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What are the minimum system requirements for TurboTax CD/Download?

SOLVEDby TurboTax59Updated January 21, 2022

Below are the system requirements for TurboTax Basic, Deluxe, Premier, Home & Business, and TurboTax 20 for tax year 2021:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1, Windows 10, or Windows 11 (Windows 7 and 8 not supported)
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 11.0 or later
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM or more
  • Hard Drive Space: 500 MB free hard drive space
  • .NET Framework: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 (Windows 10 already includes the necessary .NET Framework files)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or faster (broadband connection recommended)
  • Display: 1024x768 minimum resolution; 16-bit or higher colour
  • CD Drive: CD drive required if you're installing from a CD (alternatively, you can download TurboTax from the internet)
  • Third-Party Software: Adobe Reader 10 or later (or compatible PDF reader)
  • Audio: Windows-compatible sound card and speakers or headphones if you need to access support content in multimedia format
  • Printer: Any printer supported by your version of Windows

If your computer doesn't meet the minimum requirements, you can consider using TurboTax online editions.

Note: You can install TurboTax for the tax year 2021 on up to three computers. Also, before you start using TurboTax, you need to activate it over the internet.

Below are the system requirements for TurboTax Basic, Standard, Premier, Home & Business, and TurboTax 20 for tax year 2020:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Windows 8 (Windows 7 not supported)
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 11.0 or later
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM or more
  • Hard Drive Space: 500 MB free hard drive space. If Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 isn't installed already, you'll need an additional 4.5 GB of hard drive space (Windows 10 already includes the necessary .NET Framework files)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or faster (broadband connection recommended)
  • Display: 1024x768 minimum resolution; 16-bit or higher colour
  • CD Drive: CD drive required if you're installing from a CD (alternatively, you can download TurboTax from the Internet)
  • Third-Party Software: Adobe Reader 10 or later (or compatible PDF reader)
  • Audio: Windows-compatible sound card and speakers or headphones if you need to access support content in multimedia format
  • Printer: Any printer supported by your version of Windows

If your computer doesn't meet the minimum requirements, you can consider using TurboTax online editions.

Note: You can install TurboTax for the tax year 2020 on up to three computers. Also, before you start using TurboTax, you need to activate it over the Internet.

Below are the system requirements for TurboTax Basic, Standard, Premier, Home & Business, and TurboTax 20 for tax year 2019:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Windows 8
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or later
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM or more
  • Hard Drive Space: 300 MB free hard drive space (approximately). If Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 is not installed already, you'll need an additional 4.5 GB of hard drive space (Windows 10 already includes the necessary .NET Framework files)
  • Internet Connection: 56 Kbps or faster (broadband connection recommended)
  • Display: 1024x768 minimum resolution; 16-bit or higher colour
  • CD Drive: CD drive required if you're installing from a CD (alternatively, you can download TurboTax from the internet)
  • Third Party Software: Adobe Reader 10 or later (or compatible PDF reader)
  • Audio: Windows-compatible sound card and speakers or headphones if you need to access support content in multimedia format
  • Printer: Any printer supported by your version of Windows

If your computer doesn't meet the minimum requirements, you can consider using TurboTax online editions.

Note: You can install TurboTax for tax year 2019 on up to three computers. Also, before you start using TurboTax, you need to activate it over the internet or telephone.

Below are the system requirements for TurboTax Free, Basic, Standard, Premier, Home & Business, and TurboTax 20 for tax year 2018:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Operating System: Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or later
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM or more
  • Hard Drive Space: 300 MB free hard drive space (approximately). If Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 isn't installed already, you'll need an additional 4.5 GB of hard drive space (Windows 10 already includes the necessary .NET Framework files)
  • Internet Connection: 56 Kbps or faster (broadband connection recommended)
  • Display: 1024x768 minimum resolution; 16-bit or higher colour
  • CD Drive: CD drive required if you're installing from a CD (alternatively, you can download TurboTax from the internet)
  • Third Party Software: Adobe Reader 10 or later (or compatible PDF reader)
  • Audio: Windows-compatible sound card and speakers or headphones if you need to access support content in multimedia format
  • Printer: Any printer supported by your version of Windows

If your computer doesn't meet the minimum requirements, you can consider using TurboTax online editions.

Note: You can install TurboTax for tax year 2018 on up to three computers. Also, before you start using TurboTax, you need to activate it over the internet or telephone.

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