Do I need special software to use the Companies House Web Incorporation Service?



My partner and me are interested in starting a company. I’ve seen what agents have to offer, but I would like to go direct through Companies House just to be safe. But I’m concerned about the service they run. Will I need special software to use it?




Hi Charlie,

Most people do not encounter any problems with the software requirements for Companies House WebFiling service, so your computer or laptop is most likely enabled. For clarity, the software requirements are as follows:

  • W3 compliant browser:
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer v7.0 or later
  • Netscape Navigator v4.72 or later
  • Mozilla v1.1 or later
  • Opera v5 or later

Your browser must have JavaScript enabled and be capable of supporting 128bit SSL.

The Minimum system requirements for Adobe Reader version 7.0.9 and above are as follows:


  • Intel® Pentium® processor
  • Microsoft© Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional or Home Edition, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • 128MB of RAM
  • Up to 90MB of available hard-disk space Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher


  • PowerPC® G3 processor
  • Mac OS X v.10.2.8 or 10.3
  • Up to 35MB of RAM
  • Up to 125MB of available hard-disk space

For detailed guidance on using Companies House WebFiling service, please take a look at this help and support page.

a year ago

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