1Mbps recommended. (DSL or cable modem recommended).
  • Gmail, Yahoo Email, Windows Mail, Hotmail and AOL (i.e Mozilla Thunderbird Email Client*)Note: *Supports plain text version in Mozilla.
  • Internet Explorer 11

We tested QuickBooks Pro/Premier 2017 and Enterprise 17.0 with the following firewall and antivirus products. In some cases, it may be necessary to adjust settings in these products to ensure the best possible performance with QuickBooks.

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

  • Windows Server Firewall (all editions)
  • Windows 8.1 Firewall (all editions)
  • Windows 7 Firewall (all editions)
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Avast
  • AVG
  • Symantec
  • ESET
  • Avira
  • Kaspersky
  • McAfee
  • Bitdefender
  • Malwarebytes
Important:
  • If the product requirements don’t state that an operating system, hardware, software, firewall or antivirus is supported, it was not tested yet. Intuit cannot promise that your experience will be trouble-free.
  • If you experience problems outside of the supported environment, technical support will be limited to standard troubleshooting.
  • If unresolved, the program should be returned to a supported environment for additional support.
  • If Microsoft no longer support the aforementioned products, then neither shall Intuit.

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