QuickBooks 2016 System Requirements


With the release of QuickBooks 2016, systems requirements from Intuit show that Windows 10 is not yet supported. But it appears that all versions of Windows Server 2012, Standard and Enterprise included are supported. Check this article: http://support.quickbooks.intuit.com/Support/Articles/INF28307.

Update as of now, Intuit states QuickBooks is good to go on “Windows 10, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed”, but only “QuickBooks 2016 R7 and Enterprise 16.0 R7 is compatible with Windows 10”. Also, Intuit notes, “Natively 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.”

It might prove wise to wait for Intuit QuickBooks support for Windows 10 before trying to download QuickBooks 2016 to use in your production environment. However, download QuickBooks 2016 desktop software for testing now should be a priority if you intend to stay with QuickBooks 2016.

Again this year, it’s vitally important to pay particular attention to “natively installed” and Microsoft Office 365 web version issues. However, as of this writing, the definition of  “natively installed” appears to be conspicuously missing from Intuit support’s website.

And finally, RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) are still not recommended because “performance issues may cause QuickBooks to operate slowly.”

When you’re ready to test QuickBooks 2016, return to painlessquickbooks.com for late updates and review the QuickBooks 2016 system requirements direct from Intuit QuickBooks Support at http://support.quickbooks.intuit.com/Support/Articles/INF28307 Perhaps they may change.

From Intuit: System requirements for QuickBooks 2016 and Enterprise Solutions 16.0

Operating systems supported:

Windows 8.1, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
Windows 7, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
Windows Vista (SP2 or later), all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
Windows Server 2012, Windows Small Business Server 2011, Small Business Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003 (SP2)*, including 64-bit, natively installed

Database Servers:

Windows: natively installed & Windows 8, Windows 7 or Vista (SP2) with UAC on, Windows Server 2011, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 – Terminal Server Config., Windows Server 2003 (SP2)*, and Windows Small Business Server 2008

Note: Windows Home Server Edition is not supported.

Hardware and operating system requirements (client and server)
2.4 GHz processor minimum
4 GB RAM minimum, 8GB RAM Recommended
Server RAM Requirements:
0-5 Users: 8GB RAM
10+ Users: 12GB RAM
15+ Users: 16GB RAM
20+ Users 20+GB RAM
4x CD-ROM drive required for CD installations
Display optimized for 1024 x 768 screen resolution or higher with up to 2 Extended monitors
Best optimized for Default DPI setting (96 DPI or 100%). Additionally, medium DPI (120 DPI or 110%) is supported to ensure an optimal experience for 110% scaling.
Internet access is required
U.S. version
Regional Settings are supported when set to English (United States) with keyboard setting to U.S. only
Administrator Rights required for the server computer when hosting Multi User Access
Natively installed
Disk space requirements:
2.5 GB of disk space (additional space required for data files)
Additional software: 250 MB for Microsoft .NET 4.0 Runtime, provided on the QuickBooks CD
Additional requirements for Intuit Data Protect in QuickBooks Connected Services offerings
Require minimum 2.0 GB 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”

Software compatibility
QuickBooks is capable of integrating with hundreds of third-party applications. The following integrations are provided with QuickBooks; additional RAM will enhance the use of these features. See Intuit Marketplace for the most up-to-date list.

Microsoft Office:
Office 2010 and Office 2013/365 (including Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013) both on 32 and 64 bit. (Note: Office 365 is only supported when it is locally installed, not the web version.)
Preparing letters requires Microsoft Word 2013, 2010, or 2007 (32 bit)
Exporting reports requires Microsoft Excel 2013, 2010, or 2007.
Contact Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook requires Outlook 2013, 2010, or 2007.
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 2014 (V12.0), V11.0 , V10.0
Adobe Acrobat Reader: Business Planner functionality and viewing forms requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or later.
Payroll and other online features and services requires Internet access with at least a 56 Kbps connection speed (DSL or cable modem recommended).
TurboTax 2016 and 2014 (Personal and Business)
Lacerte 2016 and 2014.
Pro-Series tax years 2016 and 2014.
QuickBooks for Mac 2016.
Gmail, Yahoo Email, Windows Mail, Hotmail and AOL.
Internet Explorer 11, 10, and 9.

Firewall and antivirus software compatibility
QuickBooks Pro/Premier 2016 and Enterprise 15.0 have been tested with the following firewall and antivirus products.

Note: In some cases, it may be necessary to adjust settings in these products to ensure the best possible performance with QuickBooks.

Windows Server Firewall (all editions)
Windows 8 and 8.1 Firewall (all editions)
Windows 7 Firewall (all editions)
Windows Vista Firewall (all editions)
Microsoft Security Essentials
Windows Defender
Note: QuickBooks will work with systems running RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) but this is not recommended because performance issues may cause QuickBooks to operate slowly.