The majority of the contents in this guide apply to both StudioPlus Spectra AND myStratus Desktop.
In most cases, instructions referring to "Spectra" also apply to myStratus Desktop.


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Installing myStratus Desktop

NOTE: This feature is available in the Standard, Professional, and Enterprise versions of myStratus Desktop. Spectra does not include this feature.

The myStratus Desktop app works with the myStratus business management software by StudioPlus Software. You must have a current subscription to myStratus Standard, Professional, or Enterprise in order to use the desktop app. Please note, we recommend an internet speed of 7 up and 25 down in order for myStratus to run at its peak efficiency.

Installation Overview

Okay, let’s get started! Before you can use myStratus Desktop, it must be installed on each computer you plan to use it on. The installation process will copy files and create settings based on your particular needs.

System Requirements

Make sure your system meets the minimum system requirements to properly run myStratus Desktop:

Operating System 64 Bit Windows 10 or higher
Processor Pentium dual core or AMD equivalent processor or higher
Minimum RAM
4 GB
Recommended RAM 8 GB
Hard Disk Space for Program Files
32 GM
Hard Disk Space for Data Files 5 - 20 MB
Monitor Resolution
1024 x 768 or better

Additional Requirements:

  • The Windows user must have local administrative rights on each computer myStratus is being installed on.

Installation Instructions

  1. Download the current myStratus Desktop installer from the Downloads page of the StudioPlus website. (Save the installer to a shared folder if you’ll be installing myStratus Desktop on multiple computers.)
  2. If you're upgrading your myStratus Desktop software, uninstall the version currently on your computer before installing the new version.

  3. Find the myStratus Desktop installer you saved in step 1 and run it.

  4. When the installation is finished, start your myStratus Desktop software.

  5. The first time you launch the software, you will be prompted to enter your myStratus Account Name, which is the same thing as your sub-domain. For example, if you use "" to log in to your myStratus website, then "TheStudio" would be your account name. This information was provided in the email you received when you signed up for myStratus.

  6. You will receive a message that your IP address has not been "authorized" for use. This is a security measure to prevent unauthorized access to your account. You will only need to authorize an IP address once. To do so, you’ll need to enter your StudioPlus Customer Account Number and Password. This information was provided in the email you received when you signed up for myStratus.


Most Internet service providers automatically assign your IP address and they may change it without warning! So, you may be working fine one day and get a message the following day that your IP address has not been "authorized," requiring you to authorize the new one by entering your account number and password again. To avoid this, we suggest you check with your ISP and request a "Static IP Address" that will never change. There may be an additional cost, but it shouldn’t be much. Also, this may be a good time to see what bandwidth speeds you’re currently paying for. You may be able to upgrade for a few dollars more each month, giving you a faster experience in general and when using myStratus Desktop. See also: FAQ - myStratus Firewall

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