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Minimum Requirements for Your Computer

For easy tax preparation, make sure your computer meets these standards.

Windows® CD/Download Products:

Below are the minimum requirements for TurboTax 2012 software installed on a Windows computer. The 2012 versions are Basic, Deluxe, Premier, Home & Business, and Business.

  • Processor: 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or faster processor
  • Operating Systems:
    • Windows XP (32-bit) Home/Pro with Service Pack 3 or higher
    • Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate
    • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Administrative rights required
  • RAM: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
  • Monitor:
    • 800×600 screen resolution (1024×768 recommended)
  • Internet Connection: 56 Kbps modem (Broadband connection recommended)
  • Third Party Software
    • Microsoft .NET 4 (included with TurboTax Installer)
    • Adobe Reader 8 or higher
  • CD-ROM Drive: 2X CD-ROM drive
  • Hard Disk Space:
    • Federal Products: 500 MB for TurboTax (plus up to 1.5 GB for Microsoft .NET 4 if not already installed)
    • State Products: 15 MB
    • Federal plus State Products: 515 MB for TurboTax (plus up to 1.5 GB for Microsoft .NET 4 if not already installed)
  • Printer: Any Windows-compatible inkjet or laser printer

Mac CD/Download Products:

Below are the minimum requirements for TurboTax 2012 software installed on a Mac computer. The TurboTax 2012 versions are Basic, Deluxe, Premier, and Home & Business. TurboTax Business is not available for the Mac.

  • Processor:
    • Intel-based 64-bit Processor
  • Operating System:
    • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later
    • Mac OS X v10.7.5 or later
    • Mac OS X v10.8.0 or later
    Note: 64-bit required for Mac OS 10.6.8

  • Monitor: 1024×768 screen resolution
  • RAM: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
  • Internet Connection: 56 Kbps modem (Broadband connection recommended)
  • CD-ROM Drive: 2X CD-ROM drive
  • Hard Disk Space:
    • Federal Products: 330 MB
    • State Products: 30 MB
    • Federal plus State Products: 360 MB
  • Printer: Any Macintosh-compatible inkjet or laser printer

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