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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 Right Networks, see Related Links below for requirements, as they may differ. 

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11 (compatible starting with Drake20, additional testing is being completed for prior years)
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019

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

Windows 10 in S mode is not compatible.

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. 

  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor (ARM processors are not compatible at this time.)
  • 1 GB of RAM (32-bit OS) or 2 GB of RAM (64-bit OS)
  • 2 GB of available hard drive space
  • Monitor capable of 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Optical Drive - CD drive (unless choosing download option)
  • Internet access (required for regular updates and PPR software)

System Recommendations

Operating System Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit
Processor 2.0 GHz or faster multi-core processor
RAM 4 GB or more
Hard drive 2 GB or more of available hard drive space*
Monitor Capable of 1920 x 1080 resolution 
Internet connection  Internet access is required to install program updates and to use PPR software. High-speed internet access (e.g. DSL, cable, fiber optic) can improve user experience with GruntWorx, SecureFileProTM, and Google and Outlook Calendar integration. 
Windows GDI (Graphical Device Interface) or HP-compatible laser printer

Internet Explorer 11 or 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.)

TWAIN-compliant scanner (for Drake Documents and GruntWorx) 
Microsoft® .NET Framework
Version 4.7 or higher  
Additional Programs Microsoft Excel and Adobe Reader

*Actual space requirements will vary based on the number of clients you serve. Solid-state (SSD) hard drives can enhance system performance.  

TLS Setting In The Browser Must Be Set To 1.2

To Enable TLS

  • Open Internet Options (from Control Panel or from the Tools menu of Internet Explorer).
  • Select the Advanced tab.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the dialog box and select Use TLS 1.2.

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 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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