Why is Windows blocking Cakewalk by BandLab?

As a user of Windows 8 or 10, you’ll notice that Microsoft has included a number of built-in security features to help protect you against malicious apps. While generally this is quite helpful, Windows SmartScreen also prevents any unrecognized or newer applications from starting until you tell it otherwise. This is the case for Cakewalk by BandLab, as it is a brand new application. 

When you reach this dialog, you will notice only one button, “Don’t Run”. Rather than ending here, choose “More info” directly below the message. This will reveal new information, including the app name and publisher. Since you’ll recognize our app name, as well as seeing our name as the publisher, you can now choose “Run anyway” to allow Windows to run Cakewalk by BandLab.

This message directly correlates to Cakewalk by BandLab being a brand new release. Over time as more users install, this message will disappear. If you do see it, don’t worry! As long as you’re installing Cakewalk by BandLab via the BandLab Assistant, you know you’re getting your new program from a safe place.