Re: Trying to install NVDA from a portable copy on new Windows 10 computer but can't focus on the NVDA menu

Chris Mullins

Hi Fernando

I’ve just done this myself and I copied NVDA from an old computer to a new one as follows:

  1. Created a portable copy of NVDA on a USB stick from my old computer (NVDA 17.4).
  2. Plugged USB stick into new computer and ran portable copy of NVDA
  3. Opened NVDA menu, pressed t for Tools, then arrowed down to Install NVDA.. and pressed enter.
  4. NVDA began  installing after pressing alt Y to UAC prompt

At end of installation, NVDA opens a dialog asking:


Start NVDA after loggin into Windows (this was checked)

Start NVDA on log-in screen (this was checked)

Copy profile to installed copy (not checked)


I check to ‘Copy profile’ box and pressed enter on OK button.  It created NVDA exactly as it was on my old computer, including synthesizers, ad-ons etc.  As far as I’m aware, the only thing it did not replicate from my old computer was I had copied my NVDA profile to the Windows system and this it could not do as it is an admin function, so it just uses the default when voicing the log-in screen.




From: [] On Behalf Of Fernando Apan
Sent: 20 December 2017 15:42
Subject: Re: [nvda] Trying to install NVDA from a portable copy on new Windows 10 computer but can't focus on the NVDA menu


Hi Brian. Could you explain me what is the process to install NVDA clean and then copy your configuration from a portable copy? Thanks!

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El 19 dic 2017, a las 15:53, Kevin Cussick via Groups.Io <the.big.white.shepherd@...> escribió:

so quit nvda and bring it up again,   this some times has happened to me and this is what I do.

On 19/12/2017 11:26, Sharni-Lee Ward wrote:

Right, so my mother was able to open the portable copy of NVDA, and I was in the window where the NVDA Portable folder was. Then I pressed caps-lock+n to open the NVDA menu and it said NVDA menu, but when I scrolled with the arrow keys it was only reading the items in the NVDA Portable folder, and so I couldn't select anything from the NVDA menu. I tried alt+tab but that just landed me in the same window. I tried pressing NVDA+n again, but that didn't work. I can't install from the portable copy if I can't access the NVDA menu.

On 19/12/2017 10:20 PM, Chris wrote:




I saw your other post, but wasn’t sure what you are trying to achieve?


Are you saying you want to run a portable copy of nvda or you cant run a portable copy?


Or are you wanting to install from a portable copy?


Or cant install it to your computer?


If you can be a bit ore specific that will help, thanks


*From: *Sharni-Lee Ward <mailto:sharni-lee.ward@...>

*Sent: *19 December 2017 10:33

*To: * <>

*Subject: *[nvda] Trying to install NVDA from a portable copy on new Windows 10 computer but can't focus on the NVDA menu




I got a Windows 10 laptop as an early Christmas present and earlier, I


tried to install NVDA on it from the portable copy I have, but when I


opened the NVDA Menu, focus didn't switch to it. I tried alt+tab in case


that would help, but I always landed on the window with the folder


containing the portable copy. I really wanna start working this computer


out and setting it up to my liking, but I can't do that if I can't even


focus on the window I want to focus on. I've asked on the blind tech


list but nobody's talking yet and I'm scared my post might end up being


ignored because I sent it just as everyone was going to bed.


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