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Shortcuts System Requirements

Check out the below system requirements before installing or upgrading Shortcuts to make sure your computer is up to scratch!

Before installing Shortcuts or upgrading your system, please ensure that your computer meets these requirements. If you’re not sure, please feel free to reach out to your Shortcuts representative who will be able to check this for you.

Performance requirements


  CPU Passmark Score RAM Free hard drive space
Server Requirements
No additional terminals/remote connections (standalone) 2000+ 8GB+ 10GB+
1-2 additional terminals/remote connections 3500+ 8GB+ 10GB+
3-4 additional terminals/remote connections 6000+ 8GB+ 10GB+
5+ additional terminals/remote connections* 8000+ 16GB+ 10GB+
Client Requirements 
Per client (additional terminal) 2000+ 8GB+ 10GB+

Please contact us on 1300 667 374 prior to checking on a machine to implement as a server.

Software requirements

  Standalone server or client Server: Up to 4 additional terminals connected
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro Recommended and supported Recommended and supported
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Supported Supported
Mac supported on Boot Camp (with Windows installed) Supported Supported
Mac supported on Parallels/VMWare Fusion(with Windows installed) Supported Supported
  • For Server: 5 or more additional terminals connected please contact us on 1300 667 374 to discuss the requirements.
  • Due to incompatibility issues any Mac running a M1 chip will NOT be supported. This requires Windows ARM64 which is still in BETA and is only available via Parallels 16.5.


We recommend using SSD drives over hard drives for the best performance. If you would like to use an operating system not listed here, please contact Shortcuts to assess its suitability. We strongly recommend that you invest in a reputable and configurable antivirus software.


  • BootCamp is a free tool that allows Windows to run on your Mac and is our recommended configuration.
  • You will need to purchase a Windows license.
  • Bootcamp allows Windows to use all of the computing power available.

Parallels or VMWare Fusion

  • If you prefer this solution, we recommend you install twice there commended RAM on your Mac. This is because the Mac operating system and the Windows operating system will be running at the same time. If you do not install more RAM, Windows will only be able to access half of the computing resources of your Mac.
  • You will need to purchase either Parallels or VMWare Fusion and a Windows license.
  • You may need to seek additional assistance from a reputable technician to successfully implement Parallels VMWare Fusion.
  • You will not be able to use Shortcuts Integrated EFTPOS terminals when using Parallels or VMWare Fusion.


Shortcuts supports both wireless and cabled/local area network. Cabled/local area networks tend to provide additional stability.

If you are using an integrated payment provider or credit card system, we recommend you use a cabled local area network.

You will need a high speed internet connection so keep that in mind!


A CPU passmark score indicates how fast your computer really is. The bigger your score, the faster it is. It’s that simple! Your CPU passmark score must meet the requirements outlined in the performance requirements above.


You can find your CPU by asking your local retailer, or by following these steps

  1. Open Windows Explorer/File Explorer
  2. Right click on Computer/This PC
  3. Click Properties
  4. Find your CPU under the System > Processor heading


  1. Visit
  2. Enter your CPU details in the Find a CPU field. You won’t need to enter your entire CPU, just the details highlighted below:

3. Your CPU will appear, highlighted in yellow, with the CPU passmark score directly to the right.


Check this score against the table above.

P.S. If at any time you need a hand, please get in touch with our 24/7 Helpdesk on 1300 667 374.