Category Archives: Software

Free e-books from Microsoft

Microsoft has just released 8 free technical e-books:


Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold

Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)

Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

First Look Microsoft Office 2010

Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance

Free gifts for M$, wee! Nice.


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.

How to uninstall Windows Desktop Search

Some notes about Windows Desktop Search, well, for some people it may be a very good tool. I thought it should help me a lot to find my files. But wait, what a resource eater this WDS is, and really after 2 years of using it I didn’t become satisfactory with search results at all.
So I decided to uninstall it. Everything should be as always when you uninstall any MS program – simple, but really not for WDS.
I uninstalled it from “Add/Remove programs” control panel. OK, finished, restart. WDS doesn’t start and seems gone.

But later, when I pressed F3 in MyPC for file searching, and instead of standard simple windows search I SEE all again Windows Desktop Search, damn… Seems, it wasn’t full uninstall. Then I thought, I will install it again a fresh copy, and then I will uninstall. I downloaded an WDS EN 3.01 version from Microsoft website. Installed it. Going to remove in “Add/Remove Programs”, well…. it shows no WDS is installed (even with “Show updates” option). WTF. Though it clearly runs with my every computer start. So how to get rid of this thing without reinstalling all my pc??

Searching the google…
I found some information from Microsoft: .

But man I didn’t install neither MSN search toolbars, nor other MS stuff, just WDS. Not useful information.
Found some instructions from Kotsar Andrew: .

OMG you need to create a WDS uninstall information manually, because I didn’t find such uninstall information even in my Windows dir (it should be hidden system folder with $KB….). :((.
But then again I found a very good instructions here: .

Well seems I am not the only one here with WDS. Luckily I had another computer with WDS installed and uninstall information present there. So you need to copy that information to your Windows directory (for WDS 3.01 it should be $NtUninstallKB917013$, hidden system folder ) and manually run spuninst.exe. Then it should uninstall.