How to install Microsoft TTS Anna engine on Windows XP

book open sound 128  Microsoft introduced new TTS voice called "Anna" on Vista OS. Sadly it is only available for Vista and no separate download option for Windows XP users, personally I still use Windows XP on many machines. 😦

You can find more info about TTS (Text To Speech engines on Microsoft site). New voice "Anna" is more clear and more natural, than any other voice available on XP versi0ns.

Still, there is an option to use "Anna" voice on XP for FREE. You need to download and install Microsoft Street And Trips 2009 !
It is available for FREE (60 day trial version is download-able from Microsoft here ). Its huge, about 1,5 GB, so you need some place on your hard disk for download.

So download and install Streets 2009. With it also Microsoft nice "Anna" TTS engine is installed to pronounce (speak) street names.
You can enjoy this product for 60 days, or uninstall it the same day — "Anna" engine will not be uninstalled ! Cool. 🙂
It is still left on system.
You can check its properties through Control Panel’s Speech category settings.


PS. It is also possible to extract only TTS Anna setup files (About 32 MB). But still you should download Streets at first. Then after installation start, look for temp folder where temporary installation files were extracted. Most probably it will be your User’s "Documents and Settings/Local settings/Temp" Folder. Look for TTS.

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5 responses to “How to install Microsoft TTS Anna engine on Windows XP

  • Allen Charles

    Thanks for the “Kindness” of telling us about this. I am using Adobe to read PDF books for me and MS SAM will make your brain turn to powder after a while.


  • M-Dogg

    Thanks. I don’t understand why Microsoft doesn’t include many more natural sounding voices for us to choose from besides Sam.

    Yuck 😦

    I agree, the Sam voice is very irritating and you can only listen to it for awhile before it lulls you to sleep.

  • MZ

    M$ is working for just more $.
    Very rarely they care about users. Though google improves the situation.

  • 1scapegoat

    I like the SAPI 4 voice of Mary. It is superior to the SAM voice for SAPI 5, which comes with XP.

    To use SAPI 4 voices with XP, download and install the redistributable Microsoft Speech API 4.0 file (spchapi.EXE). Also, you would need to download and install the Microsoft Speech Control Panel (SpchCpl.exe); the Speech Control Panel will add an icon to your Control Panel to enable you to list the compatible text-to-speech engines installed on your system and customize their settings for your use.

    I’ve been using (and upgrading when available) a free TTS program called, “Balabolka” for a few years now. I really like it. In fact, I now have the portable version on a jump-drive.

    In the FAQ at the site that provides Balaboka (, I found the above info on installing the SAPI 4 voices (and links to the necessary files).

    Wikipedia has an article on the subject too:

  • Vasiliy

    It’s my experience to install Anna to XP.
    1) Find torrent with “MSTTSEng_21” folder, for example MICROSOFT_AUTOROUTE_v2011-DVTiSO
    2) Open found link in torrent client and download only this folder
    3) Install
    4) Enjoy

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