QuickBooks Desktop accounting software is developed and marketed by Intuit. Intuit releases a regular update for the QuickBooks Desktop and it also releases a version update every year. Intuit recently released the 2020 version of QuickBooks. It is very important to update the QuickBooks software to the latest release but most of the users don’t why is it important. The actual reason behind it is the discontinuation polity of Intuit. Every year, Intuit discontinues a version which was released 2 years back. This year the time has come for the QuickBooks 2017 version. Intuit is going to discontinue the QuickBooks 2017 version from 31st May 2020.

QuickBooks 2017 Versions ExpiredOnce Intuit discontinue a version, Intuit doesn’t provide any kind of support to those versions. If you use a discontinued version of QuickBooks, you won’t get any security or version updates. If you fall into any issue, you won’t be able to get support for your software as well.

QuickBooks Versions That Are Getting Discontinued

Fully supported products Products for which services will be discontinued after May 31, 2020
QuickBooks Desktop Pro and Premier 2020, 2019, 2018 QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2017QuickBooks Desktop Premier 2017 (General Business, Contractor, Manufacturing & Wholesale, Nonprofit, Professional Services, and Retail)
QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 20, 19, 18 QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 17
QuickBooks Desktop Accountant 2020, 2019, 2018 QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition 2017
QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale 18.0 N/A

Services That Won’t Work After May 31, 2020

Payroll Services

  • Assisted Payroll
  • Basic, Standard, or Enhanced Payroll
  • Workers’ Comp Payment Service
  • QuickBooks Workforce (formerly ViewMyPaycheck)

Credit Card Processing

  • Merchant Services
  • Merchant Service Deposit (reconciliation)
  • Recurring Payments
  • eInvoice

Check Processing

  • Check Solution

Other Services

  • Accountant Copy Transfer Service
  • Multi-currency/Exchange Rate
  • Online Banking
  • Bill Pay

System requirements for QuickBooks 2020 and Enterprise Solutions 20.0

Operating Systems

  • Windows 10, all editions containing 64-bit, natively installed1
  • Windows 8.1 (Update 1) all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows 7 SP1 all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2011, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Database Servers

  • Windows: Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2011, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 10, Windows 8.1 (update 1) or Windows 7 SP1 (Enterprise and Professional editions only), natively installed.
  • Linux: When using QBES Database Server-only installation – OpenSuse 42.3, Fedora 27, Red Hat Enterprise 7 (RHEL 7.4)

Hardware and Operating system requirements (client and server)

Processor 2.4 GHz minimum
RAM 4GB minimum, 8GB Recommended

Server RAM Requirements

1-5 Users: 8GB RAM

10 Users: 12GB RAM

15 Users: 16GB RAM

20 Users: 20+GB RAM

Disk space          2.5GB of disk space (additional required for data files)

Additional software: 60MB for Microsoft .NET 4.6 Runtime, provided on the QuickBooks CD

Additional requirements for Intuit Data Protect in QuickBooks Connected Services offerings (applies to the US only)

Require minimum 4.0GB 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”

Note: Storing a large .QBW data file on an SSD will greatly speed up performance and is encouraged.


Windows US version of Windows

Regional settings are supported when set to English

Administrator rights required for the server computer when hosting Multi-User access

Natively installed – means it was installed on a particular system or environment that it was designed for. This also means it doesn’t need to run in a virtual environment or emulation software.

Optical Drive 4X DVD-ROM drive required for CD installations (unless QuickBooks is downloaded from Intuit server)


Screen Display optimized for 1280 x 1024 screen resolution or higher with up to 2 Extended monitors
Resolution Best optimized for Default DPI setting for a given computer.

Firewall & Antivirus Software Compatibility

The QuickBooks 2020 – Pro, Premier, Enterprise, Accountant versions are successfully tested with the following anti-virus and firewall applications.

  • Windows Server Firewall (all editions)
  • Windows 8.1 Firewall (all editions)
  • Windows 7 Firewall (all editions)
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Avast
  • AVG
  • Symantec
  • ESET
  • Avira
  • Kaspersky
  • McAfee
  • Bitdefender
  • Malwarebytes

Minimum System Requirements For QuickBooks Mac 2020

  • Minimum macOS 10.12 (Sierra); supported by macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), macOS 10.14 (Mojave)
  • Intel processor, Core 2 Duo or higher
  • Multiuser Server: Intel Core 2 Duo or higher processor to run the server
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB RAM recommended)
  • 250 MB of available disk space
  • CD/DVD drive or Internet connection for the downloaded installation
  • Printer: 100% Macintosh-compatible printer, if you want to print invoices, checks, deposit slips, lists, purchase orders, mailing labels, reports, or graphs
  • Checks: Use Intuit Checks if you plan to print checks. Canadian Image Ready Checks are not supported.
  • Product registration required

Get QuickBooks Tech Support For Upgrading

Hopefully, you have a clear idea about the discontinuation policy of Intuit and why it is important be updated on the latest version of QuickBooks Desktop. QuickBooks provides you the option to update your software manually but that can be complex task for. If you are not able to update your QuickBooks Desktop manually, you can contact a QuickBooks ProAdvisor to help you out in such scenarios. Approaching a certified ProAdvisor is very important because they have a complete knowledge about the QuickBooks software, and they can help you in any kind of situation. To get update services for your QuickBooks software, get in touch with our toll-free QuickBooks Support Phone Number +1888-382-7559 and get instant solution for QuickBooks.