The Method Integration Engine is a small program that runs in the background syncing data between Method and QuickBooks Desktop. If you are having problems installing the Method Sync Engine, you may want to make sure you have the correct requirements.

Requirements

  • The Method Integration Engine is available for Windows only.
  • Windows 7 and higher is supported. 
  • The minimum requirements for your computer should match the minimum requirements stated by QuickBooks Desktop. It would be better to have the recommended requirements.
  • .Net 4.0 and .Net 3.5 - this is handled by the installer. But to enable it manually, please see below.

Windows 10 & 8 Considerations

  • Some recent versions of Windows (8, 8.1, 10) enable .Net 4 by default and DO NOT enable 3.5 by default. In those cases, users will be prompted to download and install 3.5 during the Method install. If you wish the install to be faster, enable .Net 3.5 before installing the Method Integration Engine. This is outlined below.

Windows Server Considerations (2012 R2, 2008 R2, etc)

  • Similar to above, .Net 3.5 is not enabled by default. If it is not enabled, the installer will stop and prompt the user to complete this task. Please enable .Net 3.5 as outlined below.
  • After it is enable, the install needs to be restarted. For more information, see our article How to Install on a Windows Server.

Windows 7 Considerations

  • By default, .Net 3.5 should be enabled. If it has been disabled, it will need to be re-enabled, and should follow a similar install path to Windows 8 and 10.

How to Enable .NET 3.5 SP1 on Windows 8.x or Windows 10

To enable .NET 3.5 SP1 on a Windows 8.x or 10 operating system, perform the following steps below:

  1. Open Control Panel, Program and Features (or Control Panel, Uninstall a program depending on your view setting).
  2. Click Turn Windows features on or off.
  3. In the window that appears, check .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0).
  4. Click OK. Windows will search for required files, or specifically, for Windows source files. This may take a few minutes.
  5. If Windows finds the local source files (or files used to originally install Windows 8), Windows will finalize the installation of .NET 3.5. then click Close to exit.

Note, if Windows does not find local source files, it will prompt you to download required files from Windows Update.

  1. Click Download files from Windows Update.
  2. Windows will download the required files and finalize the installation of .NET 3.5. This may take a few minutes. Click Close to exit.

How to Enable .NET 3.5 SP1 on Windows Server 2012

To enable .NET 3.5 SP1 on  Windows Server 2012 operating system:

  1. Open Control Panel, Program and Features (or Control Panel, Uninstall a program depending on your view setting).
  2. Click Turn Windows features on or off.
  3. The Add Roles and Features Wizard window should appear. Review this information first.
  4. After reviewing the information, click Next.
  5. From the Select installation type screen, select Role-based or feature-based installation and click [Next].
  6. From the Select Server Selection screen verify the correct server is selected.
  7. Click [Next] on the Select Server Roles screen.
  8. In the Select Features screen, click the triangle icon next to .NET Framework 3.5 Features to expand it. 
  9. Checkmark .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0).
  10. If the Add Roles and Features Window appears, click Add Features.
  11. After checking the above selection, click [Next].
  12. Continue clicking [Next] until you reach the Confirm installation selections screen.
  13. On the Confirm installation selections page, verify .NET 3.5 features are on the list. You have two options:
    - If the source files for Windows Server 2012 are on the local computer, or if you are unsure, click Install.
    - If source files for Windows Server 2012 installation are not on the local computer, click Specify an alternate source path near the bottom of the screen and installation files and then click Install.
  14. If the .NET 3.5 features were installed successfully, you should see a message confirming the installation was successful.
  15. Close out of Control Panel.

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