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QuickBooks System Requirements

System Requirements Needed under QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Enterprise, and MAC Desktop Version

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System Requirements For QuickBooks Desktop

QuickBooks Desktop software is as prone to errors as any other software when the system requirements of the software do not meet that of the computer system. For the codes, on which the software is based, do not get the support from the desktop which is required to function properly, users end up facing issues for which they promptly call up the QuickBooks Customer Support Number which is generally handled by proficient technicians who are intensively trained and extensively knowledgeable about all things QuickBooks.

To avoid basic errors caused due to mismatch of system requirements between the software and the computer system, the user needs to be well aware of the same. Here we have briefed different parts of System requirements needed under all three Pro, Premier, and Enterprise versions.

System Requirements For QuickBooks Pro or Premier 2023 and Enterprise 23.0

Here are useful details of system requirements for QuickBooks Desktop 2023 Pro, Premier, and Enterprise including operating system, hardware, software, Browser, Database Server, and other requirements.

Supported Operating System:

If you are you using Windows 8.1?

Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for Windows 8.1 after January 10, 2023. To protect their customers’ data, Intuit, the developer of QuickBooks, will not support QuickBooks 2023 on Windows 8.1.

In case you are using Windows 8.1 and want to install QuickBooks Desktop 2023, you will require to upgrade your operating system to a newer version Windows 10 or Windows 11. You can check the system requirements for QuickBooks Desktop 2023 Pro Premiere, Enterprise, and Mac below.

In case you are not able to upgrade your operating system, you can continue to use QuickBooks Desktop 2022 on Windows 8.1. However, you will be unable to receive any security updates or support for QuickBooks Desktop2022 after January 10, 2023.

  • 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
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012, Standard and Essentials

Note: QuickBooks Desktop needs you to use Windows natively, which means it cannot be installed or run on an emulator or virtual environment.

Supported Database Servers:

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

For Linux System

Note: Linux and Windows 10 S Mode are not supported.

Browser Requirement

QuickBooks Desktop 2023 must be connected to the internet at least once every 14 days to sync license information for subscriptions to QuickBooks Desktop Pro Plus, Premier Plus, Premier Accountant, or Enterprise. QuickBooks will use your default browser to connect to the internet.

Here is a more detailed explanation of the requirements:

  • QuickBooks Desktop 2023 must be connected to the internet at least once every 14 days. This is to confirm that your subscription is active and that you have the latest security updates.
  • QuickBooks will use your default browser to connect to the internet. This means that you will need to have a web browser installed on your computer, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.
  • The internet connection requirement only applies to subscriptions to QuickBooks Desktop Pro Plus, Premier Plus, Premier Accountant, or Enterprise. If you are using the QuickBooks Desktop Basic or QuickBooks Desktop Self-Employed editions, you do not need to connect to the internet.

User and Server Requirements for both Hardware and Operating Systems

QuickBooks Desktop 2023 requires a 64-bit Windows operating system and won’t run on 32-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.
DPI• The default setting of the computer system
• Stable network connectivity
• Windows Operating System Settings:
• Should be of US Version
• Keyboard should be set for the US with regional settings displayed in English (US).
• To host the multi-user mode of QuickBooks, User will require Admin Rights of the system being used.
• Native Installation which refers that the software installed in that computer or operating system for which it is designed.

Other Hardware Devices

In case you use the Warehouse Manager feature in QuickBooks Desktop Mobile, the following devices are supported:

  • Recommended: Zebra TC20/TC25/TC51 Mobile Computer (Android 4.4 & above)
  • Also supported:
  • Zebra MC40 Mobile Computer (Android 4.4 & above)
  • Honeywell Voyager 1602g Pocket Barcode Scanner
  • Socket Mobile CHS 7CI
  • Symbol CS3070

Note: QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 23.0 also supports the following devices:

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

QuickBooks Compatibility with Other Software

QuickBooks can be connected with thousands of third-party apps and software. Some of the most common software integrated with QuickBooks. You can get more apps that integrate with QuickBooks on the Intuit App Store.

Note: Additional RAM can enhance the use of these features. This is because QuickBooks and integrated apps need to store and process data, which can require a lot of memory.

  • 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.
    • 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,, 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.
  • QuickBooks Point of Sale V19.0
  • 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

Anti-Malware and Antivirus Software Compatibility

Antivirus software and firewall compatibility with QuickBooks Pro, Premier, and Enterprise 17.0 was done to know which software and firewall work best and will not restrict the software. To avoid issues connect with your QuickBooks technicians via QuickBooks Enterprise technical support number to configure the required settings.

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

Important: Although QuickBooks desktop software can work in a RAID environment it is highly dissuaded as the software might face performance problems.

QuickBooks Mac Plus 2023

Minimum System Requirements

  • 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.

Integration/compatibility requirements

Here are the compatibility details for handling different tasks in QuickBooks Mac 2023:

  • For exporting report data, you can utilize Apple Numbers v11.0 or a later version, as well as Microsoft Excel 2016 or a later version, which includes Microsoft 365.
  • When emailing as a PDF, options include Apple Mail and Microsoft Outlook 2016 or later, which also includes Microsoft 365.
  • Regarding file conversion, QuickBooks Mac 2023 facilitates the following conversions:
    • 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.

In case your system does not meet the minimum requirements

In case your system does not fulfill the minimum requirements for QuickBooks Desktop, you may be unable to install or use it. In this case, you can either upgrade your computer to meet the requirements or think to move to QuickBooks Online.

Upgrading your computer is the most common solution. This can be done by adding more RAM, upgrading your processor, or installing the latest operating system. However, upgrading your system can be more expensive and time-consuming.

Moving to QuickBooks Online is another option if you cannot upgrade your computer. QuickBooks Online is a cloud-based accounting software that can access from any system. This means that you do not require to worry about the minimum system requirements.


To avoid any compatibility with system issues the above system requirements should be kept in mind. If however, you end up facing some problems you can contact our team of experts by either going for the live chat option on website or calling on toll-free QuickBooks Enterprise technical support number – ☎ +1-800-983-3087.

Frequently Asked Questions (faq)

Does QuickBooks 2023 require Windows 11?

Discover the system prerequisites for QuickBooks Enterprise in the years 2020 through 2023. Supported operating systems include Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) or the latest supported update/version of Windows 11. Please note that Windows 8.1 and Linux operating systems are not compatible.

How much does it cost to upgrade to QuickBooks Desktop 2023?

The QuickBooks 2023 Desktop price will be QuickBooks 2023 Desktop Pro Plus $549. QuickBooks 2023 Desktop Mac Plus $549. QuickBooks 2023 Desktop Premier Plus $799.

Will older versions of QuickBooks work on Windows 11?

As of now, only QuickBooks Desktop 2022 (including Pro Plus, Premier Plus, Pro, and Enterprise) R3 or later versions have received full compatibility approval with Windows 11 64-bit. If you choose to use Windows 11 with older QuickBooks versions, unforeseen issues with your QuickBooks software might arise.

Is QuickBooks different on Mac from a PC?

QuickBooks for Mac lacks Premier and Enterprise editions, offering fewer features compared to even the Windows Pro version. This includes a reduced number of reports and limited payroll options.

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