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Installing Lacerte on a New Computer (Network)

last updated ‎July 20, 2020 10:37 PM

Installing Lacerte on a New Computer (Network)

How do I install Lacerte on a new computer on our network?


In networked environments, the Lacerte client data and program options are usually stored on a central computer/server and the Lacerte program is installed on each workstation. If this is your configuration and you are adding a new computer to your network, you will need install Lacerte and then point your data paths and system file paths to the server.

Important: The steps in this article are recommended for 2007 - 2017 Lacerte programs. For 2006 and prior year programs, we recommend installing those years as standalones and then changing your data path and system file paths to the server. Installing 2006 and prior year programs as standalones will improve the performance of those years.

Additionally, it is recommended (based upon your specific network requirements) that you turn on the encryption in SMB 3 as outlined in this Microsoft Technet blog, https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/filecab/2012/05/03/smb-3-security-enhancements-in-windows-server-2012/, as this will encrypt the data being transmitted between the file share on the server and the clients requesting the data.

Installing Lacerte Tax to Additional Workstations

If you chose to share your master options and updates with other computers in the office, you can use that path to install additional workstations instead of downloading it from MyAccount.

To install additional workstations:

  1. Go the workstations on which you want to install Lacerte.
  2. Click on the Start button and click Run or hold down the Windows key+R.
  3. Type the Shared File Path for you network. (Example: x:Lacerte16Taxsetup16taxsetup.exe. Use the correct drive letter and directory for your network if not X:lacerte)

    If unsure where the Shared File Path is pointing to, go to another workstation that already has Lacerte installed and press F10 while in the program.  On the System Information tab, look for the System File Path.  Then press the Windows key + R to open the Run command line and type System File Path plus setup??taxsetup.exe (?? = tax year).  Example: x:Lacerte16taxSetup16taxsetup.exe

  1. Enter the local installation path and click Next. (This defaults to C:Lacerte??Tax. "??" represents the tax year.)
  2. Press Back to change any settings or Press Install to begin the installation.
  3. Click Launch to start the program, when the installation is complete.

For information on how to install 2006 and prior year programs as standalone installs, see Installing Lacerte on a New Computer (Standalone).

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