QuickBooks POS: Install Additional Workstations

QuickBooks Point of Sale can be networked to allow up to ten workstations simultaneous access to the program across a network within a store; one Server Workstation and up to nine client workstations. About Server and Client Workstations.

Note: Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and wireless networks tend to be low bandwidth (slow) and therefore are not recommended for use with Point of Sale. These network configurations may be unreliable.

Use this procedure to install additional Client workstations to an existing Point of Sale server installation. If multiple workstations are to concurrently access the Point of Sale company data, each must have a separately purchased user license and all computers on the network must have the same version (e.g. 10.0) and level (e.g. Pro) of Point of Sale installed. About Point of Sale licensing.

For additional information or if you need to install the Server Workstation, read the Point of Sale User Guide (launches electronic version in a separate window)

To install an additional client workstation:

  1. If necessary, network your computers, following the instructions for your networking hardware and software.

  2. Close all running programs, except Windows, on the computer that you are installing as a Client.

  3. Put the QuickBooks Point of Sale CD into your CD-ROM drive (if installing from a downloaded file, follow the instructions provided).

The install Wizard will launch automatically. If it doesn’t, browse to the Setup.exe file on the CD and double-click it to start the installation.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the program files to the client workstation:

  • Enter License and Product numbers from the CD holder purchased for the workstation or enter the same numbers used on the Server Workstation (with the latter choice, the Client will be able to run Point of Sale only if the Server Workstation closes the program)

  • Read and accept the license agreement.

  • Select Client Workstation as the installation type.

  • Accept the default installation folder (recommended) or browse and enter an alternate folder name on this workstation. Do not browse to the server’s installation folder over the network! Each workstation must have the program files installed locally.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.

  2. With the Server Workstation running (Point of Sale does not have to be open), launch Point of Sale on the Client workstation..

  3. Connect to the company data on the Server workstation.

If only one company data file exists on the network, you are automatically connected. If multiple files exist, a list is displayed and you can select a file.

  1. When prompted, select a workstation number for this computer. If using passwords, log in using the user name and password assigned to you when prompted.

  2. When the Hardware Setup Wizard appears, follow the on-screed directions to connect and configure any Point of Sale hardware you have purchased.

  3. Merge the Client license with the Server license if prompted.


  • The Server Workstation has all program, company data, and the database application files installed. Client workstations install the program files, but access the company data file across the network to carry out program activities.

  • The following activities cannot be done on a client workstation:

  • Creation of a Point of Sale company data file

  • Exchanging data with QuickBooks financial software

  • Accessing Intuit servers online to manage program license information

  • Importing data with the Data Import Tool

  • (Pro) Store Exchange with other stores

  • It is recommended that you check for and install available program updates immediately after adding a workstation. If installing updates, make sure you update all workstation on your network.

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