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 98, ME||128 MB / 500 MHz||64 MB / 300 MHz|
|Windows 2000, XP||512 MB/1 GHz||128 MB/300 MHz|
|Windows Vista Home Basic||2 GB / 1 GHz||512 MB / 1 GHz|
|Windows Vista Home Premium/Business/Ultimate/7 (32-bit)||4 GB / 2 GHz||1 GB / 1 GHz|
|Windows 7 (64-bit)||4 GB / 2 GHz||2 GB / 1 GHz|
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 2000, XP or Vista running on machines of substantially higher specification than the minimum stated above.