Using AccountEdge on a Catalina or Big Sur computer
Article ID: 2025242 Last updated: 16 February 2021
1. Use Parallels to run AccountEdge for Mac
• The Parallels solution does not currently support Apple's new M1 processors.
• The Parallels solution is currently only available to computers using Intel processors.
• This page will be updated as information becomes available about Parallels' support for M1 processors.
Popular software like Parallels allows you to run an earlier version of the macOS alongside Catalina or Big Sur.
Using AccountEdge under Parallels provides a native environment for you to continue using AccountEdge for Mac on macOS Catalina and Big Sur.
Parallels effectively provides you with a second desktop with which to use AccountEdge for Mac in exactly the manner to which you are accustom.
2. Use a secondary computer
If you have a secondary Mac computer that has yet to be updated to Catalina or Big Sur, you can continue to use AccountEdge on that machine. AccountEdge will continue to receive payroll tax updates and upgrades in the future.
Click here to view our system requirements and verify if your old Mac will work with your version of AccountEdge.
3. Downgrade your macOS
On computers that have been upgraded from an earlier macOS, it may be possible to roll back your Catalina or Big Sur installation and return to an earlier macOS. This option may not be available if your computer came with macOS Catalina or Big Sur pre-installed.
Speak to Apple or your IT administrator for advice about downgrading your macOS.
4. Create a partition to install two different macOS versions on the same computer
It's possible to partition your Mac to install Catalina or Big Sur alongside your current version of macOS. This provides the option to 'duel boot' your computer, allowing you to select or another macOS when turning on your computer.
Speak to Apple or your IT administrator for advice about partitioning your Mac.
5. Start your computer from an external hard disk to run an earlier macOS
This option is similar to option 4 but instead of partitioning your existing hard disk, you install a second macOS on an external hard disk, providing the option to 'dual boot' your computer into one or the other macOS.
Speak to Apple or your IT administrator for advice about installing macOS on an external hard disk.