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(Windows) Apollo Thunderbolt Installation, Registration & Authorization

The steps below will guide you through the process of installing the UAD software, registering your Apollo, and authorizing your UAD plug-ins. 

Important Note: A Windows 10 PC with Thunderbolt 3 built-in via USB-C and a qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter are required to use Apollo via Thunderbolt with Windows 10. For details, see the Apollo Thunderbolt Windows Compatibility article.

    1. Connect and power Apollo

      Before installing the UAD software, connect your Apollo to a Thunderbolt 3 enabled USB-C port on your PC via a Thunderbolt cable and qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter, then power on the Apollo. 

      A "New Thunderbolt devices have been attached" message will appear when connecting your Apollo Twin to the computer for the first time. For details, see this article.

    2. Download the UAD software

      Registration and authorization is managed by the UAD software. Visit to get the latest UAD software installer.

    3. Install the UAD software

      Open the UAD software installer after the download is complete. The installer will guide you through the process. Be sure to restart the computer when prompted. 

      Note: If the "Firmware Update" prompt appears, click Load and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

    4. Register your Apollo

      After restarting, your web browser will launch and connect to the UA website. You will be prompted to create an account or log in to an existing account (if not already logged in). Follow the instructions on the web pages to register your Apollo and claim the bundled UAD plug-ins.

      Note: If your web browser doesn't launch automatically, you can start the process manually by clicking the Authorize Plug-Ins button on the Plug-Ins panel in the UAD Meter & Control Panel.

    5. Authorize your Apollo

      After registration is complete, authorize your Apollo by clicking the Authorize Plug-Ins button on the Plug-Ins panel in the UAD Meter & Control Panel.


    6. Configure Windows

      Follow the steps in the articles below to configure Windows for use with your Apollo. After Windows configuration is complete, the system is ready for use. 

      Windows Setup - Required Settings
      Windows Optimization - Optional Settings