Handbrake 1.5.1 changes Windows requirements to Windows 10 or 11 and .NET 6

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 12, 2022
Updated • Jan 12, 2022
Music and Video

Handbrake 1.5.1, released a day after Handbrake 1.5.0 was released, is a major new release of the open source video transcoder. Among the many changes are new system requirements for the Windows version.

Handbrake 1.5.1 is no longer compatible with pre-Windows 10 Windows operating systems. The last working version of Handbrake for those systems is Handbrake 1.4.2, which is still available for download on Github.

Handbrake for Windows requires Windows 10 or higher, and the Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime version 6.0.0 or later. The installer displays a download prompt if the runtime is not detected. The link opens Microsoft's official .NET 6.0 Runtime download page from which the latest version can be downloaded.

The developers recommend that queues are emptied before the upgrade to the new version is run.

The news of the new version has not been published yet on the official website of the project, but GitHub lists all the information already.

Handbrake 1.5.1 is a rebuild of version 1.5.0 of the application. The release includes the usual assortment of updated library files that power core features of the multimedia application.

Release notes are divided into sections for all supported operating systems. The Windows release got support for notifications, which users need to enable under Preferences > When Done. Support for right to left rendering has been added, and the queue got two new options -- move to top and move to bottom -- to improve queue management. The new version fixes several issues, including a crash issue on Windows devices.

The Mac and Linux versions share some of the changes, and interested users may want to check out the official release notes for an overview. The Linux version comes with updated Flatpak dependencies, and the Mac OS X version requires Mac OS 10.13 or higher now.

Handbrake is a handy video encoder that can process single files or queues of files. The program displays the options on start, and users may use drag & drop or a file browser to add supported media files to the application.

From there, it depends on the target media formats for the files that were added to the program. Handbrake supports many popular audio and video formats.

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More and more programs start to make Windows 10 the requirement, even though Windows 7 ESU and Windows 8.1 are supported for another year.

Now You: have you used Handbrake in the past?

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  1. m said on June 5, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    handbreak still need to make it clear on what net 6 .. the auto fuaction get you to download the wrong one

    1. m said on June 5, 2022 at 4:59 pm

      i followe the using descktop and it work fine .. but the in auto update get you to download wrong one .. thanks for the adviece on this page btw i have have it all working fine now

  2. Anonymous said on January 14, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    Been using Ripbot264 for years, no need to switch.

  3. upgrade hysteria said on January 14, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Why do Handbrake require .NET 6, are they using some new programming tech that can’t handle older.NET or else?

  4. beergas said on January 13, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Have run prior versions and happy results. Bit of learning curve when beginner, then easy. Thanks.

  5. Anonymous said on January 13, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Too bad for them. I am switching to something else then.

  6. Tom Hawack said on January 12, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Handbrake 1.3.3 (May 03, 2020) here. I had installed it with the good resolution to transcode many of the many old flv, avi, wmv videos I’ve accumulated over the years. I did a few, worked great and then … moved on to other tasks.

    Not that I can’t read old formats, only that I had in mind transcoding them all to mp4. Some other time, lol.

    Win7 here therefor no Handbrake 1.5.1. I see on Handbrake’s GitHub repository that between 1.3.3 and 1.5.1 several versions have been made available. I’ll think about it. If I have the time … Back to day dreaming.

  7. Anonymous said on January 12, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    RIP Handbrake. Time to find alternatives that don’t rely on this .NET garbage.

    1. firesoul31 said on January 13, 2022 at 2:28 pm

      you could always use the linux version, which does not require .net

      1. Anonymous said on August 28, 2022 at 8:10 pm

        Maybe he doesn’t have Linux

  8. Dave said on January 12, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    I’ve used Handbrake for years, mostly to ‘fix’ video files. EI: Recode them to a format compatible with the device I want to play them on. Most often the audio track.

    You can also correct display dimensions if the media is squished or streched.

  9. John G. said on January 12, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    I wonder why W11 does not require .NET 6.0 considering that it is the fastest net version! :[

    1. Anonymous said on January 13, 2022 at 1:05 am

      What did you mean by required? If you meant preinstalled, Windows 11 has 4.8 preinstalled.

      1. John G. said on January 13, 2022 at 4:02 pm

        @Anonymous yes, that’s the question, W11 should have .net 6.0 preinstalled. Dozens of articles are claiming around the web that .NET 6.0 is by far the best and fastest .NET ever done, including MS papers, and it could be useful to speed up W11 definitely. :|

  10. Anonymous said on January 12, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Downloaded this version on my WIndows 10 Pro system, and got the prompt to install the .NET6 files. Handbrake still does not recognize .NET6 is there. Will try falling back to an earlier version of Handbrake.

    1. Peterc said on January 12, 2022 at 8:43 pm


      Handbrake requires the Windows “DESKTOP” version of .NET 6 runtime. Microsoft also hosts a stripped-down version for Windows console apps. If you have the console version installed but not the “desktop” version, Handbrake won’t run. Go to this page:

      Download .NET 6.0 (Linux, macOS, and Windows)

      and choose the appropriate installer for your system (Arm64, x64, or x86) from this section, which is around halfway down the page on the right:

      .NET Desktop Runtime 6.0.1

      The .NET Desktop Runtime enables you to run existing Windows desktop applications. This release includes the .NET Runtime; you don’t need to install it separately.

      1. John G. said on January 13, 2022 at 4:07 pm

        Installing .NET desktop is more than enough to run any software that needs it. Furthermore the .net 6.0 desktop runtime is updated throught Windows Update (and also Powershell 7.2 too, by the way, I wonder why C++ is not updated in the same way). :]

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