If you’ve read any of the other things on this site, then you know that we are fans of Open Source software. Blender is one of these amazing programs. If you don’t know what it is, then I suggest you read our post about the Blender animation program. Audacity is another awesome program for recording and mixing audio. Check it out here.
I happen to have a Windows Vista Business operating system. I recently did a reinstall of the entire OS. When I got to installing all my programs, Audacity and Blender were on the top of my list. The install went successfully, however when I tried to open the programs afterwards, they would just crash or present me with some strange error message. I tried getting older versions of each program, which did work in the Audacity case, but not for Blender. Whatever I did, the program just would not open or run correctly.
A couple weeks later, I got to installing my Windows Live Essentials programs. WLE needs the “Windows Platform Update” if your using a Vista system, like I am. The update is described by Microsoft on this page: Install the Windows Platform Update. WLE installed the update and then completed installing the various associated programs. Everything seemed to be working fine.
Out of curiosity, I tried installing the most recent versions of Audacity and Blender again. Lo and behold, they work fine! If you are having a problem getting Audacity or Blender to work on your Vista system, then I suggest you make sure you’ve got the Windows Platform Update. I’m just guessing, but I think they are related. If you have the Windows Live Essentials programs installed, then you should have the update already.
I hope that helps! :-)