Installing BallroomDJ on Windows

BallroomDJ runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

If you run the installer on Windows 8.1 or later and you get a message about "Windows Protected Your PC", you can reference the following article: howtogeek : smartscreen filter. Select "More Info", then "Run Anyway".

Step 1 : Determine if your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Windows 10 is always 64-bit.

If you have an older version of Windows, open windows explorer on your computer and navigate to the C:\ drive (My PC->Local Disk (C:) or Computer->Local Disk (C:)).

Look for a folder named 'Program Files (x86)'. If this folder exists, you have a 64-bit computer. If this folder does not exist, you have a 32-bit computer.

Another way to check is listed in the Microsoft FAQs: Microsoft FAQ: 32-bit/64-bit

Windows Explorer

Step 2 : For 32-bit Windows Only

If you have 32-bit Windows, make sure the C:\Windows\system32\MSCVR100.DLL file exists. If not, download and install it from the Microsoft website: Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x86).

Step 3 : Install ActiveState Python

Python is a computer language used to run the utility that reads and writes the MP3 audio file tags.

Go to the ActiveState Python download page.

Select the Windows Installer (EXE) 3.x.x version that matches your Windows 32-bit/64-bit version.

After downloading, run the ActiveState python installer.

For the ActiveState python installation, select all the defaults. On the third screen, select Typical.

Step 4 : Install the VLC Media Player

If you already have VLC installed on 64-bit Windows, you probably have the 32-bit version of VLC, It is recommended that you make sure that you are using a 64-bit version of VLC. BallroomDJ will function better.

VLC 3.x is not supported for Windows XP or Windows Vista. If you use Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to install VLC 2.2.8.

Go to: VLC Media Player Download. If you are running 64-bit Windows, select the down-arrow on the orange button and select Installer for 64-bit version. If you are running 32-bit Windows, simply click on the button.

For the VLC installation, the defaults will need to be changed if you normally use some other media player (such as Windows Media Player).

Select Next until you see the Choose Components screen (shown below) and scroll down until you see File Type Associations.

VLC Installation / Choose Components

Select the File type associations checkbox twice in order to turn off all file type associations (if you use VLC as your music/video player, leave these on).

VLC Installation / Choose Components / File Type Associations

Now select Next, Install, then turn off the Run VLC Media Player checkbox and select Finish.

Step 5 : Install SoX

If you are installing BallroomDJ version 3.19.7 or later, skip to Step 6.

SoX is an optional component used for the Export for CD, Apply Adjustments, Normalize Volume and Trim Silence functions in BallroomDJ. If it is installed at a later date, BallroomDJ must be reinstalled in order to set up other files so that MP3 files can be created.

Go to: SoX - Sound eXchange files.

Select the 14.4.2 folder icon, then download the .exe installer.

Run the SoX installer. On the first screen, turn off the 'Start Menu Shortcuts' and 'Desktop Icons' checkboxes. Then select Next and Install.

SoX Installation

Step 6 : Install BallroomDJ

Go to:

Download the BallroomDJ (.exe) package matching your 32-bit/64-bit Windows version.

Run the BallroomDJ windows installer. The installer will create a new folder on your desktop named 'BallroomDJ'.

If you have already installed BallroomDJ, re-install it. Installation of BallroomDJ requires that Python is already installed, otherwise the Mutagen package will not be installed. The SoX program should also be installed before BallroomDJ.

Step 7 : Set up BallroomDJ

Go to: Setting Up BallroomDJ for the First Time and work through the setup instructions.

BallroomDJ has extensive help built in to the program, and there is additional help on the wiki.

If you are having trouble with installation or setup, ask for help on the BallroomDJ forums, or use the Support function within BallroomDJ (see Getting Help).

Last modified 3 weeks ago Last modified on 2018-04-05T13:45:06-08:00