Can You Use LightScribe With Windows 11?
Windows 11 Launch
On October 5th 2021 Microsoft launched Windows 11 as a free upgrade to Windows 10.
When will you be able to get Windows 11?
Windows 11 will continue rolling out through mid-2022. The newer your device is, the sooner you’re likely to have access to the update. The older your PC is, the longer you’ll probably have to wait.
It has been just over 2 months and I have receive some initial feedback from LightScribe users who have ‘upgraded’ to Windows 11 and their experience with trying to get LightScribe to work on Microsoft’s latest offering.
Things have not got worse.
Please do take this lightly. Compared to Apple, Microsoft has not stopped older software (32 bit) the ability to install and run on Windows 11. Apple’s last two Mac OS versions Big Sur and Monterey will not allow 32 bit software to install – Thankfully Microsoft has not gone down that route with Windows 11.
Just in case you did not know, the reason this is critical for LightScribe is that the LightScribe System Software is 32 bit software so no matter what Labeling software you use, you need this to install for LightScribe to work. Additionally, all the Free Labeling Software is 32 bit as well.
Things have not got better.
To summarize the initial feedback I have received, Installing LightScribe Software is no easier on Windows 11 than it was on 8.1 or 10.
The solution to installing the System Software, namely, using Windows 7 or 8.0 compatibility settings still works for most people when installing on Windows 11.
However you will still need to use the methods shown in these videos to install and use the Free LightScribe Software.
I will continue to monitor all the feedback I get, and will post additional information on how Windows 11 is shaping up with LightScribe in the coming months.
Please let me know how you get on using (or trying to use) LightScribe with Windows 11. The more people who contact me with their experiences the more accurate a picture I can build and be able to bring that clearer picture to all LightScribe users.
You can contact me using the form on my Contact page.
I hope this has been useful to you in your ongoing LightScribe journey 🙂
All my best,