The All Important First Step:
Note: you CANNOT simply click on the character's file to make them run.
As mentioned on our site's main page regarding New User Start Up ... "DesktopMates characters are not stand alone products that run by themselves and require additional software to be installed which are all available free". The instructions from the new user start up page also explains how to load a character onto your desktop. New User Start Up Instruction Page Make sure you follow the link on the page and download the Free CyberBuddy program, once you have everything installed follow the instructions below.
Manually locating DesktopMates characters on your computer:
Simply copy and paste C:\Windows\Msagent\chars into your browser's address field.
Note: If you are running windows NT or windows 2000 Pro, you must manually change the directory path location during the setup to install to this path ... C:\winnt\Msagent\chars
- If you get an error such as "The page cannot be displayed" then this folder has not been installed on your computer and you need to install the MS Agent Core components on your system by going to our New User Start Up Instruction Page and refer to the Double Agent program.
- If the folder is there but the character is not listed then you don't have the character properly installed and you need to install it again making sure the auto install program's path is pointing to the correct directory folder.
- If the folder is there and the character is listed then proceed to the instructions below on how to load a character.
Loading a Character with CyberBuddy:
Start your "CyberBuddy" program with the "CyberBuddy" Icon on your desktop and then click on the "CyberBuddy" Icon in your task bar system tray to bring up CyberBuddy's main window then click on the "General" tab at the bottom then click "Character and Speech Options", this is where you select and bring up your "DesktopMates" or other MSAgent characters and also select speech and voice options etc. You will see a drop down list containing the characters you have installed and once have selected the character then go to the next drop down list to select one of the voices you have installed then set the voices speed and pitch to where you like it then click "done". This should now be your default character until you select a different character.
Loading a Character with Ultra Hal:
Start your "Ultra Hal" program with the "Hal" short cut on your desktop and then click on the "Hal" Icon in your task bar system tray to bring up Ultra Hal's main window then click on the "Menu" tab at the top then select "General Options" then click the "Character" tab and you will see a drop down list containing the characters you have installed, select the character you want to use and then click the "Speech" tab and select the speech engine you want to use and tweak the settings until you get the voice the way you like it and then click "Apply" then 'OK" and you should be set to use the character you have chosen with Ultra Hal.