Audacity 2.x causing Blue Screen of Death on Windows XP

Installed the latest Audacity from your website, after the installation - BSOD.
I restart it, everything works, until I start pressing some buttons in Audacity - BSOD.

NO, my system is NOT unstable, EVERYTHING works perfectly fine, except Audacity. Even other sound editing programs work like a charm, but Audacity doesn’t. You’ve been having this problem reported since 1.x versions and still isn’t fixed, and I’m also tired of blaming a user for what obviously is a software bug; too many people have reported this problem with perfectly stable and functioning machines.

All my drivers are up-to-date, everything is.
I have 2GB RAM DDR3 which should be more than enough.
I have a sound card that works flawlessly.

If a specific software is causing BSOD, and only that software, obviously, we know where the problem is… so, anyone? I browsed old forums, and I haven’t found a solution, all I found was “it’s your system’s fault, your system is bad, bad, bad, user bad!”…

The latest version of Audacity (2.0.5) is here: .

Yes what you have been told is correct. The fact is that Windows does not allow Audacity or any other application to crash the computer. Only a lower level software driver or hardware can do that. If the crash happens in a sound editor then it’s likely a problem with audio or video drivers.

I strongly suggest you read and all the links thereon. Use WhoCrashed to find out exactly what is causing the crash.

The fact the crash does not happen using another audio editor could mean that editor is using another system sound interface to access the sound device (Audacity uses MME and Windows DirectSound on XP).

Yes it could mean your exact sound card and/or its drivers are incompatible with Audacity but you have given no details of the make and model number of your sound card(s) or where you obtained audio drivers from. You have given no details of the make and model number of the computer. So you can hardly expect us to take any action based on that. Please read for help ensuring you have the most appropriate drivers that are matched with your hardware.

Audacity 2.0.5 is compatible with 99.9% of built-in sound cards that come with the motherboard, but it queries all the audio devices you have. If you have installed a virtual sound device for capturing web video, try uninstalling it. Try removing any external sound devices or interfaces that you have. Try shutting down Skype if you have it.

Also you should be aware that Microsoft are no longer officially supporting XP, so it will be unpatched against any new security vulnerabilities (viruses) that appear. A virus may already be causing your crashes. Ensure you have XP Service Pack 3 if you don’t already.

Ensure you have a good third-party anti-virus application, and run a deep scan that runs when you reboot the computer. But be aware that it will not give you complete protection against a previously unknown attack.

If it is not practicable for you to update to the much more secure Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can consider installing a Linux operating system instead. Most versions are free and all are very secure.

If you want more help, we can certainly try. But we can’t see your computer so we need some information to go on.