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CS Professional Suite Accounting System Requirements

Write-Up CS, Payroll CS, Trial Balance CS, Engagement CS, Financial Analysis CS

Specific requirements and recommendations

If you will run this application in the Virtual Office CS or SaaS environment, please refer to the Virtual Office 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
Monitor 15” monitor with a resolution of 1024x768 Multiple monitors with a minimum resolution of 1024x768
SQL Server (Financial Analysis CS Only) SQL 2016, SQL 2008 R2, SQL 2008, and SQL 2005 (all fully licensed versions) and the Express edition of SQL 2008 R2, SQL 2008, and SQL 2005 (included with Financial Analysis CS).
Note: Windows® 10 requires SQL 2012 or SQL 2014.
Operating System The 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Server 2016, Server 2012 R2, Server 2012, or Server 2008 R2.
Note: Locally installed CS Professional Suite software will not run on Windows 8 RT, a 32-bit edition of Windows 8 for mobile devices.
Disk Space 635 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.
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
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11; 32-bit version Note: Microsoft supports only version 11 on Windows 10, 8.1, and 7. See Microsoft's End of Internet Explorer Support page for more information.
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
Microsoft Office The 32-bit version of Microsoft Office 2016, 2013, 2010, or 2007 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.
Scanner A TWAIN or WIA compliant scanner is required. See Selecting a scanner for use with the CS Professional Suite white paper.
Email A MAPI-compliant email client is required to take advantage of some program features

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.