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Microsoft Agent 2.0 Setup

Microsoft® Agents are animated characters that can move around the screen and talk to you.  Windows 2000 & ME comes with them built in. It is easy to install them for Windows 95/98/NT. There are a number of characters to choose from.

Below are the setup instructions for MicroSoft® Agent.  If you have any problems with these instructions, please visit the Microsoft Agent Home Page.

System requirements

bulletWindows® 9x, Windows NT® 4.0 (x86), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or later
bulletInternet Explorer version 4.0 or later
bulletA Pentium 100-MHz PC (or faster)
bulletAt least 16 MB of RAM
bulletAt least 1 MB free disk space for the core components
bulletAn additional 2-4 MB for each character you install.
bulletAn additional 32K for each language component (dll).

Recommended

bulletAn additional 1.6 MB free disk space if you plan to use the Lernout & Hauspie® TruVoice Text-To-Speech Engine for speech output
bulletAn additional 22 MB free disk space if you plan to use the Microsoft Speech Recognition Engine for speech input
bulletA Windows-compatible sound card
bulletA compatible set of speakers and microphone

 

STEP 1
spindisk.gif (5532 bytes) Install Microsoft Agent Core Components
version 2.0 (395K)

WINDOWS 2000 and Windows Me Users skip this step.  The Microsoft Agent Core Components are already installed on Windows 2000 and Windows Me.

Download the above MSAgent.exe setup program and run it to install the core components.  You may then delete the setup program.

STEP 2
spindisk.gif (5532 bytes) Install the Lernout & Hauspie TruVoice,
Text-to-Speech Engine (English version)  (1MB).

The Lernout & Hauspie TruVoice Text-to-Speech (TTS) Engine provides speech output capabilities for Microsoft Agent so you can hear what the characters are saying through your sound speakers.

Download the above tv_enua.exe setup program and run it to install the TTS Engine.  You may then delete the setup program.

If you've already installed this, you should see
Lernout & Hauspie TruVoice American English TTS Engine
in the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs list.

STEP 3 (OPTIONAL)
spindisk.gif (5532 bytes) Install the Microsoft Speech Recognition Engine,
version 4.0 (6MB)

This step is optional.  You can download this later.

The Microsoft Speech Recognition Engine provides speech input capabilities for Microsoft Agent. This allows you to speak to characters through a microphone.  However, Microsoft Agent must be specifically programmed to understand and interact with what you are saying.  Microsoft Agent does not support dictation.

Download the above actcnc.exe setup program and run it to install the TTS Engine.  You may then delete the setup program.

If you've already installed this, you will see
Microsoft Agent Speech Recognition Engine 4.0 (English)
in the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs list.

STEP 4
spindisk.gif (5532 bytes) Install the Microsoft Speech Control Panel
(840K)

This step is optional.  You can download this later.

The Speech Control Panel will add an icon to your Control Panel to enable you to list the compatible speech recognition and text-to-speech engines installed on your system and customize their settings for your use.

STEP 5
spindisk.gif (5532 bytes) Download Peedy

  Click HERE to download Peedy

STEP 6
spindisk.gif (5532 bytes) Download Oscar

  Click HERE to download Oscar

STEP 7

That's all folks!  After everything is installed, please return to the MAIN Page or see the additional information below.  Enjoy!

There are many Agent characters available and many more are being created.  Now that you have Microsoft Agent installed on your computer, you only have to download additional Characters available and save them to your C:\WINDOWS\MSAGENT\CHARS or C:\WINNT\MSAGENT\CHARS folder, depending on your operating system.

Below are the most common Microsoft® Agents made by Microsoft.  In addition to the above characters, you should install these agents at a minimum.  These are the most common characters used on sites that are MSagent enhanced.

More and more web sites are using MSagents as a way to bring better communication and enjoyment to their site.  I suggest taking a look at the at my MS Agent Links page for more Agent info.
 

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