Install Pro Tools 7.4 LE on Windows 7 64 bit

Finally I have managed to install and run Pro Tools 7.4 LE on Windows 7 64 bit. This post walks you through the process of installing Pro Tools LE on Windows 7 64 bit with Mbox 2 Mini.

 

PT 7.4 LE on the Windows XP was great DAW for recording our string quartet for hire in Ireland. After the switch to Windows 7 Professional 64 bit it was not possible to start Pro Tools 7.4 LE and I was getting error 0xc0000005 :

 

If you want to pause any of my slideshows click the numbers (e.g. 1/2) on the slideshow control panel.

 

Before the installation:

Log in to an account with Administrator rights.

I did start with fresh and clean install of Windows 7 64 bit (without SP1) thanks to Acronis True Image to avoid any potential problem with previous Pro Tools install.

I highly recommend True Image for fast easy backup and recovery of system which makes life much easier. Very easy to use and priceless for saving time and precious projects.

( I have ProTools 7.4 LE running on Windows 7 64-bit Professional with all updates and fixes except Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for x64. )

1. Uninstall Internet Explorer 8

  • As a troubleshooting step click the Start button – Control Panel – Programs and Features – Turn Windows features on or off
  • To turn Internet Explorer 8 off, clear the check box.

2. Disable UAC and Antivirus

  • To disable User Account Control just type UAC into the start menu and select “Change User Account Control settings”. Drag the slider all the way down to the bottom, to disabled it entirely. Restart your computer before the changes take effect.
  • To temporarily disable real-time AntiVirus and AntiSpyware protection refer to the program maker depending on the software that you are using.

Restart your computer before the changes take effect

! Re-enable antivirus after successful install and test run of Pro Tools.

 

 

3. Install Internet Explorer 9 64-bit

IE9 64bit makes NO problem to Pro Tools 7.4 LE.

4. Install Visual C++ 2010 (if needed)

During the Pro Tools 7.4 LE installation process I used to get a Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 error window popups:

 

After I have downloaded and installed Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable Package and error did not show up again.

5. Before running Pro Tools 7.4 LE setup.exe file

Right click Pro Tools 7.4 LE setup.exe file and choose Properties. On the Compatibility tab click on “Change settings for all users”. In the next window select:

      √ “Run this program in compatibility mode for:”

Windows Vista

      √ “Disable Desktop composition”

 

    √ “Run this program as an administrator”

Apply and OK.

 

Install Pro Tools 7.4 LE on Windows 7 64 bit

6. Run Pro Tools 7.4 LE setup.exe file

Most important slide is number 8/16! This is the trick. Reboot after PT 7.4 LE is installed. Second most important hack is needed after the PC restarts.

 

Install Pro Tools 7.4 LE driver for Windows 7 64 bit

7. Download and install different Mbox Mini driver on top

I just read Avid website:

“Pro Tools will not recognize your audio interface if you do not install the drivers. Be sure to install the most current drivers for your hardware.”

(Please let me know if anyone can successfully install and run Pro Tools 7.4 LE on Windows 7 64 bit with Mbox 2 or Mbox 2 Pro 3rd gen drivers).

  • Unzip Mbox_Mini_Drivers_v106_69346.zip file.
  • Right click Install Avid Mbox Mini 1.0.6.exe file and select Properties. On the Compatibility tab click on “Change settings for all users”. In the next window select:

√ “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” Windows Vista
√ “Disable Desktop composition”
√ “Run this program as an administrator”

Apply and OK.

 

 

8. Connect Mbox 2 after the reboot

After the PC restarts finally connect the Mbox 2 for the first time. Drivers are going to initiate. “Installing device driver software” bubble pops up and clicking on it will display the progress. After it is done it will display Your device is ready to use. With Green light on on the Mbox 2.

 

 

Before running PT 7.4 LE on Win 7 64bit with Mbox 2 Mini attached I had to follow the next important step.

9. Create registry entry

This step was again magical for me. Pro Tools just did not start without this little registry entry. You gonna love number one.

To open registry editor (regedit) just type run into the start menu and select “Run” from “Programs”. Type regedit into the box.

  • Navigate to:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
  • Right click on the empty space in the right hand side of Registry Editor window and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
  • Name the DWORD AllowCookies and press enter
  • Double click on the AllowCookies DWORD and enter 1 in the Value Data field then press OK
  • Close the editor and reboot for the last time.

 

 

Optimizing Pro Tools 7.4 LE on Windows 7 64 bit

10. Modify application shortcut

Right click Pro Tools LE desktop shortcut (application launcher) and choose Properties. On the Compatibility tab click on “Change settings for all users”. In the next window select:

      √ “Run this program in compatibility mode for:”

Windows Vista

      √ “Disable Desktop composition”

 

    √ “Run this program as an administrator”

Apply and OK.

 

11. Run Pro Tools 7.4 LE on Windows 7

To follow this PT 7.4 LE Win 7 breakthrough tutorial takes few minutes. It took me few weeks to discover.

  • Just run the application with Mbox 2 connected to the computer.
  • Enter the authorization code.
  • Open up Pro Tools session or start a new.
  • Post a link ( http://www.string-quartet.ie/blog ) on the web to let others know.

 

12. Improve computer performance when using Pro Tools

Windows 7 Pro Tools Optimizations videos from Digidesign:

 

 

13. System changes

Just a summary of system changes made by installing Pro Tools.

 

14. Troubleshoot

 

15. Conclusion – Pro Tools 7.4, 8, 9 or 10

Pro Tools maker – Avid – brings exciting features to a new generation in Pro Tools 10. Make sure to check them out before you go to Amazon or Ebay for exciting bargains on 2nd gen Mbox 2.

Whether you upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit and use Pro Tools 7.4 LE like me or upgrade to version 10 I am sure you will enjoy either way.

 

10 thoughts on “Install Pro Tools 7.4 LE on Windows 7 64 bit”

  1. Thanks for this info!
    Has anyone installed PT LE 7.4 with MBox 2?

  2. Hello! Thanks for your online class!! 😉
    I installed PT7.4 with my Mbox 2 on Windows 7 Professional 64bits (with SP1) and it’s working fine!

    Thank you so much!!
    From Curitiba, Brazil

  3. Followed just as described above and it worked perfectly. Unfortunately Windows automatically downloaded SP1 and some other critical updates and now ProTools won’t launch. I just get a “Pro Tools Application has stopped working”. Any ideas?

    1. It looks like SP1 is the problem. Which part of the SP1 update is unknown to me. Anybody?
      Try to uninstall SP1 or try to install SP1 before installing PT 7.4.
      I have never installed SP1 and I have turned off auto update.

  4. I have PT 7.4LE with MBox2. I’m planning a new PC purchase to try and boost my performance. Most come with Windows 7 Home Premium – Professional is a $100 upgrade. Has anyone tried the above install process with Home Premium? Thanks.

    1. BTW, I currently have Windows XP Home Edition running on 2.8Ghz Pentium D with 3Gb RAM. When I’m editing in PT, swapping to some other apps, and even PT itself, can become very sluggish. My thought is that newer 64-bit Windows machines support >4Gb RAM, so if I put in 6 or 8Gb I should be able to swap apps more easily with PT running – make sense? But I’m on a budget and would rather save the $100 on Windows 7 Professional if I can make PT run on Home Premium.

      1. Pro Tools Windows Optimizations is a whole new chapter to improve its performance.

  5. MAN MAN MAN I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY I BOW DOWN TO YOU I CANT BELIEVE IT YOU GOT MY PRO TOOLS 7.4 WORKING ON A FASTER SYSTEM THEN XP COULD EVER BE I WOULD NOT GET RID OF MY OTHER TOWER BECAUSE I WAS HAVING SO MANY PROBLEMS WITH WINDOWS 7 AND I TOLD MYSELF TONIGHT ITS BEEN THREE DAYS SINCE I HEARD MY MONITORS AND I CANT TAKE IT IF I CANT GET IT TONIGHT IM GOING BACK TO THE TANK TOWER AND LIVE WITH IT BUT THANKS TO YOU I HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME MY TOWER ON THE DESK QUIET NICE MAN IIII TTTHHAAANNKKKK YYYOOUUUUUUUU. O AND PS I GOT A TOWER FOR SALE LOL GOD IS GOOD

  6. The steps are crazy long, but you nail it because everyone of them was needed. Thank you. By the way the steps worked the M-Audio Powered 7.5, as well.

  7. This was so money.!! Thanks soooo much dude.!

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