(audacity-win-r12360-2.0.4-alpha-debug-10-jun-13, HP530 laptop, Win7Ultimate 32bit)

aving uninstalled all previous versions of Audacity, I downloaded the latest (.exe) to my Downloads directory, double-clicked it, and got an error message "Application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration in incorrect.  Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail."


OK.  To read the "application log" I used ControlPanel > System&Security > AdministrativeTools > EventViewer.  In the left pane I chose CustomView > AdministrativeEvents.  The very first one was:

Activation context generation failed for "C:\Program Files\Audacity alpha (debug)\audacity.exe". Dependent Assembly Microsoft.VC90.DebugCRT,processorArchitecture="x86",publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b",type="win32",version="9.0.21022.8" could not be found. Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis.

Googling the forums suggests that (a) this version of Audacity is a debugging version which my Windows installation is not equipped to run, and (b) that sxstrace.exe users need an IQ of about 160.  If this is correct, I must give up!

Oh dear, egg-on-face time again.  I don't need an IQ of 160, but I do need to be able to READ.  The "current" nightly download is from 10 June 13, but it's entitled Audacity-alpha .... -DEBUG.exe  - that might have clued me in?

The penultimate nightly download is from 5th June, is not a debug version, and works just FINE.  Sorry everyone!
Dimmo Tony