I don't use Audacity much, but a quick test of import, mix, and export/flac conversion, worked fine on my Win10 machine. I've had my DAW on Win10 since August, and except for a weird but troublesome problem with storage devices formatted by Sound Devices machines (MS fixed it a month ago, thank you), I haven't run into any sever hassles making apps work.
Something about Jriver Media Center required it to be reinstalled after the OS upgrade; it works again. Somewhere around Win8, something changed with the way apps work with optical drives. Samplitude didn't unlock the drive after burning a disk on 8.1 and it isn't fixed in Win10. It will, however, if you verify the disk. Weird. Hopefully the latest version of Sam fixes that. Otherwise, old stuff on one of my systems that has been running for 4+ years starting as Win7 work without a hitch.
There is always the possibility that something lurks in an app's code that was tolerated by one OS, but not by another version, and fingers get pointed in both directions. Since Audacity uses the same APIs all the other sound apps use, I doubt that an OS architecture change would only break it and not all the other DAW programs. And that isn't likely without warning, as MS has been much better at not stranding users than another major player in the proprietary operating system/device-driver business we all have heard of. I think you also have an equal chance of having any problems addressed by the Audacity project as you will with most commercial product developers.
Nevertheless, I don't see a compelling reason in my work to make an upgrade from Win 7 or 8.1, both of which I did anyway. But, my systems are working fine, so no fears. Trust but verify.
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Audacity & Windows 10
Audacity is the music editing app. that I am most familiar with. I like it. It works.
However with Microsoft's increasingly aggressive stance in forcing upgrades to Windows 10 I am concerned. I have heard that Audacity does not work with Win 10.
Is this correct? What are possible work-arounds? Is there an alternative Audacity-like app.?
Thanks - Chris B.