Before You Start (Windows Edition)

How To Install

If you downloaded source code, these instructions are not for you.

You should have been able to download the .exe file, and your browser should allow you to open/start it. We are not aware of any current Windows anti-virus software that believes that Ardour is a virus :)

The file is a "classic" Windows installer. Ardour is not digitally signed, but you can just click OK when Windows asks you about this.

How To Uninstall

To uninstall Ardour, just use the Control Panel as you would to remove any other Windows software from your system.

You do not need to uninstall before installing a new version.

What To Do When It Doesn't Work

Ardour on Windows has special status when it comes to support. The development team and user community is happy to help Windows users with problems involving the use of the software and/or problems affecting all (or many) Windows users.

However, because our limited resources and the fact that none of us have the necessary experience of access to Windows, we cannot and will not support:

  1. Problems installing the software
  2. Problems with your audio interface
  3. Problems specific to your system or user

That said, you should probably read:

Finally, please do come and talk to us on our IRC channel. You may be used to online forums as a place to get help, but in our world, we prefer to do things in real time rather than go back and forth on a very delayed communication channel. It is harder for us to support our Windows users because we (developers and current core users, circa 2016) do not use or develop on Windows itself. But we can still talk you through many common problems in a few minutes online. This is preferable for us, and we think its probably better for you too.