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as most people know:
Pro Tools LE and M-Powered 7.4 are compatible with:
Windows Vista (32-bit) Ultimate and Business
Windows XP Home and Professional.

there have been tricks posted to get it to work on windows 7(32bit)
but never any 64bit os! v8.04/v8.05 were the versions that introduced 64bit compatibility
but this page claims to have figured out how to make PT v7.4 work on 64 bit windows 7!!!!

http://www.string-quartet.ie/blog/2011/install-pro-tools-7-le-on-windows-7-64/

can anyone confirm they got this working?

more info on v7.4
https://apps.spokane.edu/InternetContent/AutoWebs/steveg/What%20is%20New%20in%207_4.pdf
https://www.emusician.com/gear/review-digidesign-pro-tools-le-74-macwin

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Re: blog post claims to have PTLE v7.4 working on 64bit Windows 7!!!!
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2022, 03:30:54 PM »
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Before the installation:
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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
After the reboot download the magic driver and install it on top without connecting the Mbox 2. What works for me are Avid Mbox Mini Drivers (3rd gen) v1.0.6 for Windows [13.75 MB]. Not Mbox 2 drivers.
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 ( https://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.

 

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Re: blog post claims to have PTLE v7.4 working on 64bit Windows 7!!!!
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2022, 04:32:11 PM »
So this is to get older 32bit v7 to work on 64bit windows 7? Or is it 64bit v7 to work on 64bit windows 7?

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Re: blog post claims to have PTLE v7.4 working on 64bit Windows 7!!!!
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2022, 04:25:45 AM »
So this is to get older 32bit v7 to work on 64bit windows 7? Or is it 64bit v7 to work on 64bit windows 7?

Pro tools never had a fully 64bit version untill version 10 or 11 i think
so this would be a 32bit installation of pro tools yes, running on 64bit windows 7.

see this post for info on which apps were the first 64bit versions:
http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,6264

and this post for info on which apps were teh final 32bit versions:
http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,5609

this post for info on which apps introduced mac-intel cpu compatibility
http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,147.0.html

this post for info on which apps were the last versions for ppc osx
http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,7325.msg10312/topicseen.html#msg10312

« Last Edit: January 30, 2022, 05:23:36 PM by chrisNova777 »

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Re: blog post claims to have PTLE v7.4 working on 64bit Windows 7!!!!
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2022, 08:42:05 AM »
Many Thanks...You have this all sorted out quite nicely...