Know the System requirements for QuickBooks Desktop

Want to know the QuickBooks Desktop System Requirements? 

Here is the ultimate guide to experience the best performance of the QuickBooks desktop. Users can easily browse through and find the ideal requirements for their operating system, hardware, and software specifications to run the software.

Still, first you need to check your  system specifications, for this:

How to Find out the Windows version installed on your device?

  • Press Windows logo key and R key simultaneously. 
  • In the Run application, type the following command: winver
  • Click the OK button to get the information.

How to find out extra information about your Windows desktop?

  • Select the Start button in the bottom left of the screen.
  • Next, click on the Settings option.
  • Select the System option from the Settings window.
  • Go to the About section to view the system information for the computer. 

Inside the About settings window, you can check the following information:

1. To check the ‘bit’ version on your Windows desktop:

Step 1. First, click on the Device specifications option on the screen.

Step 2. Next, you would need to click on the System type option.

Step 3. After this, you would be able to check if your computer is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows.

2. To check the edition and version information:

Step 1. From the About settings, click the Windows specifications option.

Step 2. Now you can check information about the edition and the version of Windows that your device is currently running.

System Requirements for QuickBooks Desktop (Pro or Premier 2019)

1. Operating Systems

Here is a list of QuickBooks Desktop requirements for operating systems that are compatible with software:

  • Windows 10, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows 8.1 (Update 1), all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2011, Standard and Essentials

Please note: It is advised to use QuickBooks software on a native Windows operating system. Windows operating systems on an emulator or a virtual environment on a desktop will not work with the QuickBooks desktop software. Following are the QuickBooks system requirements for Database servers.

2. Database Servers

   Windows (natively installed)
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2011
    Note: Windows Small Business Server 2011 is not compatible with QuickBooks Desktop.
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1 (Update 1)
Linux (when using QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Database Server-only installation)
  • OpenSuse 42.3
  • Fedora 27
  • Red Hat Enterprise 7 (RHEL 7.4)

3. Browse Requirements

Here is the QuickBooks Desktop requirements for browsers that are compatible with QuickBooks desktop software:

  • Internet Explorer 11 (32-bit)
  • Hardware and Operating system requirements (client and server)
Processor 2.4 GHz minimum
RAM 4GB memory minimum (8GB memory recommended)

Server Requirements for RAM

  • 1-5 Users: 8GB RAM
  • 10 Users: 12GB RAM
  • 15 Users: 16GB RAM
  • 20 Users: 20+GB RAM
Disk space
  • Minimum 2.5GB of disk space for installation.
  • Additional space for data files.
  • Additional space requirements for software: 60MB for Microsoft .NET 4.6 Runtime, provided on the QuickBooks CD.
  • For Intuit Data Protect in QuickBooks Connected Services offerings
    1. Minimum of 4.0GB RAM
    2. Twice the size of the largest file set to back up + 100MB or twice the size to restore.
    3. The space is only required from the work folder LocalApplicationData+”Intuit\Intuit Data Protect”.
    4. Note: For the best performance, store your QuickBooks data file on a solid-state drive (SSD).
  • Regional settings are supported when set to English.
  • Administrator rights required for 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 optimised for 1280 x 1024 screen resolution or higher with up to 2 extended monitors.
  • Best optimised for Default DPI setting for a given computer.

Note: QuickBooks requires an internet connection to operate.

4. Software compatibility

Here is a list of the most common applications that are used with the QuickBooks Desktop software.

If you wish to find more applications that are supported by the QuickBooks Desktop Software, please visit the Intuit App Store.

Please note: Installation of additional random access memory or RAM can enhance the use of these features.

  • Microsoft Office 2016, 2010, 2013 and 365 (including Outlook 2010, 2016, and Outlook 2013) both on 32 and 64-bit. Web version is not supported.
  • Email estimates, invoices, and other forms with Microsoft Outlook 2010-2016, Microsoft Outlook with Office 365, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and, other SMTP-supporting email clients.
  • Preparing letters: Microsoft Word 2016, 2013, or 2010 or Office 365 (includes 64-bit).
  • Exporting reports: Microsoft Excel 2016, 2013, or 2010 or Office 365 (includes 64-bit).
  • Contact Synchronisation: Outlook 2010 (32-bit).
  • Synchronization with Outlook: 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. Syncing could cause duplicate records.
  • QuickBooks Point of Sale V18.0
  • TurboTax 2018 (Personal and Business)
  • Lacerte 2018 and 2017
  • Pro-Series tax years 2017 and 2016
  • Quicken 2018, 2017, 2016
  • 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). DSL or cable modem is recommended.
  • Gmail, Yahoo Email, Windows Mail, Hotmail and AOL (i.e Mozilla Thunderbird Email Client which supports plain text version)
  • Internet Explorer 11

5. Firewall and Antivirus Software

  • Windows Server Firewall (all editions)
  • Windows 8.1 Firewall (all editions)
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Avast
  • AVG
  • NortonLifeLock (formerly Symantec)
  • ESET
  • Avira
  • Kaspersky
  • McAfee
  • Bitdefender
  • Malwarebytes

Please note:

QuickBooks is capable of working with all systems that run a RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks). However, the use of QuickBooks with RAID systems is not recommended. RAID systems are known to cause QuickBooks to operate slowly on a system and are likely to reduce the performance of the software.


  • In case the QuickBooks system requirements that are mentioned above do not specifically state that an operating system, hardware, software, firewall, or antivirus program, is supported, it is hereby informed that the particular system has not been tested. Therefore, Intuit does not promise that the working experience on untested systems will be without issues.
  • In the event that users experience some sort of problem outside of the environment supported by QuickBooks, the technical support provided for QuickBooks will be limited to standard troubleshooting. If unresolved, the program should be returned to a supported environment for additional support.
  • If Microsoft ends its support of the aforementioned products, Intuit shall end any such support provided as well. 





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