Windows 7

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Gale Andrews
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Windows 7

Post by Gale Andrews » Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:36 am

As a result of much testing and development, Windows 7 is officially supported from 1.3.13 Beta onwards.

For Windows 7 please use the current Audacity Beta version from , not the current Stable version (1.2.6). All our current development is based on the Beta line in preparation for its release as a new 2.0 version.

Windows 7 system requirements are as follows:

- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)

- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit), or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

You must have appropriate sound device drivers intended for your particular motherboard and your version of Windows 7. On a 64-bit system, the sound device drivers must be 64-bit:

On older machines upgraded from Vista or XP, Windows 7 sound device drivers for your particular motherboard or sound card may not yet be available. In that case, the best general recommendation is to use drivers meant for Vista, because Windows 7 is largely based on Vista. If in doubt, seek advice from your sound device or motherboard manufacturer. More information at: ... ce_Drivers

By default on most Windows 7 (and Vista) machines, only the microphone input is enabled for built-in sound devices. All the other inputs must be enabled in "Sound" in the Windows Control Panel using these instructions.

For more information on using Audacity on Windows 7, please see:

Please let us know at our feedback address of any problems you encounter with Audacity Beta and Windows 7.

If you are not already doing so, we recommend you subscribe to our announcements mailing list:

to be notified of all new releases.

Last edited by Gale Andrews on Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:14 pm, edited 3 times in total.
Reason: updated - 1.3.13 and later Betas support Windows 7
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