LameACM on Windows 10 64-bit

TL;DR – Use this version of LameACM on Windows 10 64-bit. The other versions floating around will install but may not be recognized

Over the years I’ve kept forgetting how to do things and then had to re-create a process I’ve done before but forgotten. Thankfully Google makes this much easier than it was 20 years ago but it’s still a pain.

My latest foray into that thicket was when trying to re-install LameACM on Windows10 64-bit. LameACM is a module for windows archaic Audio Codec Manager. It allows any Windows program that used the ACM framework to see the codec the module presents.

This is a must for using a variety of freeware multimedia tools, such as VirtualDub, so the user can encode MP3 files. Most commercial applications come with their own MP3 encoders but of course you have to pay for them. Some free software knows how to handle Lame directly (like Audacity). But VirtualDub ceased development years ago. However it’s feature set is still impressive a decade later and is invaluable when dealing with old media formats, analog conversions and more.

Under versions of Windows up to an including Windows 7 you could download the latest LameACM from the official source and just follow the instructions inside. But with Windows 10 it doesn’t work, :(

The solution is to use a different iteration of LameACM, from the original source. Just download and extract, right-click on the .inf file and select Install. Works great on Windows 10 64-bit.

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