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15218: Installing Drake Accounting (DAS)


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Drake Accounting®: How do I install Drake Accounting®


Drake Accounting® can be installed to a stand-alone PC or a network. The installation procedure is nearly identical either way.

There are three prerequisites (SAP Crystal Reports® , Microsoft SQL Server, and .Net Framework) that may need to be installed before Drake Accounting®  can be installed. The Drake Accounting®  installation will determine whether any of these need to be installed and if needed, they will be installed automatically before the actual Drake Accounting®  program is installed. If these prerequisites are not needed, it will skip these installations and you can begin the Drake Accounting®  installation process.

Note: Installation of Drake Accounting® to a NAS device is not supported.  The Peer-to-Peer network setup also is not recommended, nor supported, as it can cause data corruption.

Installing Drake Accounting® on the Primary (Most Frequently Used) Workstation

  1. Go to Support.DrakeSoftware.com > Downloads > Drake Accounting choose the year of Drake Accounting that you want to install > click Download
  2. Run DrakeAccounting20YY_Setup.exe
  3. When the SAP Crystal Reports® Installation Wizard is displayed, click Next.
  4. Once you finish reading the SAP Crystal Reports® License Agreement, select I accept the License Agreement and click Next.
  5. When the SAP Crystal Reports® Start Installation screen is displayed, click Next.
  6. Once SAP Crystal Reports® has been successfully installed, click Finish.
  7. The Microsoft SQL Server Compact Setup is displayed after the Crystal Reports® Installation. Click Next at the Microsoft SQL Server Compact Setup.
  8. Once you have read through the license agreement for Microsoft SQL Server Compact, select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.
  9. Click Install to begin installing Microsoft SQL Server Compact.
  10. Once the Microsoft SQL Server Compact Setup has been successfully installed, click Finish. .Net Framework will start downloading after the Microsoft SQL Server has been completed.
  11. Once you finish reading the license agreement for .NET Framework, select I have read and accept the license terms and click Install.
  12. Once the prerequisites have been completed, click Next at the Drake Accounting® 20YY Setup Wizard.
  13. The IRS Security Summit Notice will display. Please read through this information and click Next. There are four screens to this notice.
  14. Once you finish reading the End-User License Agreement, select I accept the terms in the License Agreement and click Next.
  15. If you use a Wacom Signature Pad, select Wacom Signature Pad SDK under Optional Installations.
    • If you use a Topaz or Scriptel signature pad, skip the above step. The Wacom SDK is only needed if you are using the Wacom pad instead of the Topaz or Scriptel pad. 
  16. Click Browse and choose the appropriate drive to install Drake Accounting® , if the default selected drive is incorrect.
  17. On the Configure Shortcuts window, select where you want to create Drake Accounting®  shortcuts (Desktop and/or Start Menu Program folder). Click Next.
  18. Click Install and Finish if you are ready to complete the installation of Drake Accounting® .

Installing DAS on a Network Station (that is not the Primary)

To install Drake Accounting® 2019 (and future): 

  1. After completing the installation steps above, go to Start > File browser > go to the network drive that Drake Accounting®  was installed on, or on your keyboard, simultaneously press the Windows Key + E to open File Explorer. 
  2. Then, go to the drive on which Drake Accounting® 20YY was installed.
  3. Open the DrakeAccounting20YY Folder.
  4. Double-click NWClient.exe.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Accept the License Agreement and click Next.
  7. Click Browse and choose the network drive that Drake Accounting®  was installed on.
    1. Go to the DrakeAccounting20YY folder and double-click DrakeAccounting20YY.exe.
    2. Click Open and Next.
  8. Go through the rest of the installation process by clicking Install. 
  9. Once the installation process is complete, click Finish.

To install Drake Accounting® 2018:

  1. Go to Start > File browser > go to the network drive that Drake Accounting®  was installed on.
  2. Open the DrakeAccounting2018 folder.
  3. Click DrakeAccounting2018_ClientSetup.exe.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Accept the license agreement and click Next.
  6. Click Browse and choose the network drive that Drake Accounting®  was installed on.
  7. Go to the DrakeAccounting2018 folder and select DrakeAccounting2018.exe.
  8. Click Open and Next.
  9. Go through the rest of the installation process.
  10. Click Install and Finish once the installation is complete.

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