System Requirements

While Minute Menu CX is installed on your computer, all of the data you enter is stored on secure Internet servers maintained by Minute Menu. No data is stored on your computer. This means Minute Menu CX is a “thin client” application. It works much in the same way as any web browser (such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox)—it constantly downloads and upload information over the Internet. However, Minute Menu CX has been customized to meet the requirements of a system built for the USDA Food Program.

Supported Operating Systems

Computers must be running Microsoft Windows to use Minute Menu CX. The following Windows operating systems are supported:

  • Windows 11
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2


Minute Menu CX may require certain prerequisites (i.e., software that must be installed as part of your operating system), depending on your operating system. All prerequisites are checked by Minute Menu CX during installation. If any are not installed, the software will direct you to Microsoft's website so you can download them. The prerequisites are all free and provided by Microsoft to anyone who uses Windows.

Administrator Rights

You must have Administrator access to Windows to install Minute Menu CX. Our development team upgrades the Minute Menu CX thin client software frequently to enhance features and help the software run more smoothly. While administrator rights are not typically required, in some very rare cases it may be necessary to have administrator rights when these updates are installed.

Internet Access

Minute Menu CX requires Internet access. A dedicated connection (via WiFi, DSL, cable, satellite, or some other mechanism) is preferred to dial-up, but is not required. You can use the software with dial-up, but remember that you must be connected to the Internet while using it. Minute Menu CX also requires access to web services via a secure HTTP connection (HTTPS), which may require you to adjust your office firewall or proxy server. The following browsers are supported:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer 9

 Google Chrome is the recommended browser for using the CX product.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

Below are the minimum hardware requirements for running Minute Menu CX:

  • Hard Drive Space: 40MB
  • RAM: 1GB
  • CPU: 1GHz
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768

If you wish to print reports from Minute Menu CX, you must also have a printer.

Software Requirements

You must have one of the supported Internet browsers installed (refer back to the Internet Access heading, above) for some Internet-connected features to function properly. Also, some custom reports are generated as XLSX files, so we recommend that sponsors have Microsoft Excel installed in their offices to take advantage of this feature.