Desktop Companions & Assistants


MS Agent Downloads


This page contains FREE downloads to manually install the required Microsoft Agent components needed to operate this technology.

The Microsoft Agent core components cannot be uninstalled and are an extension of the Windows Operating System and are already included as part of Windows 2000, Me, XP and Vista operating systems. Windows 7 and above must use Double Agent instead of the Microsoft Agent components which is avialable on our new user start up and instruction page ...

If your already using windows 2000, ME, XP or Vista and are here for just an additional voice or language, you can skip Step 1.

Windows 7
If you are running Windows 7 or above and are wanting to use SAPI 4.0 voices you need to download and install the L&H Text to Speech Engine (tv_enua.exe) from Step 2. It's also recommended to install the British Voices (lhttseng.exe) as these are the default voices for the DesktopMates characters, although you can use any voices you have installed.

Step 1
Install Microsoft Agent Core Components Version 2.0 (395K)
Download the above MSAgent.exe setup program and run it to install the core components. (You may delete the setup program after the install complete)

Step 2
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. Once you have this installed you should see Lernout & Hauspie TruVoice American English TTS Engine in the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs list.

Install SAPI 4.0 runtime support for L&H TTS3000 engines.

Additional Lernout & Hauspie TTS3000 Engines are available from the table below.
You need to download and install both the TTS Engine and the Language Add-On for the desired Language. For example, to install French Text-to-Speech, download and install both lhttsfrf.exe and agtx040C.exe from the table.

Language TTS Engine
(2-3 MB)
Language Add-On
(128 KB)
British English lhttseng.exe already installed
Dutch lhttsdun.exe agtx0413.exe
French lhttsfrf.exe agtx040C.exe
German lhttsged.exe agtx0407.exe
Italian lhttsiti.exe agtx0410.exe
Japanese lhttsjpj.exe agtx0411.exe
Korean lhttskok.exe agtx0412.exe
Portuguese (Brazilian) lhttsptb.exe agtx0416.exe
Russian lhttsrur.exe agtx0419.exe
Spanish lhttsspe.exe agtx0C0A.exe

For better sounding english female voices ...

Step 3
Install the Microsoft Speech Control Panel (840K)
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.

Install Microsoft Speech Recognition (6mb)