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Enhanced sound performance with Windows Vista

June 4th, 2006 by Kristan M. Kenney

One of the many new features in Windows Vista is the improved sound stack. This sound stack gives you the ability to have unsurpassed sound quality without skipping or stuttering.

Here’s the thing – for the most part, vendors have been shipping Windows XP drivers for Sound devices, and not alot of them have exclusive Windows Vista drivers available as of yet. The good thing? Windows Vista’s new sound stack can still make these drivers work great (provided they do work).

This has been tested with interim build 5381.1 and Windows Vista Beta 2 (Build 5384.4), and may not work on previous builds.

What you need to do is allow exclusive control mode for your audio device. To do this:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click “Hardware and Sound”.
  3. Click on “Audio Devices and Sound Themes”.
  4. Double click on the playback device you have installed in your computer.
  5. Navigate to the “Options” tab.
  6. Under “Exclusive Mode”, check “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device”.
  7. Also check “Give exclusive mode applications priority”.
  8. Press OK.

Now when you are rockin’ to your favorite tunes in Windows Media Player while doing some heavy data crunchin’, you won’t miss a beat!

Please note: You need to have a sound card that supports this, such as one of the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy or X-Fi cards, however it should work for most others as well.

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  1. Dimitri Provoost Says:

    I tried this, and after restarting, the sound worked. Then, the sound stopped working again. I wanted to undo the changes, but the “Options” tab was gone. How do I get it back?