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A detailed guide to know what is the minimum system requirements for QuickBooks accounting software. If you are planning to install and use the latest QuickBooks 2021, then you need to make sure that your system is compatible with the new update. To run QuickBooks desktop 2021 and Enterprise solutions 21.0, you need to know what your system requires in terms of the operating system, RAM, etc. Before purchasing any product for your system, it is important to understand whether your system will be able to handle the software without any issue or not. System requirements mean that the system configuration is set according to the new product being incorporated.

Features of QuickBooks Enterprise 2021

Some great features and functionalities:

  • Easy time tracking
  • Invoice history tracker
  • Scaling up to 40 users
  • Generating bill pay as you use to write checks feature
  • Payroll status for direct deposit
  • Tracking inventory and managing profits
  • Getting paid faster and easier
  • Employee payment adjustment history
  • Transferring of credit between jobs of the same customer
  • Paying employees in a snap
  • Alternate vendors
  • Searching company files easily
  • Quick upgrade
  • Making between business decisions with advanced inventory
  • Landed cost calculation

Minimum System Requirements for QuickBooks Pro/ Premier 2021 and Enterprise 21.0

Let’s know the system requirements for QuickBooks desktop, premier, and enterprise solutions 2021:

Operating Systems

Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008

If you are using a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, then you need to know that Microsoft no longer provides security updates or support for systems having Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. It is highly recommended that you should upgrade your operating system to a supported version before you get started with the installation of QuickBooks, as this might hamper the data security.

  • Windows 10, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows 8.1 (Update 1), all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows Server 2019, and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2016, and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012, and Essentials
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011, Standard and Essentials

The point to be noted here is that the QuickBooks accounting software demands using Windows natively and not via an emulator or virtual environment.

Database servers

Windows (Natively Installed)  

* Windows Server 2019, and Essentials

* Windows Server 2016, and Essentials

Windows Server 2012 R2, and Essentials

Windows Server 2012, and Essentials

Windows Server 2011

Windows Small Business Server 2011, Standard and Essentials

* Windows 10

Windows 8.1 (update 1)

Linux (when using QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Database Server-only installation) * OpenSuse 42.3

* Fedora 29

* Red Hat Enterprise 7 (RHEL 7.4)

Browser requirements

Internet Explorer 11 (32 bit)

Hardware and operating system requirements

Processor 2.4 GHz minimum

RAM      At least 4GB, 8GB Suggested Server RAM Requirements

* 1-5 Users: 8 GB RAM

* 10 Users: 12 GB RAM

* 15 Users: 16 GB 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 the US only).

1. Needed at least 4.0GB RAM.

2. Twice the size of the largest file set to back up + 100MB or twice the size to restore. Space is only needed from the work folder LocalApplicationData+” Intuit\Intuit Data Protect“.

Note: To experience the best performance, the user needs to store the QuickBooks data file on a solid-state drive.

Windows US version of Windows.

* Regional Settings are supported when set to English.

* Administrator rights needed for the server computer while hosting Multi-User access.

* Natively installed – This means that QuickBooks was installed on a particular system or environment that it was designed for. Along with that it also means it doesn’t require to run in a virtual environment or emulation software.

Optical Drive 4X DVD-ROM drive needed 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.

Optimized for Default DPI setting for a given computer.

Software Compatibility

QuickBooks software is compatible with any hardware and also it is very easy to interact with third-party applications. The user can check out the integrations below:

Microsoft Office:

  • QuickBooks for Mac 2016 (the US only), 2021, 2020, 2019
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader: This is needed for viewing forms, adobe acrobat reader 9.0 or later due to certain forms is difficult to open, which makes it suitable for the version is needed for forms.
  • Office 2016 including Outlook 2016 on 32 and 64 bit.
  • Office 2010 and Office 2013 and 365 both on 32 and also 64 bit (including Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013)
  • Gmail Estimates, Invoices and other forms with Microsoft outlook 2010-2016, Microsoft Outlook with office 365 and other support to Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and
  • Requires Microsoft word 2016, 2013, or 2010 or Office 365 (includes 64-bit) for preparing letters because all version has different features.
  • The system should have Microsoft Excel 2016, 2013, or 2010 or Office 365 (Includes 64-bit) for exporting reports, as reports are different from others and it demands different Microsoft versions.
  • Also, it needs Outlook 2010 (32-bit) for contact Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook.
  • QB contact Sync is needed for Outlook synchronization Outlook.
  • QB Point of Sale Version 18.0 and Version 12.0 (applies to the US only)
  • TurboTax 2018 (Personal and Business)
  • Lacerte 2018 and 2017 (applies to the US)
  • Pro-Series tax years 2017 and 2016 (the US only)
  • Quicken 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016
  • This needs internet access with at least a 56 Kbps connection speed for payroll and other online features.
  • Yahoo email, Gmail, windows mail, Hotmail, and AOL
  • Payroll and other online features and services require internet access with at least a 56 Kbps connection speed. DSL or cable modem is recommended

Firewall and antivirus software compatibility

After testing QuickBooks Pro 2021, Premier 2021, and Enterprise 21.0 with the firewall and antivirus programs, we have jotted the firewall and antivirus software compatibility requirements. The most important point to be noted that the user will have to adjust some settings in the programs to get a seamless QuickBooks experience.

  • Windows server firewall all editions
  • Windows 8.1 firewall all editions
  • Microsoft security essentials
  • Avast
  • AVG
  • Norton LifeLock
  • ESET
  • Avira
  • Kaspersky
  • MacAfee
  • Bitdefender
  • Malwarebytes

Note: It should be kept in mind that QuickBooks software will work with the systems running RAID. However, it is not recommended as it may cause QuickBooks to operate slowly.

QuickBooks desktop 2021 needs internet security protocol TLS 1.2 for the connected services to work properly.

System Requirement for QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 2021

Know the minimum system requirements for MAC users are given below:

Minimum System Requirements

  • The user should at least have Mac OS 10.14 (Mohave) and supported by Mac OS 10.14 (Mojave)
  • Also, the user should make sure that the product is registered
  • The disk space should be at least 250 MB
  • 2GB RAM is the minimum requirement. However, 4GB RAM is recommended
  • Intel Core 2 duo is the least one should have. However, it can go higher to run a server
  • CD or DVD drive or an Internet connection to install
  • For printing purposes: 100% Macintosh compatible printer is a must, in case the user is planning to print invoices, cheque deposit slip, purchase orders, mailing labels, reports, etc.
  • Recommended using intuit checks for printing checks. As the Canadian image ready checks are not supported

Software Compatibility

  • For emailing purposes: The user should have Apple mail, Microsoft Outlook 2016 or later, along with the Mac Office 365
  • For payment purposes: Intuit merchant service is required, in case the user accepts credit card and debit card payments. Merchant service for QuickBooks for Mac is sold separately and subject to application approval. However, the debit card transactions are processed our signature debit due to which they do not require entering a pin code.
  • For exporting report data: Apple numbers V 3.5, Microsoft Excel 2016 or later, and also Mac Office 365 are required
  • Talking about the payroll: There are a few payroll services that would work with QuickBooks for Mac namely Intuit QuickBooks payroll for Mac, Intuit full-service payroll, and top pay from Aatrix. It should be noted that the payroll for Mac requires EIN and an Internet connection to work properly. Also, printing checks and forms require Adobe Reader, for which additional fees might be applicable.
  • Mac apps: The user can sync QuickBooks desktop for Mac with apple’s calendar, contact and, messages
  • However, talking about the file conversion: QuickBooks for Mac 2021 supports the following
    • Two-way conversion from and to QuickBooks desktop 2021
    • One-way conversion to QuickBooks online
    • And the one-way conversion from QuickBooks desktop for windows 2016 to 2019


Important Points to Consider

  • In case the product requirements above do not specifically state any operating system, hardware, software, or Anti-Virus is supported, then in that case it might not have been tested. It is not guaranteed that the experience will be trouble-free.
  • Increase the experience problems outside of the supported environment, technical support will be limited to standard troubleshooting. In case of a non-favorable situation, the program should be returned to a supported environment for additional support
  • However, increase Microsoft is no longer supporting the before-mentioned products, then neither shall intuit.

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