Re: new to windows, need help with software selections

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Funnily enough I had no problems in this in windows 7, it greys it out on a first install. I think it could be that perhaps in the long lost past I did not let it install the software and some remnant is in the registry. It used to be easy to defeat in its 32 bit version with a simple registry key hack to the number of days since you last were offered any software, by setting all the flags in the hex to FF.

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From: "Quentin Christensen" <quentin@...>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:14 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] new to windows, need help with software selections

Eek! Sorry! I haven't installed from scratch for awhile clearly and
didn't remember that or I definitely would have warned you!


On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 3:51 PM, coffeekingms@... <
coffeekingms@...> wrote:


Thanks for all your suggestions. I just installed the cdex software using
the link you provided. As a warning to all of you, if you do install this
software, you might need sighted help to uncheck the option to install
recommended software, because there seems to be no accssible way to decline
it. If you do install the cd ripper as it wants, you'll get the following
additional software

avast antivirus

bite fence antimalware


advanced pc care

stack player

and your homepage will be set to yahoo web search in your default browser.
I'm still puzzling over how to remove avast, since I can't seem to click or
simulate a left click on the uninstall button, NVDA can't seem to route
the mouse pointer to the uninstall button using the caps lock plus kp
devide shortcut, but the others were easily removed. Despite all of this, I
like cdex. I don't like the sneaky bundling of software, and I'm rather
shocked that open source software would stoop to such a tactic. I'm not
annoyed at anyone hear though, I want to make that clear but at the extra
installations. I am going to install chrome and try it out, since I did
like chromium in the few minutes I played around with it.


Kendell Clark

On 2/14/2017 9:32 PM, Quentin Christensen wrote:

Hi Kendell,

Welcome to Windows, and to the NVDA list!

CDex is a popular CD ripper: It looks up freedb and
others (you can set the one you want). I must admit I always just rip to
MP3 so I haven't looked into other formats with it. Just looking at the
features, you can set it to use OGG, FLAC, AAC, WMA and other formats.

I'm not as familiar with downloading videos, or torrent programs I'm

I tend to steer clear of driver downloaders - you just don't know what
they are downloading and I think most of them cause more problems than they
solve. Mostly I let Windows manage drivers and it does do this a lot more
autonomously than it used to. Sometimes it is worth double checking you
are using the manufacturer's driver, though, particularly for audio and
video drivers and in that case, I usually go to the manufacturer's website.

I'm not sure about that file error you're getting. AMD will be your
processor and sys means it's a system file, possibly a driver, as you seem
to have guessed, but beyond that, I'm not sure. Is anything happening
immediately prior to it crashing? I did a google search on the filename
and got nothing (5 unrelated results) so whatever it is, it's evidently not
overly common.

Speaking of the Chrome browser, you'll actually find that it works fairly
well with NVDA if you do choose to install it. The popular browser with
NVDA has traditionally been Firefox, but it can be worth keeping Chrome
around just for the odd website that works better with one than the other.
Internet Explorer still works and still comes with Windows, even Windows
10. If you are on Windows 10, we do support the new browser "Edge", though
personally, I'd still stick with one of the others for the most part.

If you are after a word processor that isn't Microsoft Office (MS Office
works well with NVDA, but you asked about free), Jarte is a standalone one: otherwise, LibreOffice is a full office suite:

If you used Audacity for audio editing on Linux, you'll find it is
available for Windows as well:

I can't think of what else to recommend off the top of my head, but all
the best with your migration and do let us know if you encounter anything
else you need help or a recommendation on.

Kind regards


On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 2:04 PM, coffeekingms@... <
coffeekingms@...> wrote:

hi all

I'm a bit ashamed to say this, but I've just switched from linux,
specifically sonar gnu linux, to windows 10 full time. There are many
reasons why and I won't go into them hear since this is the wrong list,
but the windows blind community is just friendlier and much much less
prone to judge people based on what software they want to use, what
speech voice they want to use and so on. I was hoping you guys could
point me to some free as in price, and open source if possible, software
to do the things I've gotten used to doing in linux. I'll provide a list.

A cd ripper, preferably one that can look up info on cd databases, and
if such a thing exists, one that can look up data on audiobook cd's,
since the ones available for linux can't. It would be nice if it could
rip to opus or ogg vorbis files, preferably both, since I don't care for
mp3 and use free to use media formats like ogg or opus for everything.
Something that can download videos from youtube, entire playlists if
possible. I've found youtube dl gui for this, but it leaves the video
and audio tracks separate, instead of combining them so I have to
manuallt delete them. An audio converter, so I can convert mp3, m4b, etc
files into the formats I prefer to use. I've come across format factory
and already wrote about it hear, but it doesn't seem to handle opus so I
may need to use something else. I've just discovered kodi, the htpc
software. Can it handle using services such as spotify, pandora and I don't use any of these yet, but I'd like to start, assuming
spotify and pandora are still free to use. Accessible torrent software.
I've been usint q bittorrent, and it is usable but not very accessible.
I want torrent software for legal things, not the pirate bay and such.
Even though I'm no longer using sonar I still want to support it's
torrent seeds, as well as other linux distro torrents such as vinux and
fedora. Is there a good free program to keep drivers up to date? If
these are still needed. My computer is experiencing frequent bugcheck
screens from something called amdkfb.sys, and I thought maybe a free
driver updater would download an updated driver that would fix it.
Something that doesn't nag you to upgrade to a pro version would be
nice, and that can be run portable would be even better, but I don't
want to be picky. I'm only asking for all of these instead of doing my
own research because I'm frequently lead around in circles. Sites that
say a piece of software is free, when what they mean is free but comes
with extra stuff, free trial, or not free at all and they want you to
pay for it. Driver updaters that aren't accessible and often install
extras, such as pc care, pc cleaners, and the chrome browser. Are there
good ways of avoiding these kinds of things? I'm new to windows after
being in linux for five years so I might as well be a first time windows
user. Thanks for any help, I'll try not to ask for this much help again.


Kendell Clark

Quentin Christensen
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Ph +61 7 3149 3306
Twitter: @NVAccess

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