CS Professional Suite


Accounting CS/Accounting CS Payroll
System Requirements

Specific requirements and recommendations

If you will run this application in the Virtual Office CS or SaaS environment, please refer to the Virtual Office CS and SaaS requirements, because local workstation requirements are reduced significantly.

  Minimum Recommended
Processor Intel or AMD 2 Ghz 64-bit processor Intel or AMD 64-bit multi-core processor
RAM 2 GB 4 GB or more
SQL Server The 32-bit and 64-bit versions of SQL 2019, SQL 2017, SQL 2016, SQL 2014, and SQL 2012 (all fully licensed versions) and the Express editions of SQL 2019, SQL 2017, SQL 2016, SQL 2014, and SQL 2012.
Note: Windows® 10 requires SQL 2019, SQL 2017, SQL 2016, SQL 2014 or SQL 2012.
Your data needs will determine whether you need SQL Server and, if so, which version is right for your firm. For guidance, see SQL Server Best Practices for CS Professional Suite Applications.
Monitor 15” monitor with a resolution of 1024x768 Multiple monitors with a minimum resolution of 1024x768
Operating System The 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 11, Windows 10, Server 2022, Server 2019, or Server 2016.
Disk Space 800 MB for the program files. Actual space requirements will vary based on licensed modules, the size of your clients, and the amount of historical data you retain. The initial database size is 190MB.
Internet Connection A broadband or persistent, high-speed internet connection is required to download software installations, updates, and licenses and to access user bulletins and our Help & How-To Center. We recommend a dedicated, high-speed connection.
Browser Any one of the following browsers.
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
Microsoft Office The 32-bit version of Microsoft 365 Office, 2021, 2019, or 2016 is required to take advantage of integration with Office applications and other features.

Note for Office 365® users: Our applications integrate with Office 365 when the Office desktop applications are fully installed on the local computer.
Printer A Windows-supported printer capable of data compression and a minimum 2 MB of memory is required; we recommend 16 MB of memory.
Adobe® Reader® Accounting CS requires Adobe Reader DC or higher to view PDF files.
Scanner A TWAIN or WIA compliant scanner is required.

Accounting CS Client Access

If your clients use Accounting CS Client Access, there are two additional requirements for your firm.

  • Because Accounting CS and Accounting CS Client Access share a common database, both must be run in a hosted environment, either through Virtual Office CS or SaaS or through your own terminal server environment. For details on running the applications through your own terminal server environment, see Setup Instructions for Firm-Hosted Client Access.
  • You must purchase a license for NetFirm CS.

Network installations: You must use a supported Windows server, and it must be a full installation. We don't support core installations, because they don't install .NET components. Additionally, we don't recommend wireless networks for use with any CS Professional Suite application.

Unless they allow for a Windows host control, we don't support network attached storage (NAS) devices as file servers, because they don't meet the requirement of using a Windows operating system. NAS devices often use proprietary operating systems that may not handle file locking properly and may cause data corruption and/or performance issues.

For Terminal Server or Citrix Server recommendations, see Terminal Server Best Practices for CS Professional Suite Applications.

For Microsoft SQL Server recommendations, see SQL Server Best Practices for CS Professional Suite Applications