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System Requirements for QuickBooks Desktop 2024 Explained

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Whether you are thinking of upgrading your QuickBooks to the most recent version, 2024, or buying a new one, you must ensure your computer meets the required specifications for better and smoother functioning.

From your operating system to hardware and software, all components impact your QuickBooks operations. If your computer does not meet the required specifications, you might experience issues such as failing to open QuickBooks or frequent freezing.

Find out the system requirements for QuickBooks Desktop 2024 below in this guide to ensure seamless functioning.

If you find upgrading your system challenging, we suggest contacting QuickBooks experts available at 800-580-5375 and let them walk you through the complete upgrade procedure.

System Specifications Required for QuickBooks Desktop 2024

Meeting the QuickBooks system requirements ensures uninterrupted operations. These requirements typically include hardware, software, server, and software compatibility, creating a foundation for seamless performance.

However, these specifications vary depending on the operating system you use, Windows or Mac. Let’s discuss these requirements below in detail.

System Requirements for QuickBooks Pro or Premier 2024 and Enterprise 24.0 (Windows)

Regardless of the QuickBooks version you use—Pro 2024, Premier 2024, or Enterprise 24.0—your system must meet certain system requirements before you can start using QuickBooks.

Operating systems

If you are using Windows Server 2012

After October 10, 2023, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for computers running Windows Standard and Essentials Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2. Due to this, QuickBooks 2024 won’t support Windows Server 2012 and can’t be installed on it.

  • 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

Note: QuickBooks also does not support Linux and Windows 10 S Mode. As it requires using Windows natively without an emulator or virtual environment.

Database servers

Windows (natively installed)

  • Windows Server 2022, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2019, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2016, Standard and Essentials

Browser requirements

QuickBooks Desktop 2024 requires Google Chrome and internet access.

Hardware and operating system requirements

QuickBooks Desktop 2024 won’t run on a 32-bit Windows operating system; it requires a 64-bit one. Learn how to check if you have a 64-bit operating system:

  • Open the Windows Start menu by pressing the Windows logo key on your keyboard.
  • Type Settings in the search field and press Enter.
  • In the search results, select Settings to open.
  • Choose System.
  • Further, click on About from the left pane of your screen.
Here you can view basic information about your computer
  • On the right, see the System type under Device specifications.
Processor     2.4 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    • Disk space must be 2.5 GB (additional required for data files). Additional software: • Microsoft .NET 4.8 Runtime requires 60 MB and the provided installation files. • In QuickBooks Connected Services, Intuit Data Protect: • Requires minimum 4.0GB RAM • Twice the size of the most extensive file set to back up + 100MB or twice the size to restore. This space is only required from the work folder LocalApplicationData+”Intuit\Intuit Data Protect”. Note: To get the best out of QuickBooks, 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. • Your server computer requires administrator rights when hosting multi-user access. • Windows must be natively installed without running it in a virtual environment or using emulation software.
Optical drive For physical CD installations, a 4X DVD-ROM drive is required.
Screen resolution           • Display optimized for 1280 x 1024 resolution of your computer or higher with up to 2 extended monitors. • It requires the default DPI setting that is best optimized for a given computer.

Other hardware devices

Know the supported devices if you use the Warehouse Manager in QuickBooks Desktop mobile:

  • Zebra TC20/TC25/TC51 Mobile Computer is recommended (Android 6.0 & above)
  • Android 6.0 & above Zebra MC40 Mobile Computer

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 24.0 also supports:

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

Software compatibility

You can integrate QuickBooks with hundreds of other applications. Find the most common applications you can integrate with QuickBooks on the Intuit App Store.

Note: Using additional RAM can significantly enhance QuickBooks performance.

  • Microsoft Office:
    • Microsoft Office 2021
    • Microsoft Office 2019
    • Microsoft Office 2016, which also includes Outlook 2016 both on 32 and 64-bit operating systems
    • Invoices, email estimates, and other forms with Microsoft Outlook 2016-2021, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Microsoft Outlook with Microsoft 365, Outlook.com, and other SMTP-supporting email clients.
    • Preparing letters requires using Microsoft Word 2021, 2019, 2016, or Microsoft 365 (includes 64-bit).
    • To export reports, use Microsoft Excel 2021, 2019, 2016, or Microsoft 365 (which includes 64-bit).
    • To synchronize your contact with Microsoft Outlook requires Outlook 2021, 2019 (32 and 64-bit), or 2016.
  • TurboTax 2023 (Personal and Business)
  • Lacerte 2023
  • Pro-Series tax year 2023
  • Quicken versions 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader: Use Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or later for Payroll, Business Planner, and viewing forms.
  • Payroll and other online features and services require internet access with at least a 56 Kbps (1 Mbps is recommended) connection speed.

Anti-malware and antivirus software compatibility

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2024, Premier 2024, and Enterprise 24.0 are tested with multiple antimalware and antivirus programs, which are mentioned below:

To get the best performance, you must add QuickBooks as an exclusion in these programs:

Antivirus software: ESET, Panda Dome, Sophos, Avira, Symantec, F-Secure, Microsoft Windows Defender, McAfee, Avast, Bitdefender, Norton, Kaspersky, Trend Micro Security, Webroot, Cylance (Internet/Regression Only)

Anti-malware software: Emsisoft, McAfee, Avast, Webroot, ZoneAlarm, Kaspersky, F-Secure, Bitdefender, AVG, Malwarebytes, Spybot

Note: QuickBooks can run with systems running a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID), but it is not recommended as it might cause QuickBooks to operate slowly.

You must use the internet security protocol TLS 1.2 to ensure the proper functioning of connected services with QuickBooks Desktop 2024.

QuickBooks Mac Plus 2024

Know what computer specifications you require for the proper functioning of QuickBooks Mac Plus 2024.

Minimum system requirements

  • Use at least Mac OS X v12.0 (Monterey) operating system.
  • iOS 12.0 or later for iPhone-related features.
  • Supports either Intel or Apple CPU hardware.
  • Internet connection required.
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or higher processor is required for a multi-user Server to run a server.
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB RAM recommended).
  • 250 MB of available storage.
  • If you plan to print invoices, mailing labels, reports, checks, deposit slips, lists, purchase orders, or graphs, use a Macintosh-compatible printer.
  • If you are planning to print checks, use Intuit Checks.

Integration/compatibility requirements

Export report data – Apple Numbers v12.0 or later, or Microsoft Excel 2016 or later, including Microsoft 365

E-mail as PDF – Microsoft Outlook 2016 or later, including Microsoft 365 and Apple Mail.

File conversion – QuickBooks Mac 2024 supports:

  • One-way conversion to QuickBooks Online
  • One-way conversion from QuickBooks Desktop for Windows 2021 and 2023.
  • Conversion to and from QuickBooks for Windows 2024.

Do This If Your System Doesn’t Meet the Minimum Requirements

As already discussed, your computer must meet the minimum system requirements for QuickBooks to run your accounting operations smoothly. However, if your computer does not meet these specifications and it is not possible to upgrade the system, consider moving to QuickBooks Online.

Conclusion 

Hopefully, you are now well aware of all the system requirements for QuickBooks Desktop 2024 and what to do if your computer doesn’t meet the necessary specifications for proper functioning. If you find it difficult to understand these requirements or need experts’ assistance in upgrading your system, it is recommended that you contact our team of QuickBooks ProAdvisors. You can get in touch with the support team at 800-580-5375.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does QuickBooks has a Desktop version for 2024?

Yes, QuickBooks Desktop has a 2024 version released on 23rd October 2023.

How much RAM is needed to run QuickBooks?

The RAM requirements for QuickBooks vary depending on the number of users and the mode QuickBooks will run on. For a workstation running in single-user mode, you will need a minimum of 8 GB and 16 GB for smooth operations.

On the other hand, on a server computer running in multi-user mode, the RAM ranges with the number of users;
1-5 Users: 8 GB
10 Users: 12 GB
15 Users: 16 GB
20+ users: 20+ GB

How much do I have to pay for the QuickBooks 2024 upgrade?

Upgrading to QuickBooks Desktop 2024 costs vary. For QuickBooks Pro Plus, expect to pay around $349.99 per year. QuickBooks Premier Plus is approximately $549.99 per year. QuickBooks Enterprise starts at $1,275 annually. Prices may differ based on specific needs and additional services.

Will there be a QuickBooks Desktop in 2025?

No, Intuit will not release any new version of QuickBooks Desktop. According to Intuit, it is much easier to maintain a single web-based platform, which is also much more convenient for users. To continue using QuickBooks, Intuit suggests moving from QuickBooks Desktop to the Online version.

Does QuickBooks 2024 support Windows Server 2012?

Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows Standard and Essentials Server 2012. Because of this, QuickBooks Desktop 2024 does not support Windows Server 2012, and as a result, you cannot install it.

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