Windows Vista made things really complicated for users who are using several different audio outputs, for example headphones and speakers on the system.
The problem is that Windows Vista can only support one default audio output and that users who want to change the default audio output on the operating system have to do that in a menu that is far far away from being practical for that purpose.
To change the Vista audio output users have to right-click the speaker icon and choose Playback Devices from the options. There they have to right-click on the playback device that they want to use right then and set it as the default audio device in Windows Vista.
They also have to close and reopen any program that was using the old audio output if they want to hear the sound on the new output.
And this operation has to be repeated whenever the audio device needs to be changed again. This is obviously not very practicable and one has to wonder why Microsoft decided to implement audio output this way on the operating system.
Vista Audio Changer steps in and provides an easier way to change the default Vista audio output in just two clicks. It provides a list of all audio devices when you open it which can be easily selected from the program interface.
It still misses a few features that would make it even more handy, like placing shortcuts on the desktop or providing hotkeys to select the default vista audio device faster.
While it is not as comfortable as it could be, for instance by detecting a "new" audio output device right away and switching to it automatically, it is making things more comfortable for users who use multiple audio output devices on PCs running Windows Vista.
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