Finally, More Windows Ultimate Extras [Updated]



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the site i came across giving more than 500 free dreamscene downloads. 


Keith E. Whisman

Wow... why would you need surround sound speakers just to hear windows sounds? It's just the same sounds but filtered/altered to sound different.
I think they can make alot more interesting dream scenes though.. What are they afraid of. Ultimate Extras = MS Plus Vista Ultimate Version. And as with previos versions of Plus it's not really all that wow. But at least when it comes to DreamScene this does harken back to MS Plus for Win95 when it introduced Windows Themes. That was cool. Plus for Win98 was just ok. It included McAfee Antivirus and an MP3 converter. And then Plus for XP offered tiny dancers and lots of shareware.
Perhaps this is MS Plus going back to it's roots. However this version is only for Ultimate users and it's free. It could have been put in a box and sold as MS Plus for Vista.



As ericlinna points out, using the Test mode to compare the sound schemes has a glitch in it. Using his method (or just selecting the different sound schemes and letting them play as you work with Vista) shows a big difference!
It's amazing how illogical a business built on binary logic can be.



If you just select one event sound and only test one event sound, yes, they all sound alike. Because you're listening to the same sound! It's a glitch. To hear the difference between the sounds:

1) Select the scheme you want to hear.

2) Select the event sound you want to hear.

3) Click on "Test".

4) Enjoy sound.

5) Select scheme you want to compare.

6) Select a DIFFERENT event sound.

7) Select the event sound chosen in step 2.

8) Return surround sound system.

They are indeed different, and you don't have to go buy a surround sound system to hear it.

You can thank me later for saving you hundreds of dollars!!!



Thanks very much for pointing out the problem with my test procedure. Switching between sound schemes and playing the same sound seemed the logical method to compare the differences, but the glitch you pointed out means that it was the wrong method to use. I've updated the article with your suggested test method.
It's amazing how illogical a business built on binary logic can be.



I know it seems silly to try a 5.1 surround audio system to hear the differences in sound schemes, but I just don't hear much difference between these new schemes and the Windows Default with typical speaker/headset output. I also remember Windows Themes, and there was no problem telling the differences then.

As far as DreamScene goes, keep in mind that DreamScene isn't supposed to be as 'busy' as a screen saver. If DreamScene had a lot more animation, it would take a bigger hit on system resources.

I'm hoping that with Vista SP1 out of the way that the UltimatePC website will have a lot more goodies in the future. And while we're wishing for goodies for all Vista users, how about some Vista PowerToys?
It's amazing how illogical a business built on binary logic can be.

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