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FLAC for Windows 10?

First, I apologize for being an idiot. The last version of FLAC for Windows I installed was flac-1.2.1b, which was a single executable. And I relied on FLAC Frontend, because I don't enjoy command lines.

I've downloaded 1.4.3, but have yet to install, because I saw a couple of posts that lead me to believe an older version may be preferred by some.

For a Windows 10 installation, is there a particular version I should look at? Will 32 or 64-bit matter? The packages aren't just one executable these days; is the flac.exe used to install?

Does FLAC Frontend still work under WIndows 10 and 11?

Thanks, and have a great day!

Re: FLAC for Windows 10?

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First, I apologize for being an idiot. The last version of FLAC for Windows I installed was flac-1.2.1b, which was a single executable. And I relied on FLAC Frontend, because I don't enjoy command lines.

I've downloaded 1.4.3, but have yet to install, because I saw a couple of posts that lead me to believe an older version may be preferred by some.

For a Windows 10 installation, is there a particular version I should look at? Will 32 or 64-bit matter? The packages aren't just one executable these days; is the flac.exe used to install?

Does FLAC Frontend still work under Windows 10 and 11?

Thanks, and have a great day!

Hey!  I'll try to answer your questions in order.

  • You're not an idiot; we all have to learn new things sometime, and it's always ok to ask questions.
  • As FLAC is a lossless codec and the FLAC bitstream hasn't changed in a long time, there is no good reason not to use the latest release of FLAC.  Changes since 1.2.1b have generally been slightly better compression and fixes for bugs and edge cases.  The FLAC audio data output should be bit identical to 1.2.1b, so there is pretty much no downside to upgrading.
  • If you have a Windows 10 machine, you likely have a 64-bit processor, although you should confirm whether your processor is 64-bit or 32-bit.  If your processor is, indeed, 64-bit, then the 64-bit compile of FLAC will likely be faster to encode than the 32-bit compile, especially if you are encoding a large number of tracks.
  • I think FLAC Frontend does still work under Windows 10/11; however, according to the Hydrogen Audio Knowledge Base, the current recommended FLAC GUI is this one made by Moisés Cardona. Give it a look. :)

Also, you can get some optimized compiles of FLAC (and other codecs) at RareWares.org; its worth checking out that page, as well.

Hope that answered your questions!

Re: FLAC for Windows 10?

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Does FLAC Frontend still work under WIndows 10 and 11?
I used FLAC Fronted GUI for years (https://flacfrontend.sourceforge.net/) and under Windows 10 also.
I added some options to this GUI. The only thing i would like to be changed here is an ability to save settings (but i am not skilled enough in coding to make it).
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There is a folder named "tools" and it contains "flac.exe" and "metaflac.exe". For today these files are downloaded from https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,123176.0.html (latest GCC build).

In the future, starting from FLAC 1.4.4 you may download these 2 files here https://xiph.org/flac/download.html, here https://www.rarewares.org/lossless.php or of course here https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,123176.0.html and simply overwrite them.