Install and configure EVOPOS in 3 steps

  1. Download installation files from or find files on another PC / NAS / USB
  2. Run setup.exe to install EVOPOS and its dependencies
  3. Connect EVOPOS to a database by entering the connection details, or setup a new database


  • Windows computer
  • Installation files
    • Download from
    • Find the files in EvoposShared\Install\EvoposDesktop
      • C:\EvoposShared on the server computer
      • Z:\EvoposShared if there is a network share
  • Database server connection details
    • Find these details in EVOPOS\Settings\Default Database
    • The username and password are either the default and you do not need to change them, or they are custom credentials.

Download from

Download the full EVOPOS installation package (200mb) from our website: (You will need to log in or register your details to download Evopos).

  1. After downloading run the Evopos.exe file.
  2. If your security software comes up with a warning select ‘Allow’ or ‘Ok’. If asked to Over-write existing files select: 'Yes to all' When complete select ‘Finish’ or ‘Close’.
  3. This will extract all of the installation files onto your C Drive in the EvoposShared folder, we recommend sharing this folder if you are installing on multiple work stations.


Access files from your local network

Find installation files on your local network in folder: EvoposShared\Install\EvoposDesktop\setup.exe

Installing Evopos

  1. The Evopos Setup file (\EvoposShared\Install\EvoposDesktop\setup.exe) will run automatically on the first computer after extracting the setup files. You can also install Evopos manually by running the above file.
  2. If any Evopos dependencies (Crystal Reports etc) are not installed, it should attempt to install these.
  3. When the Evopos Installation screen is displayed, confirm the licence agreement and click next.
  4. When Evopos is installed you will see the Evopos icon on your desktop to start Evopos.

Running Evopos

  1. Double Click on the Evopos icon to open Evopos.
  2. If Evopos cannot find the database (eg: the first time Evopos is run), it will show a Database Connection screen.


Creating a New Database

Evopos will install Microsoft SQL Server, if you already have this installed you are able to create a database on any installed instance.

  1. When the Database Connection screen comes up, select New Database
  2. You will be prompted to install SQL server, select Yes
  3. Evopos will then download and install SQL Server. If the installation fails please follow the troubleshooting steps
  4. Once installed follow the prompts to create the database and restore a blank database backup.


  • If running Windows 8 or later it may say the version of SQL is incompatible, if so just select to run it anyway.
  • If other computers on the network will connect to the database see 'Allow other computers on the Network to connect' section below


Microsoft SQL Server can fail to install depending your computer configuration.
  • Restart your computer and try again
  • Check your version of Windows is compatible with SQL Server 2008 R2

Allowing Network Access

Before other computers will be able to connect to the database we need to allow exceptions in the firewall for the SQL Server services.

  1. Select Start / Control Panel / Windows Firewall
  2. Select Exceptions or Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall
  3. Select Allow another program, select Browse and set the following two programs:
  4. C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\SQLBrowser.exe
  5. C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.x\MSSQL\Binn\Sqlservr.exe (Note - x is normally 1 however if other instances were setup first it may be a later number. Look in the Data folder for the EvoposMain (or BBSMain on earlier installs) database files to ensure you have the correct instance .
  6. If installing on other computers then share the Installation folder (eg: \EvoposShared or \BBSCD) so that other computers can access it.
  7. If connecting across the internet you will need to set up the router / modem to direct the SQL port to the appropriate computer. See: Connecting to the database

Connect to an Existing Database

You can connect to an existing database installed on your local network.

  1. To connect to a database you will need to know the connection details
  2. The main detail you need to know is the Computer name or IP address
  3. Enter the computer name into the SQL Server Name box
  4. Click Connect

If you cannot connect this could be down to a number of reasons:
  • Your connection details are incorrect
  • You do not have access to the computer you are trying to connect to

Minimum Specification Guide 2024


  • Windows 10
  • 4GB RAM

Server Small - 1-5 workstations

  • Windows 10
  • i5
  • 8GB RAM

Server Medium - 5-10 workstations

  • Windows 10
  • i7
  • 16GB RAM

Server Large - 10+ workstations

  • Windows 10
  • i7
  • 32GB RAM

Minimum Specification 2015

  • Windows XP SP3 or later
  • 1GB RAM or greater (4GB+ recommended)
  • 20GB free Hard disk space (80GB on server recommended)

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