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Minimum system requirements for TurboTax Windows software

SOLVEDby TurboTaxTurboTax Windows8680Updated March 14, 2022

Here are the minimum system requirements for TurboTax 2018 through 2021 software for Windows Basic, Deluxe, Premier, Home & Business, and Business editions. We no longer sell or support TurboTax for 2017 or earlier tax years.

Operating System

  • 2021: Windows 8.1 or higher (Windows 8 not supported)
  • 2020: Windows 8 or higher (Windows 7 not supported)
  • 2019: Windows 10, Windows 8.0/8.1. Although TurboTax 2019 will install on Windows 7 (Service Pack 1 or later), we strongly recommend upgrading your operating system before installing
  • 2018: Windows 10, Windows 8.0/8.1, or Windows 7 (Service Pack 1 or later)

Administrator rights are required to install and run TurboTax.

Processor: Pentium 4 or Athlon or later

Hard Drive Space

  • 2020 - 2021: 1 GB for TurboTax (plus up to 4.5 GB for Microsoft .NET 4.5.2 if not already installed)
  • 2019: 2 GB, plus up to 4.5 GB for Microsoft.NET 4.5.2 client if not already installed
  • 2018: 650 MB, plus up to 4.5 GB for Microsoft.NET 4.5.2 client if not already installed


  • 2019 - 2021: 2 GB or more recommended
  • 2018: 1 GB or more recommended

CD/DVD drive if installing from the CD.

Internet connection

  • 2020 - 2021: 1 Mbps modem (broadband connection highly recommended). Required for product activation, software updates and optional online features
  • 2019: 1 Mbps recommended speed. Internet connection is required for product activation and updates
  • 2018: 56 Kbps to e-file and download updates (broadband recommended)

Monitor resolution: 1024x768 or higher recommended

To view your tax forms onscreen, you'll need Adobe Reader 11 or higher (plus a Windows-compatible printer if you want to print paper copies).

Note: If you just meet the minimum system requirements, TurboTax may run slowly on your computer. We recommend exceeding these requirements for best performance.

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