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11776: System Requirements for Drake Tax

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What are the system requirements for Drake Tax?

The following information refers to the requirements for the desktop version of Drake Tax. If using Hosting on Rightworks, see Related Links below for requirements, as they may differ. 

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2022

Windows XP and Vista are no longer supported. Windows Server 2008, R2 and Windows 7 are no longer supported after Drake18. Windows 8.1 is no longer supported after Drake21. 

Windows 10 or Windows 11 running in S mode is not compatible. You can switch out of S mode, however, this process cannot be reversed. You may want to contact and IT professional for assistance after reviewing the Microsoft instructions.

Installation of Drake Tax to a Network-attached storage (NAS) drive or device is not supported.

All operating systems are expected to have the latest updates installed.

Minimum System Requirements

The following minimum system requirements will support Drake Tax on most systems. For superior performance, we recommend system upgrades above the stated minimums. Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the features and other programs you install. 

Operating system Windows 10
Processor 1.0 GHz processor (Intel Core i3 or equivalent)
RAM 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit OS and 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit OS
IMPORTANT: ARM Processors are not supported. 
Hard drive 2 GB of available hard drive space (actual space requirements will vary based on the number of clients you serve)
Monitor Capable of 1024 x 768 screen resolution
Internet connection Internet access is required for certain features, such as e-file, software updates, online help, and PPR purchases
Printer Windows GDI (Graphical Device Interface) or HP-compatible laser printer
Browser Edge browser must be installed (other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox can be installed and used as the default). (Web1040 and Drake Zero do not support IE.)
Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4.7 or higher
Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime
Version 8.0.0 or higher
Microsoft ASP.NET Core Runtime
Version 8.0.0 or higher
Optical drive CD drive (only required for CD service) CD service is not available after Drake23.
WebView2 Runtime (Required for Drake Portals integration with Drake Documents). If you need to install WebView2, go to Drake Documents > Help menu > Get Webview2. 

System Recommendations for Optimal Performance

Operating system Windows 10 or 11 Professional, 64-bit
Processor 2.5 GHz or faster multi-core processor (Intel Core i5 or equivalent)
RAM 4 GB or more
Hard drive Solid-state (SSD) hard drives can enhance system performance.
Monitor Capable of 1920 x 1080 resolution
Internet Connection High Speed Internet
TWAIN-compliant scanner (for Drake Documents and GruntWorx) 
Additional Programs Microsoft Excel and Adobe Reader

Network Capabilities

Whether you are an office of 1 or 100, it’s easy to network Drake Software with a dedicated server (recommended) or peer-to-­peer network.

Windows 11 and prior years of Drake Tax. 

Windows 11 is compatible with Drake22 and later versions of Drake Tax. 

Windows 10 and prior years of Drake Tax

Windows 10 is compatible with Drake15 and later versions of Drake Tax.

Drake has tested Windows 10 against the basic functions of earlier software with the following results:

  • Drake12 to Drake14 - These Drake products are compatible with the following limitations:
    • Some printers may require new drivers from the printer manufacturer.
    • Some screens and views in Drake show minor differences when displayed in Windows 10.
  • Drake03 to Drake11 -      
    • may not run as expected under Windows 10, particularly those containing a DOS component (Drake04 and before).
  • Drake02 and prior -
    • will not run.

In some cases, an OS that is released after the software's release may not produce the needed workstation desktop icon for an NW Client installation. See Related Links below.

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