I was reminded again today about the reason we’ve been recommending that clients continue to ask for Windows 7 32 bit. We were helping a client install PFW for Windows 5.9 when we got a “Runtime error 449” (I think that was it). A Google of the error returned the information that 5.9 client was evidently not compatible with Win 7 x64.
Until all your software is up to date, and all your printers are new, we still recommend that you order 32 bit. Yep, it’ll be older, but it might just work with your software and printer drivers.
Dave Matthew has emailed me a couple of times telling me that I should take a look at his Peachtree vs. QuickBooks review. As per the usual review, there is the list of features with a checkmark in the column indicating whether each package has the feature. And therein lies the problem with all reviews of this type. The list of features is chosen not to be comprehensive, but to reflect whatever bias the review has.
In the products compared, I note quickly the omission of Intuit’s QuickBooks Enterprise Solution–considerably more expensive than the others, but lifting the 5 user limit.
Bottom line: if you’re looking for a review to tell you which product is “best,” you have to define what you mean by “best.” My experience is that “best” is different for every client. Don’t buy software based on reviews, and be very suspicious of any review you see. Ask yourself, does the reviewer have bias? What is it? What economic stake do they have in the outcome of your decision? (As an example, you should know that I work with QuickBooks. I also work with a Sage product and a Microsoft product in the same general space.)
Second bottom line: Most really small businesses (less than 5 users) don’t really need much accounting. They see it as a cost center, and use it to keep records they are required to keep. In this space, you can pretty much choose whatever you want. Most of our clients wind up picking QuickBooks for a simple reason: Most bookkeepers and accountants are familiar with it. Unfortunately, there’s no other software so ubiquitous.
David, I’m not sure that was what you wanted, but it’s the opinion of someone with just over 25 years experience in what is now the ERP space.
Peachtree vs Quickbooks | A Comparison for Small Business Owners