Audacity: Free Sound Editor and Recording Software

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Legacy Windows

These are legacy versions of Audacity for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP.

Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are not supported in any Audacity versions on this page. Please use the latest Windows version for Vista, 7 and 8.

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System Requirements

Audacity 2.0.0 for Windows 98/ME

Version 2.0.0 of Audacity is the final, recommended version for Windows 98/ME.

Audacity 1.2.6

Please consider using 2.0.0 above for Windows 98/ME or the latest 2.0.x version for Windows 2000/XP.

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System Requirements

Windows 95 and NT are not supported. Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 require the latest version of Audacity.

The values in the "Recommended RAM/processor speed" column below are for tasks like recording for an hour, or editing three 20-minute tracks simultaneously. The values in the "Minimum RAM/processor speed" column will be fine for smaller/shorter tasks, especially if unnecessary programs are closed.

Windows version Recommended RAM/
processor speed
Minimum RAM/
processor speed
Windows 2000, XP 512 MB/1 GHz 128 MB/300 MHz
Windows 98, ME 128 MB / 500 MHz 64 MB / 300 MHz

 

Generally, Audacity works best on computers meeting more than the minimum requirements in the table above. Where Audacity is to be used for lengthy multi-track projects, we recommend using Windows XP running on a machine of substantially higher specification than the minimum stated above.