Small Business Accounting Software: QuickBooks Add-ons

Speed Up QuickBooks

Is QuickBooks slow? Here are many ways for you to speed it up.


Increase main memory to 128 MB minimum, preferably 256 MB for workstations and 512 MB or more on servers. These official Quickbooks minimum main memory requirements DO NOT consider how common it is to have other programs open while you run QuickBooks: 2001 - 64 MB; 2002 - 64 MB; 2003 - 96 MB; 2004 - 96 MB.

Increase CPU speed to 1 GHz and drives to EIDE or better. New computers are about four times as fast as four year old computers, so they quickly save you time and money.

Delete references to QuickBooks related programs in the Windows Startup folder. This includes Axelbridge, Axelbridge1, QBAgent, QBDagent, QBDagent1, QBupdate, QBserver and QBupdate. To do this in Windows XP click Start, All programs, Startup to get to where to delete. The procedure is slightly different in other Windows versions.

Turn off Automatic Update in Quickbooks. Enter File, Update QuickBooks , Options, Turn off Automatic Update.

Edit QuickBooks Preferences.

    Accounting - Turn off Use audit trail.

    Desktop View - Turn off Navigators - Show Company Navigator

    Desktop View - Turn on Don't save the desktop.

    General - Turn off Warn when editing.

    General - Turn off Warn when deleting.

    Reminders - Turn off all

Check the QuickBooks file for errors. Repair it if necessary with the File Repair Procedures.

Optimize computers by defragging (optimizing) hard drives, making sure you have more than 10% free space and using programs like Ad-Aware for spyware, ZoneAlarm for security and Norton System Works for Windows, cleanup and viruses. Delete old email and other files.

Archive and Condense QuickBooks files annually or more often after reconciling all bank accounts and turning ofdf audit trails. Use QuickBooks Enterprise for files larget than 60 mb, especially with many active users or reports.

Use a server and fast network cards. Do not use a computer with QuickBooks data as a workstation. There is a Windows setting to optimize computers for remote use. This helps, but is less important than not having users actually use the QuickBooks data computer.

Use Microsoft Windows Terminal Server or a Citrix host with more than 5 total computers on a network, even if only a few use QuickBooks.

Split Processing with QuickBooks Add-ons. Many Add-ons record most of their entries in separate databases and only record occasional summary entries in QuickBooks data files.

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