As we indicated in previous blog posts, Microsoft® stopped supporting Windows® XP in April 2014. We knew that once Microsoft stopped supporting it, we wouldn’t be too far behind.
Throughout this past tax season, we retained TaxCycle’s support for Windows® XP to help preparers transition. With the 2014 tax season now a thing of the past, it’s time for us to end support.
TaxCycle and DoxCycle are built for the newer operating systems, so they will perform better on them than XP. Neither one will install or run on Windows XP as of the next major release scheduled for late May 2015.
If you run Windows® Vista, Windows® 7 or Windows® 8, TaxCycle and DoxCycle run just the same. If you run Windows® Vista or Windows® 7, remember to update to NET 4.5.1. You should also do this update if you run Windows® Server 2008 (Service Pack 2) or newer. Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows® 2003 in July 2015 and is no longer eligible for .NET 4.5.1.
To support TLS 1.21, you will require .NET Framework version 4.5.1. This is included by default in Windows® 8 and Windows® 8.1, and is available as a free update to Windows® 7 and Windows® Vista.
If you are running Windows® 7 or Windows® Vista, the next TaxCycle release will check for .NET 4.5.1 when you install and ask you to install it if it isn't already.
Unsure of your .NET version?
TaxCycle already automatically detects what version of .NET is running. Open TaxCycle and look in the Support section on the Start screen or under Help in the File menu.
If you are running anything older than .NET Framework 4.5.1, please download and install the update:
Download the full offline .NET 4.5.1 installer here
Read instructions on using Windows® Update to install .NET 4.5.1
1 Transport Layer Security: a protocol that provides communications security over the Internet to prevent eavesdropping, tampering or message forgery.