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Max/MSP and Windows 7


October 12, 2010 | 1:14 am

I recently purchased a new laptop for college (less than a month ago). It’s a windows machine running windows 7. Today I was talking to somebody and we got talking about Max/MSP. I told him how i’m interested in getting into the program, etc.. but when I told him I had a PC he informed me that Max/MSP runs a lot better on the Mac platform.

Is there any truth in that or is his opinion just a by product of the mac v pc argument?

thanks

October 12, 2010 | 3:49 am

Of course not, I have been running Max on a PC for years and it runs great.

Mac fanboys like to think there is a difference, but there is not.
Acutally now that macs use Intels, they have finally reached PCs.

But beware, in the PC world, you get what you paid for.
Buy a machine with poor specs, you get poor performance.

October 12, 2010 | 7:40 am

Just one thing: as far as I know, Max is not supported on Windows 7 Starter edition.

October 12, 2010 | 11:07 am

it works flawless on win7-pro

October 12, 2010 | 7:48 pm

Windows Starter Edition is not a full featured Windows 7 OS, often used on netbooks, and indeed, probably not fully supported.

Any standard full version of Windows should work fine.

-Ben

May 4, 2011 | 12:28 pm

How about MaxMsp runtime? Can it run on windows 7 starter?

May 4, 2011 | 1:34 pm

You can run Max on windows 7 starter, but I would expect it to not
run as well as Win7. It depends on the processor it is running on.

If you are considering getting some of these new tablet/netbooks
to run Max, make sure it as a dual core Atom.

January 14, 2013 | 5:51 pm

Has anyone had this issue that I’m having right now:

Max 6 installed correctly, and it will startup but only after what seems like forever! I can’t pinpoint what I do to make it start up because I’m so impatient.

Basically it won’t startup until I do some sort of combination of hitting the sartupbar icon, plus double clicking on the shortcut on my desktop, clicking and dragging a patch onto the shortcut, or opening Max Runtime.

I’ve noticed that when I open Max the first time Max.exe*32 opens in the processes. But the application doesn’t launch so I end the process and try opening it again.

Anyone have this problem? Is there a patch for Max available for this problem?

January 14, 2013 | 6:01 pm

I must say that me on windows 7 I have to click on run as administrator to make it works with quicktime for example……

January 14, 2013 | 6:34 pm

This is a test

January 14, 2013 | 6:57 pm

Hello. I have the same problems as McNamara, pn my dektop running windows 7 home premium 64 bit.
Even if I launch max 6 as administrator, it doesn’t run.

But…

It runs without problems on my laptop running the same windows 7 home premium 64 bit

Another issue: as now windows 7 install all the programs in a folder called Programs (x86), it becomes impossible to send to an object amessage like "plug c:/programs (x86)/steiberg/vstplugins/blabla.dll" because of the blank in the path.
Does anybody know how to solve this problem? Thanks in advance.

November 15, 2014 | 8:26 am

Hi, you could you tildes, ie
c:\progra~1 is programg files (x86), unless you’re on a 64-bit OS (like me), in which case it’d be ~2

June 30, 2015 | 6:52 pm

I bought max7 on my Windows laptop mainly to créate live visual for show and everything i tried cause max to crash until the day i bought a new Mac … I thinks its related with QuickTime being less optimized for Windows but i was having no succes with booth 32 and 64bit version on 2 different PC! Also if you deal with live audio setup you will find that any external soundcard has better driver on Mac then Pc so less latency… To conclude if you are about to use it for live projection you might want to use cyphon or madmapper for your output wich only work on Mac. These machine are pricey but they really get the job done !

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