Windows Ultimate Extras to return in Windows 8?

By Tom Warren, on 2nd May 11 12:07 pm with 8 Comments

Windows 8 Ultimate Extras

Microsoft may be planning to revive Windows Ultimate Extras in Windows 8, WinRumors has learned.

The software giant is currently compiling early Milestone copies of Windows 8 and is offering a range of Windows Ultimate Extras via Windows Update. Microsoft Tinker, Ultimate Extra Sounds from Microsoft Tinker and Windows Sound Schemes are all available via Windows 8′s Windows Update. Microsoft killed off Ultimate Extras in Windows 7 after initially offering free Extras to Windows Vista Ultimate users.

Microsoft’s failed Vista Ultimate Extras were a big promise from the company of “cutting-edge programs, innovative services and unique publications.” At least they were in Vista RTM, by the time Vista SP1 was rolled out nearly all references to Vista Ultimate Extras were removed. Blogger Long Zheng called them the “ultimate con” at the time and in hindsight he was right. Microsoft made several promises of more extras which resulted in the company launching UltimatePC.com which now redirects to the Vista home-page.

Hold’Em, a Poker card game, was an original Ultimate Extra released at the same time as Vista general availability. Tinker, a 60-level robot puzzle video game, was originally released in September, 2008. Microsoft confirmed that Windows 7 Ultimate would not feature the Extras applications, claiming “our new approach to planning and building Windows doesn’t have the capacity to continue to deliver features outside the regular release cycle…as a result we don’t plan to create Ultimate Extras.”

However, the company did release Microsoft Tinker and Hold ‘Em as separate downloads for Windows 7 users. It’s not yet clear whether the company will introduce any additional Ultimate Extras for Windows 8 users or just simply make the previous Vista versions available via Windows Update. Microsoft is currently working on various Windows 8 features and is expected to deliver an early copy to developers at its Windows Developer Conference (WDC) in September. Here’s a round-up of the latest Windows 8 news:

Thanks to WinRumors reader Jonathan for the news tip

Update: As some commenters have pointed out, the Extras may be offered to some users who have hacked their Windows 8 copies to act like Vista.

  • http://twitter.com/Daniel_H_UK Daniel Hartshorn

    Have tinker on windows 7 and its not that good but hopefully they will add some extras that are worth getting windows 8 untimate for

  • http://thelonghornblog.blogspot.com/ Angel of Despair

    No it’s not.
    Ultimate Extras in Windows Update only ’cause of “unlocking” of hidden features with slc.dll from Vista.

    • Anonymous

      True. I had those too, but after installing updates nothing new came on games and sounds.

  • http://twitter.com/mcakins McAkins Online

    hmm, this could just be garbage code from Vista carried over. ‘Cause they have the same name and size.

  • http://twitter.com/kenobeano Keno Butler

    nothing exciting here…

  • Dave Dustin

    Where is the Hold’em download for Windows 7 users?

  • K a M a L

    Loooooooooool
    they are not windows 8 update
    this is an error due to vista slc.dll in redpill patch

  • Guest

    Tinker is also a free download to anyone one, even XP users.

    http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/Games/Tinker/