Download & Installation Instructions

This page contains our trial payroll software download and installation instructions. We recommend you print this page before you begin your download. Prior to downloading the trial payroll software, write down the key code. This is necessary to activate the program after installation.


Click the DOWNLOAD button with arrow next to it on any of the editions page.


Step 1

Save this program to disk. We recommend you use this option. It will save the file to your hard drive. The download file is too large to save on a floppy disk. Save it on your Desktop or on drive c:\.

  • Click "Save this program to disk."
  • Click OK.
  • Click the dropdown arrow in the Save In text box and select Desktop or C:\. For multiple workstations, save to your server's C:\ drive or common location path.
  • Note the download path and filename, PS18 -trial.exe
  • Click Save.
  • After software download is complete, close your Internet connection and all other programs including any anti-virus programs.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Multiple Workstations/Networks. Select option 1. "Save this program to disk." Save the file to your server's C:\ drive. Have each workstation install the trial from the server.

Step 2

Run the program from its current location. The trial will install directly from our site. When the Installation Wizard appears, follow the instructions on your screen.


(You will be able to use all information entered in the trial if you purchase the full version.)

Whether you choose to "Run the program from its current location" or "Save this program to disk", be sure to close all programs, including any anti-virus programs before installing

If you have saved the trial file on your Desktop, double-click the PS 18-trial.exe icon. When the installation wizard starts, follow the instructions that appear.

If you saved the trial file on your C:\ drive or another location, click Start, Run.

  • In the Run dialogue box, type C:\PS 18-trial.exe, or browse for the directory where you saved the file.
  • Click OK.
  • Follow the instructions that appear.


The setup program will prompt you for a path to install the program. This trial should be installed at C:\Program Files\PenSoft\Payroll 2018. Or, click Browse to change the directory location if you did not install it in the default location. Select the program group where your software is currently installed.


Install the trial on each individual workstation. Not recommended, as you will have to update all computers when the full version is purchased.


If you experience any problems downloading or installing your trial payroll software, please contact PenSoft support.



PenSoft support hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday. All times are Eastern.