Microsoft Launches New Windows Vista Ultimate Extras

Despite no announcement being made on UltimatePC.com, Microsoft have released a new sound scheme and a content pack for Windows DreamScene as part of its Windows Vista Ultimate Extras offerings for customers who purchased the Ultimate edition of Vista.

After installing the sound pack customers get Ultimate Extras Pearl and Glass sound schemes and additional Windows DreamScene Content.

For those who have been waiting for Ultimate Extras perhaps this is a sign that more is to come from the software giant.

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I wasn't impressed.

Am I doing something wrong that DreamScene turned on = 10-15% CPU usage on an E6750 otherwise at idle? And this with a graphics card (Radeon HD3650) that was advertised as good at doing the heavy lifting for video.

Vista Utimate has all of the features of Vista Home Premium and Business. That's the reason to purchase Ultimate- not for the extras. The extras are just extras- little tidbits like the Microsoft Plus packs were. I think most people are expecting way too much from Ultimate Extras. I think DreamScene and the games and sound schemes are quite sufficient, and just about what Microsoft promised.

I have Vista Ultimate SP1, and yeah I do download the Extras just for the heck of it, except the language packs.

Last year when I got the Ultimate upgrade, I have discovered a way to force ReadyBoost on an incompatible flash drive (via RegEdit) and also discovered how to enable BitLocker without the use of TPM (via Group Policy). Google it and you'd find tons of answers.

And, if you say such comments like "Wow good for you, here's a cookie" I'll burn you. Those 2 features are most needed for me, and my 4-year-old Dell computer doesn't even support those. The extras are cool, not needed, but 2 of the extras have to have BitLocker enabled.

Pearl sounds like XP's sound scheme played by a crackhead. :P
Glass is okay. The shutdown sound is far too long.

I'm getting the idea these sounds were unused sound samples done by Robert Fripp.

Hey Microsoft. I need you to release a new themes. Seriously I hate main theme for Vista, changing the color is not enough for me...

yeah. nice sounds.

Yes, Microsoft is expected to release quite a few Ultimate Extras this year. Such long gaps makes no sense. An extara a month would probably be better. While to most they may be useless, some actually are looking forward to it. How about some themes or visual styles?

Something is better than nothing, but the kind of person who would buy Ultimate is also the kind of person who would be least likely to be interested in a sound theme. A new visual style might be more welcome though.

Anyway, keep them coming - once or twice a month would be nice.

Vista Ultimate = Home Premium + Business. If people bought it for the 'extras' part then they learned a lesson. Before Vista even came out websites were already showing some of the extras in Ultimate so you knew the extras were going to be little things nothing big. Who in their right mind would pay more just for extras if that was just the only thing that made Ultimate special? If you wanted Home Premium + Business then you made a smart purchase.

However, no other version of Vista includes all the various features that Ultimate does, even as options (not even Vista Enterprise). In fact, what would Vista Business (or Enterprise, for that matter), offer a *home* user (even a telecommuter) that Ultimate lacks?. I went with Ultimate (as opposed to Home Premium) *not* for the e-penis value, but because I do at times have to log onto other PCs running Vista *remotely*. No other version of Vista lets me do that (not even Enterprise).

Finally, *unlike* Enterprise, Ultimate is available in System Builder three-packs, as well as singly (Enterprise, however, isn't available *at all* outside of VLAs or MSDN).

Vista Ultimate is more like Media Center Edition 2007 Third Edition; however unlike the first two, it's readily available retail (and in the OEM channel, unlike the original Media Center Edition), whereas Home Premium and Business replaced the wildly successful XP Professional. While Home Premium includes *some* of the features of MCE, it certainly doesn't include them all. Also, unlike Media Center Edition, domain support is intact (and doesn't require hacks). And before you trot out Virtual PC 2007 (which Enterprise does include) Ultimate supports VPC 2007 (which can be added to any version of Vista at no cost except download time and bandwidth).

(PGHammer said @ #27.1)
However, no other version of Vista includes all the various features that Ultimate does, even as options (not even Vista Enterprise). In fact, what would Vista Business (or Enterprise, for that matter), offer a *home* user (even a telecommuter) that Ultimate lacks?. I went with Ultimate (as opposed to Home Premium) *not* for the e-penis value, but because I do at times have to log onto other PCs running Vista *remotely*. No other version of Vista lets me do that (not even Enterprise).

Finally, *unlike* Enterprise, Ultimate is available in System Builder three-packs, as well as singly (Enterprise, however, isn't available *at all* outside of VLAs or MSDN).

Vista Ultimate is more like Media Center Edition 2007 Third Edition; however unlike the first two, it's readily available retail (and in the OEM channel, unlike the original Media Center Edition), whereas Home Premium and Business replaced the wildly successful XP Professional. While Home Premium includes *some* of the features of MCE, it certainly doesn't include them all. Also, unlike Media Center Edition, domain support is intact (and doesn't require hacks). And before you trot out Virtual PC 2007 (which Enterprise does include) Ultimate supports VPC 2007 (which can be added to any version of Vista at no cost except download time and bandwidth).

Sorry my last sentence should have said "If you wanted Home Premium + Business then you made a smart purchase by getting Ultimate."

First thing I do is disable all sounds on my OS. I like vista but ultimate is a joke and is not worth the extra money. MS defintely screwed people over with ultimate and the so called extra features.

i got mine via windows 2008 server launch here :D

anyways, lets hope that microsoft do a single version of windows like mac osx.

after all these years they spent developing Vista... and this is the extra content?? screw u guys(M$) i'm going home!
how about including some extra cursor themes or some general themes?? or some hi quality wallpapers cause the default ones are a joke... a bad joke that is!!
i remember as it was yesterday the joy i had when i installed Plus! for Windows 98... cool themes with walls, sounds, cursors... how expensive is to make something like that??? there are tones of freelancers out there who would make these things for free only for the credits.
M$ is like pointing at their clients, laughing and saying: SUCKERS!!!

Most people only needed XP Home Edition, but they all wanted to be Professionals. I even remember hearing many people claim that Home Edition was based on the old DOS kernel like 98. It's all about marketing; name a version of Windows "Ultimate" and everyone is going to think they need it.

Microsoft, release some more visual styles, so we don't have to crack your UXtheme or buy WindowBlinds!! COME ON!!

Sounds are the first thing to get disabled on my system, along with all fades and animations. I leave the transparency though

A new sound scheme might be nice since Vista's default one is worse than XP's.

I just hope the new sound scheme was cheaper to make than the original one. I remember Neowin posting articles before Vista's release about the time and money Microsoft spent creating the "perfect" startup chime for Vista. A terrible waste of money on a few seconds of sound noise.

And you can't even customize it!!! That's a slap in the face.

I actually like the default Vista sound scheme much more than XP's. XP's sound scheme was all in-your-face, while Vista's is more subtle.

this is funny after I download the update it told me another update was avaible and it was vista service pack 1 wow I was surprised.

You gotta commend them for having the balls to put out such useless crap after all the flak they got for their absolutely poor Ultimate scheme.

I for one happy I bought Ultimate Edition. I wanted the ability to have features of Home Premium and Business together like Media Centre and join a network domain. I didn't buy it for the ultimate extras so would get unused anyway.

Anyone who got it just for the Ultimate Extras I would be rather surprised.

(ecotrojan said @ #8)
god i'm such a sucker for buying Vista Ultimate

Me to (though I purchased OEM simply by picking up a new HDD), I could have purchased Home Premium and run a crack to get Remote Desktop functional and if I wanted dream scene (the only slightly interesting extra) I would now have it as part of my Stardock subscription)

(ecotrojan said @ #1)
god i'm such a sucker for buying Vista Ultimate

A sucker indeed, if the only reason you bought Ultimate was for extras..... :suspicious:

A different sound scheme is actually a good idea, it should help me getting completely annoyed at one so I won't turn them off.

My thoughts exactly. Besides the fact that these are useless (I disable all Windows sounds anyway), by now I can't imagine that most people really care about the Extras now anyway.

I care about Ultimate Extras but these are a slap in the face to those of us that were actually waiting for something worthwhile. I disable all sounds and have no interest in any of the video desktops I have seen to date. I'm much rather have some more games or new visual styles - anything I'd actually want to use.

(Hurmoth said @ #2.1)
My thoughts exactly. Besides the fact that these are useless (I disable all Windows sounds anyway), by now I can't imagine that most people really care about the Extras now anyway.

Opinions opinions opinions... I like these... you don't , they are useless to you.

People should really start to differ personal taste from facts.