Audacity Portable Support
Many of the most common issues that arise when using Audacity Portable are addressed here. Please read through the various topics to see if any of them address your question. You can also post a question in the Audacity Portable Support Forum.
Audacity Portable-Specific Issues
General Audacity Issues
To start up Audacity Portable, just double-click AudacityPortable.exe file where you installed Audacity Portable on your portable drive. Then, use it just like you would a local copy of Audacity. There are a couple of things to keep in mind:
To upgrade to a newer version of Audacity Portable, just download a new copy and unzip it to your portable drive, right over the previous version. Your settings will not be altered.
To add LAME MP3 support to Audacity, download Lame and unzip the download (get the ZIP download, the second link in the center). Place lame_enc.dll in your AudacityPortable\App\LAME directory. Audacity Portable will automatically detect it and set Audacity to use it on launch.
To add FFMPEG support to Audacity, download the alternate zip for Windows package from the Audacity website and unzip it. Extract all files to AudacityPortable\App\FFMPEG. After starting Audacity Portable, go to Edit - Preferences. Select Libraries. Click Locate under FFmpeg Import/Export Library. A box will appear saying that the library has been automatically located and asking if you still want to locate it manually. Select No. Click OK in Audacity preferences.
By default, Audacity Portable is set to English. To change to another langauge, start Audacity Portable as normal. From the main menu, select Edit and then Preferences. Then click the Interface tab. From the dropdown, select your language of choice and then click ok. Close Audacity Portable and then start it again for your change to take effect.
Support for running from a CD is built into Audacity Portable. Just extract it to a local drive and run it at least once to generate a set of default settings. Next, make any configuration changes you'd like. Finally, burn the whole AudacityPortable directory to CD being sure not to change the locations of any files.
The following are known issues with this package:
I made some modifications to the default version of Audacity to make it more USB key friendly (decreasing total install size and the number of writes to the drive, which will increase drive life). These changes are listed here so you'll know what they are, and so you can recreate the process, if so desired.