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Windows 7: Audio Routing?? What a joke..

15 Oct 2009   #1

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Audio Routing?? What a joke..

What I could easily do with Vista and no longer in Windows 7:

- Putting Volume in the quicklaunch (handy for macro's: windowskey+nr.position of the app.). No longer though! With a trick, one can retrieve the quicklaunch bar in Windows 7, but the shortcutkeys don't work with those...So macro's and sound in Windows 7: forget it.

- More and far most important; in vista you could mark a device as standard (i.e. s/pdif), start a programme (iTunes) and flip back the mark to standard desktopspeakers. Vista/iTunes stuck with sound through s/pdif to my receiver and windows itself would go on with mail/systemsounds etc.through the systemspeakers. Not only iTunes, all software would remember where it started up with untill you reboot the software. But no...not Windows 7....Windows 7 is much more efficient and adjusts the changes within the program session...which I donīt want!! Why canīt I just state a certain program to always use one certain device?? Now I'm in the kitchen hearing systemsounds again...

It seams that Windows 7 is easier, faster, Apple-ier....and thus unadjustable..

Sorry, forgot a quote from cnet one whole year ago: Intelligent routing. Microsoft promises that audio will flow more reliably to the proper devices--for example, a song will naturally play over your speakers, while a Voice-over-IP call will flow to your headphones. Again, nice idea, but wait to see if the implementation works"...and now we know, it doesn't.

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06 Nov 2009   #2

Windows Vista SP2 x64

I'm in the same situation as you. ive been scouring the internet looking for a fix for this "design feature" but so far ive found nothing.

is there anyone else who could help? its known as either Intelligent routing as stated above or Stream Routing as quoted by Microsoft.

is there no registry key that can disable this?
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12 Dec 2009   #3


I have the same problem with you. I just registered to see if there is any new solutions and hope microsoft will add updates about this. this one is really a joke. I even try to run a virtual OS to solve this but failed.
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