QuickBooks 2011 – Computer Requirements & Office Compatibility

We all think that when we purchase a new computer and/or version of Microsoft Office – that all of our software; including QuickBooks 2011 will run perfectly……..this is NOT always the case.

QuickBooks 2011Each version of QuickBooks (Pro, Premier and Enterprise) has different compatibility requirements for use with Microsoft Office.  Not all versions of QuickBooks 2011 (and some of the reports) are compatible with Office 2010.  Read these requirements carefully!

QuickBooks Pro & Premier 2011 (excluding Premier Accountant Edition)

Computer Requirements:

  • 2.0 GHz processor, 2.4 GHz recommended
  • 1 GB RAM for a single user, 2 GB RAM recommended for multiple users
  • 2.5 GB available disk space (additional space required for data files)
  • 250 MB disk space for Microsoft .NET 3.5 Runtime (provided on the QuickBooks CD)
  • 1024 x 768 screen (monitor) resolution – 16-bit or higher color
  • 4x CD-ROM drive
  • All online features/services (including access to payroll updates) require internet access

Integration with other software:

  • Integrates with Microsoft Word & Excel 2002, 2003, 2007, or 2010
  • Integrates with Microsoft Outlook 2002, 2003, and 2007 – requires QuickBooks Contact Sync available for free from Intuit websites
  • Compatible with QuickBooks Point of Sale version 7.0 or later
  • For integration with other third party software – contact the software developer.

Runs on the following versions of Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later), Vista (with User Account Control turned on), Windows 7 (with UAC turned on)
  • Windows Server 2003, 2008, Small Business Server 2008

QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition 2011

Computer Requirements:

  • 2.0 GHz processor, 2.4 GHz recommended
  • 1 GB RAM for a single user, 2 GB RAM recommended for multiple users
  • 2.5 GB available disk space (additional space required for data files)
  • 250 MB disk space for Microsoft .NET 3.5 Runtime (provided on the QuickBooks CD)
  • 1024 x 768 screen (monitor) resolution – 16-bit or higher color
  • 4x CD-ROM drive
  • All online features/services (including access to payroll updates) require internet access

Integration with other software:

  • Integrates with Microsoft Word & Excel 2002, 2003, 2007
  • Integrates with Microsoft Outlook 2002, 2003, and 2007 – requires QuickBooks Contact Sync available from Intuit websites free of charge
  • Compatible with QuickBooks Point of Sale version 7.0 or later
  • For integration with other third party software – contact the software developer.

Runs on the following versions of Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later), Vista (with User Account Control turned on), Windows 7 (with UAC turned on)
  • Windows Server 2003, 2008, Small Business Server 2008

QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions

Computer Requirements:

  • 2.0 GHz processor, 2.4 GHz recommended – Client or Workstation
  • 2.0 GHz processor (1.2 GHz for Linux), 2.4 GHz recommended (2.0 GHz for Linux) – Server
  • 1 GB RAM for a single user, 2 GB RAM recommended for multiple users – Client or Workstation
  • 1 GB RAM, 2GB RAM recommended – Server
  • 2.5 GB available disk space (additional space required for data files) – Client and Server
  • 250 MB disk space for Microsoft .NET 3.5 Runtime (provided on the QuickBooks CD)
  • 1024 x 768 screen (monitor) resolution – 16-bit or higher color
  • 4x CD-ROM drive
  • All online features/services (including access to payroll updates) require internet access

Integration with other software:

  • Integrates with Microsoft Word & Excel 2002, 2003, 2007
  • Integrates with Microsoft Outlook 2002, 2003, and 2007 – requires QuickBooks Contact Sync available from Intuit websites free of charge
  • Compatible with QuickBooks Point of Sale version 7.0 or later
  • For integration with other third party software – contact the software developer.

Runs on the following versions of Windows and Linux:

  • Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later), Vista (with User Account Control turned on), Windows 7 (with UAC turned on)
  • Windows Server 2003, 2008, Small Business Server 2008
  • OpenSuse 11.2, Fedora 12, Red Hat Enterprise 5.4, CentOS 5

NOTE: Contact Sync available at www.quickbooks.com/contact_sync

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Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce that all of their QuickBooks integrated applications – Certified Payroll Solution, Construction Application for Payment Solution, Crew/Overtime Entry Solution, and Wage Manager Solution – are compatible with QuickBooks Pro and Premier 2011 and Enterprise Solutions 11.0 as well as Microsoft Office 2010 – both 32 and 64-bit versions.

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10/12/2010 Update for ALL versions of Premier: Intuit is still struggling with Office 2010 64-bit compatibility.  The reports listed below are not compatible with some installations Microsoft Office 2010 64-bit version – and will produce an error.

From the Reports menu -> Employees & Payroll -> More Payroll Reports in Excel:

  • Payroll Summary by Tax Tracking Type
  • Employee Time & Costs
  • Employee Sick & Vacation History
  • Employee Direct Deposit Listing
  • Tax Form Worksheet
  • New! Certified Payroll Report
  • New! Payroll Liability Accruals & Payments
  • New! Deferred Compensation Report for 401k & more

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October 22, 2010

Email can be sent using Outlook 2010 64-bit version and the Premier Accountant 2011 version.

Outlook 2010 64-bit version is not recognized as being installed when attempting to import contacts from Outlook in the new Quick Start Center when using Premier Accountant 2011.

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October 25, 2010

The Summarize Payroll Data in Excel & Client-Ready Payroll Reports options; available from the Reports menu -> Employees & Payroll are not compatible with Office 2010 when using the Premier Accountant Edition 2011.

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Update:  1/19/2011 – QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition with R5P applied.

The following reports are still not compatible with Excel 2010 64-bit version:  Reports -> Payroll & Employees -> and result in an “error 429: Active X component can’t create object”:

  • Client Ready Payroll Reports
  • Summarize Payroll Data in Excel
  • More Payroll Reports in Excel
    • Tax Tracking Summary
    • Employee Time & Costs
    • Employee Sick & Vacation History
    • Employee Direct Deposit Listing
    • Tax Form Worksheets
    • New! Certified Payroll Report
    • New!  Payroll Liabilities Accruals & Payments
    • New! Deferred Compensation Report for 401k & more

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Update:  2/1/2011 – New version of ISW Released:

Per Intuit website:  Does not work with Microsoft Office Student Edition, or Standard Edition. Does not work with the 64 bit versions of Microsoft 2007 or 2010.

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6 thoughts on “QuickBooks 2011 – Computer Requirements & Office Compatibility

  • Mary
    Actually compatibility with Office 2010 64-bit is a convoluted issue. Here is what I know from my own testing (others may have had different experiences):

    If I use QuickBooks Premier Accountant 2011:

    I can send email using Outlook 2010
    I can export “normal” QB Reports to Excel
    I cannot produce any of the payroll reports noted in my 10/12/2010 update of this post
    Intuit Statement Writer errors out

    Using Premier Contractor 2011 (which Intuit says IS compatible with Office 2010, but does NOT specifically mention the 64-bit version):

    I can export “normal” QB Reports
    I can send email with Outlook
    I CANNOT generate any of the payroll reports noted in my 10/12/2010 update of this post

    Sorry, I can’t be more definitive – but I’m still trying to sift through all of this myself.

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  • Jim Boyle

    I just want to say thank you for your ideas and this email on a regular basis. It is folks like yourself who improve the QB experience.

    Jim

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