How much memory do you have? How may other applications and services were running?
This may be a problem with the 32/64 thing. Why did you notice that you had to upgrade?
This isn’t a fresh install of WIn7, right? It’s an upgrade?
@Gale: The recommended system requirements for Win7 64-bit are 4 GB of RAM / 2 GHz, and that’s exactly what I have on my machine.
@Koz: There was about 1.5 GB of RAM available when I ran Audacity with the slowness. When I launched Audacity 1.3.x earlier today, I had a hunch a new version had come out at some point, so I checked, confirmed and then upgraded.
This machine was bought 14 months ago, has only known Win7 and the OS hasn’t been reinstalled since I got it.
Actually, I found a simpler solution. I upgraded from Windows 7 32-bit (where Audacity worked fine) to Windows 8 64-bit, where I experienced the gut-wrenching slowness described above. I found that configuring Audacity to run in compatibility mode fixed the problem.
Just right-click on the EXE or on a shortcut to the EXE, select the Compatibility tab and select (in my case) Windows 7. Worked a treat. If you’re on Windows 7 64-bit, maybe you need to select Windows XP SP3 from the compatibility drop-down.
Thanks - jshare was on Windows 7 64-bit when he posted the first time.
I’ve not seen any evidence compatibility mode helped before, and don’t sense any difference on my 64-bit laptop (2.4 GHz, 6 GB RAM) between Audacity 2.0.2 on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Are you (SJWalter) working with very long projects (an hour or more of audio)?
I am not on Windows 8 at the moment but on Windows 7, you have to first choose “Properties” after right-clicking on the EXE.