Friday, August 17, 2007

Vonage Voicemail Retriever under Vista

As one of the people that got hosed by Sunrocket last month, I had to scramble to keep my phone number. Soon after, I got a new computer and realized I'd been hosed twice - Vista's audio support is abysmal. There aren't any voice modems working correctly right now, so I had to give up my favorite answering machine program (CallStation) and use Vonage VM. There's a great program called Voicemail Retriever available at Luther Technologies that gives you desktop access to your messages. Of course, it won't load under Vista.
Here's how to install it (once installed, it works fine):

  1. Download and save VMRSetup.msi to your desktop.
  2. Create a shortcut to the .msi file.
  3. Change the target in the shortcut to the following (all one line):
%SystemRoot%\System32\msiexec.exe /a %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\VMRSetup.msi /l*v %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\%~n1.log"

Run it as an administrator from the shortcut. I don't know if the program is supposed to create any Start Menu entries, but this won't. Make your own if you want them. You'll get an installation log on your desktop, which you can delete if everything goes well.

***EDIT*** Here's a batch file that automates this process.

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