Quickbooks 2013 - requirements

Operating systems supported

  • Windows 8, all editions including 64-bit
  • Windows 7, all editions including 64-bit
  • Windows Vista (SP2 or later), all editions including 64-bit
  • Windows XP (SP3 or later),all editions including 64-bit

Hardware requirements

  • 2.0 GHz processor; 2.4 GHz recommended
  • 1 GB RAM for single user, 2 GB RAM recommended for multiple users
  • 4x CD-ROM drive required for CD installations
  • Display optimized for 1024 x 768 screen resolution or higher with up to 1 Extended monitor
  • 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 (including Outlook 2010) both on 32 and 64 bit.
    • Preparing letters requires Microsoft Word 2010, 2007, or 2003.
    • Exporting reports requires Microsoft Excel 2010, 2007, or 2003.
    • Contact Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook requires Outlook 2010, 2007, or 2003.
    • 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 2013 (V11.0), V10.0, V9.0, and V8.0.
  • 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 2012 (Personal and Business).
  • Lacerte 2012 and 2011.
  • Pro-Series tax years 2012 and 2011.
  • QuickBooks for Mac 2013.
  • Gmail, Yahoo Email, Outlook Express/Windows Mail, and Thunderbird

Firewall and antivirus software compatibility

QuickBooks Pro 2013 has 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 7 Firewall (all editions)
  • Windows Vista Firewall (all editions)
  • Windows XP Firewall (all editions)
  • Symantec Norton AntiVirus, Internet Security, Norton 360
  • McAfee VirusScan Plus, Internet Security, Total Protection
  • Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security
  • ZoneAlarm

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.