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Subject: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Posted by: buckaroo
Date: 8/26/2015 3:25:22 AM

I am contemplating a PC and was hoping to get an XP machine as I'm a Mac user but still love Sound Forge 5.0 with direct mode.

I have tried SF Mac and it's a rewrite of the PC version, and quite frankly unstable, with a different view.

So I have been advised to avoid XP as its no longer supported and move onto at least something like Windows 7 64.

I've no need to go any higher (Windows 10 etc) so apart from some 64 bit VST's and FL Studio, can I run Sound Forge 5.0 ok on W7? I don't really want to upgrade to SF 11 either as Direct mode was missing (since v5.0) and I don't need any of the other features.

SF5.0 runs fine on XP even though its old, and I hear that W7 has alot of compatibility with XP and older programs. I can't try it out before hand before buying a PC,

There is the Windows XP compatibility mode VM that you can download, but to be honest I am fed up with VM's running inside other OS's (did use Parallels on Mac with XP) so just want to know if I can run my small 32 bit SF 5.0 on Windows 7 natively?

Thanks

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: buckaroo
Date: 9/2/2015 11:54:24 AM

Just finally tried Acid Pro 3.0 and SoundForge 5.0 (im an old fashioned luddite I know!)
On a Windows 10 machine! and it seems to all work perfectly which is good to know!

So i'm sure this would work all ok on a Windows 7 machine if I got one :)

Hope this helps some users :)

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: rraud
Date: 9/2/2015 3:55:34 PM

I wouldn't worry about updates for an XP machine, unless used for extensive web chores.. Even then, Service Pack 4 IS available. . it's just not an "official" update..

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: musicvid10
Date: 9/2/2015 8:58:39 PM

SF 5 is deprecated because of a design flaw.
Contact customer service and they may offer you a free upgrade to 7 (from that version only).

Message last edited on 9/2/2015 9:04:53 PM by musicvid10.
Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: buckaroo
Date: 9/3/2015 4:06:44 AM

Design flaw??

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: rraud
Date: 9/3/2015 9:47:41 AM

Design flaw??.. Yes
I'm not privy to the specifics, but all the updated versions of SF are still available since v4.5.. EXCEPT v5.0

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: buckaroo
Date: 9/3/2015 12:51:46 PM

Wow I didn't know that.

I'm sure I got v5.0 from this Sony Site?

4.5 was the version I liked, but 5.0 just added zoom on the mousewheel (which was quick) and 24 bit support to the already good 4.5

After v6.0 Sony changed alot of things.. :(

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: Geoff_Wood
Date: 9/3/2015 4:39:56 PM

:-) in most ways. Not so sure about 11 though....

geoff

Message last edited on 9/3/2015 4:40:28 PM by Geoff_Wood.
Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: rraud
Date: 9/3/2015 6:06:59 PM

"I'm sure I got v5.0 from this Sony Site"
- For sure. But not in the last five or so years.. though I don't know exactly when it was removed. Someone may still have a v5.0 installation disc around though, since at the time, it was a more popular install method.

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: buckaroo
Date: 9/4/2015 3:12:49 AM

Yes its ok I have it and install it, so no problems getting it.

Just intrigued on why it was removed etc? and what exactly was wrong with it?

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: musicvid10
Date: 9/4/2015 7:54:08 AM

Something to do with Vista perhaps. My memory is really fuzzy.
SF 6 was the first fully nondestructive version, am I correct?


Message last edited on 9/4/2015 8:04:42 AM by musicvid10.
Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: rraud
Date: 9/4/2015 9:17:30 AM

"SF 6 was the first fully nondestructive version, am I correct?"
- I believe so MV.
Not to get more off topic but I recall v5.0 was the first version with 'real time' preview., but not in the direct mode..(?)
Was the 'Plug-in Chainer' Introduced in v6? And VST support (w.o a third party wrapper) in V7.
SF v11.0 has no redeeming qualities what so ever.. IMHO.

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: FixitMad0
Date: 9/5/2015 3:09:47 PM

I currently use Sound Forge 5.0f on a Windows 7 x64 system without any issues. For basic editing, fixing of sound files this program is great. Still works fine! Not sure what issues there were, but so far I have not had any major issues.

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: buckaroo
Date: 9/6/2015 9:51:56 AM

Thanks, this was the same with me, no real issues, sometimes weird crashes with tooltips not closing after I had moved away from buttons on the menu bar?

I don't know whether to jump in and try SF 11 to move on, as the sliding around of regions and the mutichannel as a faux Mutli-track does sound intriguing and a long time coming, as I always wanted this!

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: FixitMad0
Date: 9/9/2015 5:08:40 PM

I should have mentioned that if you run into various issues, it will sometimes help to go the Icon for Sound Forge 5.0f_Build_259 or whichever version you have and go to the Properties | compatibility and select both Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP (Service Pack 3) and also check the Run this program as an Administrator.

In my case, I unchecked both of those and this is still running fine. I sometimes have to test one or the other for various other programs I use to work properly under Windows 7 x64.

You could always look for new-in-the-box versions of Sound Forge 8, 9 or 10 on ebay as well.


Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: Chienworks
Date: 9/10/2015 8:36:00 AM

One of the reasons that v5 was pulled was because it relied on the Ligos MPEG encoder, and SonicFoundry/Sony no longer has a license to distribute that. Starting with v6 they use the MainConcept encoder. Apparently it wasn't worth the effort of putting out a v5 update with MainConcept instead of Ligos.

If you already have a license for v5 you're free to keep using it in perpetuity. You (and Sony) just aren't allowed to distribute it to anyone else.

Re: compatibility with Win10 ... i've noticed that 8.1 and 10 are MUCH more backward compatible than Win7. I've got lots of old software that doesn't like Win7, or vice versa, but runs fine under 8.1. Since 10 is built on 8's core, it also has this enhanced compatibility. So, if you're looking to upgrade Windows anyway, i'd go 8.1 or 10 over 7.

Subject: RE: Sound Forge 5.0 work on Windows 7 64?
Reply by: kryten
Date: 9/13/2015 9:56:22 AM

FYI, SF 4.5 runs great on Windows 10 as long as you run it as Administrator. I'm good with that.

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