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    voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    Back in the day when I had Windows XP I had it set up to use my voice to announce when I had received a email or turned my computer on or off and some other misc things. I knew how to do this all in XP but I don't know how in Vista. Is it possible to do this in Vista and if it is how do I do it??

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    Click the Start button, then select Control Panel.
    Select Hardware and Sound, or type sound in the search box and press Enter.
    Select Change system sounds.
    Highlight "New Mail Notification" in the list of events.
    Click the Browse button to locate the sound file with your voice.
    When you've selected it, click the Test button to hear the sound.
    Click OK.

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    I thank you for all of the information but can you tell me how I make a sound file with my voice??

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    Didn't you copy the file from your Windows XP computer? If not, you need to record your message using a microphone and the Sound Recorder accessory.

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    I couldn't copy the file from my Windows XP because it died and I lost everything. I know I should have backed it up more. Not making that mistake again. I will try what you have sent me.

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    I recorded my voice files and I can't upload them to the Change System Sounds because it has to be in a "wav." format and the voice recorder records in a "wma." format. How do I convert my recording to a "wav." format so that this will work??

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    Hmm, the Sound Recorder in Windows XP saves as .wav. Anyway, the free program Audacity should be able to perform the conversion.

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    According to Audacity: Features, unfortunately Audacity does NOT support WMA.

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    Sorry about that. I should have checked! <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    Lots of options here.
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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    I searched Google to find a free audio file converter and found a program that was free and I can record directly into it and it saves the file as a "wav" file. Then I was able to create my voice file and then added them to my sound file and then made the changes so that now the computer talks to me. Thank you all for all of your help.

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    Which program did you choose? Since you had good luck someone else may be interested.

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    It's called "WavePad Master's Edition" from NCH Swift Sound. I like it and it does the job just fine for me.

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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    Great. Glad the problem is solved.
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    Re: voice announcement (Vista Home Priemum)

    Note: WavePad is the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> version. WavePad Masters Edition is a shareware version. From WavePad Frequently Asked Questions (Presales):

    "Q. Is WavePad really free?
    Yes. We make WavePad free in the hope you will like it and buy WavePad Masters Edition in the future.

    The free version of WavePad also has the additional features of WavePad Master's Edition enabled for a 14-day free trial after the software is first installed. If you choose not to purchase the WavePad Master's Edition license upgrade at the end of the free trial period, the advanced features will be disabled but the standard WavePad features will continue to work. "

    In any event, it still looks like a worthwhile program.

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