Windows Operating System Requirements
With Pro Tools 6.1 through Pro Tools 7 Software for Windows XP
- Pro Tools HD 7 is qualified with with Windows XP Professional
or Home Edition
- AVoption|V10, Avid Mojo, or Avid Unity MediaNetwork require Windows XP Professional
- Pro Tools TDM 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 6.7, and 6.9.x are qualified with Windows XP Professional
or Home Edition
- AVoption|V10, Avid Mojo, or Avid Unity MediaNetwork require
Windows XP Professional
- Pro Tools LE 6.4, 6.7, 6.8.1, 6.9, and 7.0 are qualified with Windows XP Professional or Home Edition
- Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 & 7.0 are qualified with Windows XP Professional or Home Edition
Not Compatible with any version of Pro Tools 6.x or Pro Tools 7:
- Pro Tools TDM 6.1 and higher, Pro Tools LE 6.1 and higher, or Pro Tools M-Powered software can NOT be installed on systems running Windows 2000, 98, Me, NT, 95, or 3.1
- Not Supported:
- Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
- Windows XP Media Center Edition
Windows Service Pack
- Pro Tools TDM 6.9 TDM and higher & Pro Tools LE 6.8.1 and higher Require Windows Service Pack 2 (SP1 not tested)
- Pro Tools M-Powered Requires Windows Service Pack 2 (SP1 not tested)
- All Previous TDM and LE Systems Require either Windows Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 (see below for SP2 Specific supported systems)
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Officially Qualified With Pro Tools 6.7 & Higher
- Digidesign has qualified Windows XP Service Pack 2 with all TDM and LE systems qualified with Pro Tools 6.7 and higher. Please follow the Recommended Steps for Installing Windows XP Service Pack 2 listed below prior to updating to help insure a smooth transition.
- Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools|HD Accel systems with Pro Tools TDM 6.4 are also qualified with SP2, including AVoption|V10
- Mbox systems with Pro Tools LE 6.4 are also qualified with SP2
- If you are using Digi 002 or Digi 002 Rack with Pro Tools LE 6.4, only Pro Tools LE 6.4cs9 or later are compatible with Service Pack 2.
- If you are using Digi 002 with Avid Xpress Studio, only Avid Pro Tools LE 6.5.1cs1 or Avid Pro Tools LE 6.5.2 or later are compatible with Service Pack 2.
- Pro Tools M-Powered is qualified with Windows XP Service Pack 2 only (SP1 not tested with M-Powered systems).
Recommended Steps for Installing Windows XP Service Pack 2
- Installing Service Pack 2 requires you have at least 500 megabytes available on your startup drive.
- Check your boot drive for problems.
- Go to My Computer/rightclick/Properties/Tools tab; and click "Check Now" under "error-checking."
- Follow instructions.
- Go to www.windowsupdate.com to make sure your Service Pack 1 installation is in proper condition before you upgrade to Service Pack 2.
- Make certain your BIOS is compatible with Service Pack 2 by checking the website of your PC manufacturer.
- Make sure all drivers are Service Pack 2 compliant. Check with the manufacturer of your display card and any attached peripherals.
- Make a backup of your important files.
- Uninstall any anti-virus or firewall utilities before you install Service Pack 2.
- Make sure you are the only logged-in user before you install Service Pack 2.
- After you complete the upgrade, reinstall any anti-virus software. Make sure the version of your anti-virus software is up-to-date.
- Note that Service Pack 2 has a "Windows Firewall" setting in the control panel.
Windows XP SP2, Microsoft DEP and PACE InterLok Drivers Update
- if you encounter unexplained blue screens, freezes or spontaneous reboots when launching Pro Tools with Windows XP Service Pack 2, please update your PACE InterLok drivers:
- The current InterLok drivers solve the described problems without having to disable Microsoft's DEP (Data Execution Prevention) feature introduced with Windows XP Service Pack 2.
For Users Staying on Windows XP Service Pack 1
If you are using Pro Tools 6.7 or earlier, and you decide you do not want to update to Service Pack 2, the following information will allow you to stay on Service Pack 1:
How to disable Automatic Updates in Windows XP
Toolkit to Temporarily Block Delivery of Windows XP SP2 to a PC Through Automatic Updates and Windows:
There are also 2 ways to disable automatic updates on your system. This way:
- Open Windows Update from your Start or Programs menu
- if you see on the right side - Automatic Updates: Turned On
- Click on Pick a time to install updates
- Click on More Options
- Check the circle next to "Turn off Automatic Updates ."
- Click OK
Or this way:
- Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
- Click Performance and Maintenance.
Note: If the Performance and Maintenance category is not visible, click Switch to Category View.
- Click System.
- Click Automatic Updates
- Check the circle next to "Turn off Automatic Updates ."
- Click OK
You may instead choose the option for "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them".
Operating System Requirements for all Systems:
- Pro Tools|HD Accel & Pro Tools|HD Systems with Pro Tools HD 7.x software
- Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, Mbox 2 and Mbox Systems with Pro Tools LE 7.0 software
- Supported M-Audio peripherals with Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 & 7.0 software
- Pro Tools|HD Accel & Pro Tools|HD Systems with Pro Tools 6.4, 6.7, and 6.9.x software
- Mbox 2 Systems with Pro Tools LE 6.8.1 software
- M-Audio Systems with Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 software
- Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, and Mbox Systems with Pro Tools LE 6.7 & 6.9 software
- Pro Tools|24 MIX systems with Pro Tools 6.4.1 software
- Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, Mbox, and Digi 001 Systems with Pro Tools LE 6.4 software
- Pro Tools|HD Accel & Pro Tools|HD Systems with Pro Tools 6.2 software
- Pro Tools|HD, MIX & Pro Tools|24 Systems with Pro Tools 6.1 software
- Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, Mbox, Digi 001, & Audiomedia III Systems
with Pro Tools LE 6.1 & 6.1.1 software
All Pro Tools TDM and LE version 6.1 and higher systems are supported
on either Windows XP Professional or Home Edition, with the following
- Pro Tools|HD systems using AVoption|V10, Avid Mojo, or Avid Unity MediaNetwork are only supported on systems running Windows XP Professional
Settings & Requirements
USB (Universal Serial Bus) must be enabled in the Windows System
Device Manger control panel and in the computer's BIOS (if the option
Each IDE drive must have DMA enabled in the "System" Control Panel.
This can be changed in the "Settings" of each IDE drive on the "Device
Manager" tab of the "System" Control Panel: detailed instructions
Pentium 4 systems with HyperThreading technology must have "Intel
HyperThreading" in the system BIOS disabled in Pro Tools 6.x. Pro Tools 7.0 and higher supports HyperThreading.
Although not a requirement, removing or disabling startup applications,
system utilities (i.e. Norton Utilities) internal and external hardware
devices (i.e. tape drives, Ethernet cards, scanners, TV tuners, non-Digidesign
sound or MIDI drivers) may increase the performance of Pro Tools.
Just keep in mind: the more you demand of Pro Tools the more Pro Tools
demands of your system.
XP Service Pack 1 or Windows XP Service Pack 2 required. To find out if you have Windows XP
Service Pack 1 or 2, right-click on My Computer from the Start menu or your desktop and choose Properties.
In the General section, it will say "Service Pack 1" or "Service Pack 2 "below
where your operating system is listed.
To ensure compatibility, check with the manufacturer of the various
system devices you plan to use, to ensure that you are using the latest
software or drivers for Windows XP.
Pro Tools TDM and LE 6.1 and higher software can NOT be installed
on systems running Windows 2000, 98, Me, NT, 95, or 3.1.
Windows XP Media Center Edition and Windows 2000 are not supported
with Pro Tools 6.1 and higher.
Pro Tools TDM 6.1 systems are compatible with Japanese versions
of Windows XP. Other double-byte character versions of Windows (Chinese,
Arabic, and Korean, etc.) are not supported with Pro Tools 6.1 and
Pro Tools TDM and LE 6.4 and higher systems and Pro Tools M-Powered systems are compatible with Chinese Simplified,
Japanese, and Korean versions of the Windows XP operating system.
- Pro Tools M-Powered is qualified with Windows XP Service Pack 2 only (SP1 not tested).
Dual Boot Systems
If you have a PC with an operating system other than Windows XP on it,
you may choose to install a compatible operating system on a separate
partition or hard drive in order to use Pro Tools. If you want to use
more than one operating system on the same computer, you can use a program
such as PartitionMagic®
to help create a "dual boot" system.