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Alert: QuickBooks 2015 Does NOT Work with Windows XP

Alert your IT folks (oh wait, that may be you too!) - QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Enterprise 2015 will no longer work with Windows XP.

Intuit has made the decision to step away from compatiblity with Windows XP in the 2015 release of QuickBooks. Just like Microsoft has made the decision to stop supporting Windows XP.

Here are the various configurations where QuickBooks 2015 software will run...

TECH SPECS FOR PRO AND PREMIER 2015

Here are the minimum tech specs relating to QuickBooks Pro and Premier 2015 as pulled from the QuickBooks web site (see the "tech specs" section):

  • Windows Vista SP2, 7 SP1 or 8.1 Update 1 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, 2012 R2 or Windows Small Business Server 2008/2011 (64-bit) recommended for multi user
  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 1.5 GB disk space recommended
  • 1024x768 or higher screen resolution, extended monitor is supported
  • 4x DVD-ROM drive
  • Online features require Internet access
  • Product registration required

TECH SPECS FOR ENTERPRISE 2015

Here are your minimum tech specs for QuickBooks Enterprise 2015 as pulled from the Enterprise web site (see the "technical" section of this site):

Operating systems supported:

  • Windows 8, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows 7, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows Vista (SP1 or later), all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows Server 2012, Windows Small Business Server 2011, Small Business Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003 (SP2), including 64-bit, natively installed

Database Servers

  • Windows: natively installed & Windows 8, Windows 7 or Vista (SP1) with UAC on, Windows Server 2011, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 - Terminal Server Config., Windows Server 2003 (SP2), and Windows Small Business Server 2008
    Note: Windows Home Server Edition is not supported.

Hardware and operating system requirements (client and server)

  • 2.4 GHz processor minimum
  • System processor should support at least Streaming SIMD Extensions 2 (SSE2) instruction set
  • 2 GB RAM minimum
    • RAM requirements for multi-user setup
      • 5 users: 2-3 GB
      • 10 users: 3-4 GB
      • 15 users: 4-6 GB
      • 20 users: 6-8 GB
  • 4x CD-ROM drive required for CD installations
  • Display optimized for 1024 x 768 screen resolution or higher with up to 2 Extended monitors
  • Best optimized for Default DPI setting (96 DPI or 100%). Additionally, medium DPI (120 DPI or 110%) is supported to ensure an optimal experience for 110% scaling.
  • Windows:
    • U.S. version
    • Regional Settings are supported when set to English (United States) with keyboard setting to U.S. only
    • Administrator Rights required for the server computer when hosting Multi User Access
    • Natively installed
  • Disk space requirements:
    • 1.5 GB of disk space (additional space required for data files)

 

Lots of geeky stuff above, that's for sure!

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Quoting and Estimating Software: Add-on for QuickBooks

Looking for more estimating/quoting functionality than QuickBooks provides?

QWVector_WithGradient_WithTagline_230x103If so, you'll want to take a much closer look at QuoteWerks.

OH, SO MUCH MORE FUNCTIONALITY

Let's take a quick look at some features in QuoteWerks that are nowhere to be found in QuickBooks:

  • Include pictures of items you sell in your quote
  • Include spec sheets for items in the quote
  • Supports 9 different pricing methods
  • Easily see your profit margins
  • Enables remote sales reps to create quotes and sync back to the main office
  • Much more...

WHY QUOTING SOFTWARE AND NOT JUST QUICKBOOKS?

The folks at QuoteWerks summed it up very nicely...

"Quoting software is used by companies that do not want to flood their accounting software with part numbers and quotes that may never be used or become orders.

Another reason for using quoting software is for larger offices that have many sales people, and do not want all of the sales people using the accounting software for two reasons.

  • First, accounting software licenses are generally more expensive than quoting software licenses
  • Second, there are security issues relating to lots of sales reps having access to your accounting software.

Quoting software is also more flexible in terms of tweaking profit margin, more pricing models, links to other software such as contact managers etc."

DOES INFORMATION TRANSFER OVER TO QUICKBOOKS?

Yes, QuoteWerks does indeed seamlessly transfer information over to your QuickBooks, including:

  • Sales order or invoices
  • Purchase orders
  • Customers
  • Items and item receipts
  • More...

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT QUOTEWERKS?

As a reseller for QuoteWerks, I welcome the opportunity to work with you and get you the best pricing possible.

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Should I Renew My Service/Support Plan for QuickBooks Enterprise?

Yikes...

My mailbox has seen a steady stream of messages asking this very question.

WHY THE FUSS?

The reason the renewal of the QuickBooks Enterprise support plan has become such a hot topic comes down to this...

Many businesses are seeing increases in their annual renewal costs (those with 5 users or more) ranging anywhere from 71% to 200%.

That's correct - those are not typos...

WHY THE INCREASE IN COSTS?

In case you missed my earlier article, QuickBooks Enterprise has moved to a subscription pricing model as of October 2014.

As I see it, these increases in the renewal costs of the QuickBooks Enterprise full service plans are designed to eventually move those not on the subscription plan into parity with those that are on the plan. I see this happening over the next 1-2 years.

Eventually, it will be less expensive to be on the subscription plan the way things are going. We're just not there yet.

TO RENEW OR NOT TO RENEW - THAT IS THE QUESTION

There is no right answer to this question - your business will have to carefully evaluate the options.

As a quick reminder, the QuickBooks Enterprise support plan offers you the ability to get the latest version of Enterprise when it is released and also get access to the Enterprise support desk for a period of 12 months. (I also offer consulting services on Enterprise, but separate fees do apply - gotta pay the bills somehow...)

If you DO renew your support plan, you are then exempt from the subscription plan for another 12 months. You'll get your update to the latest version of QuickBooks in the fall of 2015, and you will get access to the Enterprise support team. Pretty much business as usual.

Except when it comes to your checkbook - it will be lighter due to the increase in renewal costs.

If you DON'T renew your support plan (and that is your choice), then you simply keep using the version of Enterprise you currently have and you don't get access to the Enterprise support desk.

BUT...

When it does come time to purchase an upgrade to your QuickBooks Enterprise (let's say you choose to do that in 2017), you will then be welcomed into the subscription plan at that time, however that may look. There won't be any other options.

And no, you can't purchase an older version of Enterprise anywhere to avoid the subscription. Many have asked that, and all have been told the same thing - no chance.

AND BEFORE YOU HIT THE EXIT DOOR

It's essential to know this - the alternatives to QuickBooks Enterprise will cost you 3 times or more than what you'll be paying for Enterprise.

Not to mention the enormous costs involved in converting, implementing and training on a completely new software package.

So making the quick reaction to move away from Enterprise will likely not be the best for your business for many reasons.

THERE YOU HAVE IT!

That's the straight scoop as I know it and I wanted to share it with you.

What are you going to do? Renew? Not renew?

Let your feelings be known and post your comments in the box below (if you are reading the live blog) or click here to go to the blog post and offer your thoughts.

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