Installation & Setup
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I installed Fx Audio Editor on an XP Media Center Edition system as well as on a Vista Home Basic one, both notebooks. The app installed to a new C:\Program Files\Fx Audio Editor
folder in both cases.
Fx Audio Editor's system requirements are reasonable enough: you'll need a Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista machine with a minimum clock speed of 500 MHz and a minimum of 32 MB of RAM, though 128 MB is recommended. You'll also need a DirectX-compatible audio capture device and DirectX version 9 or higher installed.What's Not:
I was uneasy about the software automatically replacing files in the system32
folder, and seeing some Windows Media stuff in the names flashing by. As a Microsoft MVP in the multimedia space, my systems are more up-to-date than most, so I feared it might be rolling back some files to earlier versions, possibly affecting other software. I let it finish and then took a look.
As if to compensate me a bit for my general uneasiness, the software provided an INSTALL.LOG
text file with details. Checking the logs shows:
On my XP computer, it replaced the mscomct2.ocx, comct232.ocx, MSCOMCTL.OCX, comct332.ocx, msvcrt.dll, TabCtl32.ocx, msvcr70.dll, scrrun.dll, and atl.dll files in the system32 folder.
The log said it couldn’t self-register C:\Program Files\Fx Audio Editor\bin\AudioDecompress.dll, or the msvcr70.dll and scrrun.dll files in the system32 folder.
In the Fx Audio folder, there was a backup folder with copies of two DLLs and three OCX files it replaced. The only thing I had a serious question about was, why it would replace the 4/3/00 version of the ComCt232.ocx file in the system32 folder with an older 6/24/98 version? Maybe it’s OK for Fx Audio, but what does this do to other apps that use the file?
On my Vista system, it put copies of the atl.dll, msvcrt.dll, and scrrun.dll files in the backup folder, but the same versions were still in the system32 folder--did it effectively make any changes to these?
Even with the details in the logs, I was left with an uncomfortable feeling about what might not work well in the future because of the files the app swapped out, or because it wasn’t able to "self-register" something it needed.
The Setup CD Burner tab defaulted to No CD Burner; manually changing it to use the integrated CD burner was all that was needed, but I received no prompts to do this.