The below specification should be used as a guide and we recommend that you contact us before making a purchase. Note: The Sage Data Service has the same system requirements as Sage 50 Accounts v23.1.

Operating System(s)

All 32 and 64-bit variants of the following operating systems are supported:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2*
  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista
  • Windows Server 2008*
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7
  • Windows Server 2012 R2*
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8
  • Windows Server 2012*
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8.1
  • Windows Server 2016*
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10

*Running software like Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft SQL Server on a Small Business Server will reduce the performance of Sage over a network. We are currently investigating the cause of this issue.

Please Note: We do not recommend the use of Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 or 2008 with Sage 50 Accounts v23. The installation of Sage 50 Accounts v23 on SBS is blocked by default but, if required, you can still install the software by following the steps in article 32387. For further information on SBS 2011, please refer to article 30792.


2GHz processor or higher


4GB RAM if running a 64-bit operating system

Hard Drive Space:

5GB Free Hard Disk Space


1Gbps network (100mbps minimum).
Screen resolution between 1024 x 768 and 1920 x 1080
Max DPI Setting of 125%

Performance is improved with higher specification PCs and networks. A Netbook PC, running an entry level operating system, will require less advanced hardware. Sage 50 Accounts uses the Sage System Checker when you install the software. This checks that your PC meets the recommended requirements for Sage 50 Accounts. If you have any further queries about this, please refer to article 27858.

Please Note: Sage Account v23.1 requires you to install the Sage Data Service on the machine where your data is held. If this is not possible, you will not be able to share your data on that machine. Although not supported, previous versions may have worked as they did not use the Sage Data Service. For more information on storing your data on non-Windows operating systems, please refer to article 24287.


Internet Explorer version 10 or above.

Please Note: A broadband Internet connection with a minimum download speed of 2mbps is essential to keep your Sage software up to date, and to take full advantage of its features.

  • Office 365 Business Premium**
  • Office 2016 32-bit edition
  • Office 2013 32-bit edition
  • Office 2010 32-bit edition*
  • Office 2007*

*Not compatible with Office 2010 32-bit starter edition. For further information about Microsoft Office compatibility, please refer to article 32017.
Office 2007 and Office 2010 are no longer supported by Microsoft, therefore we’re limited in the support we can offer. We can help with basic steps, however if these do not work you should upgrade your software to a supported version.

**Sage Intelligence is supported with Excel 2013 or 2016 and excel online.
**Sage Contact Outlook 2013 or 2016 and Outlook Web Access

Antivirus Software

To optimise performance your antivirus software should be configured to exclude Sage files from its checking routines. For further information, please refer to article 12122.

Important Information about Windows XP

Microsoft ended all support for Windows XP in April 2014 including important security updates. This means that your computer and your data may be significantly vulnerable to malicious security attacks. We take the protection of your data extremely seriously which is why new versions of Sage 50 Accounts v21 will no longer install or operate on Windows XP.

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