Re: How do I run a portable copy of NVDA from a USB flash drive

Gene New Zealand <hurrikennyandopo@...>


Below is the restrictions of a portable version. Most people install a
copy of nvda to the computer and just use a portable when out and about
or using some one else machine.

3.1. Portable and Temporary Copy Restrictions
Apart from the inability to automatically start during and/or after
log-on, the portable and temporary copies of NVDA also have the
following restrictions:
• The inability to interact with applications running with
administrative privileges, unless of course NVDA itself has been run
also with these privileges (not recommended).
• The inability to read User Account Control (UAC) screens when trying
to start an application with administrative privileges.
• Windows 8 and later: the inability to support input from a touchscreen.
• Windows 8 and later: the inability to provide features such as browse
mode and speaking of typed characters in Windows Store apps.
• Windows 8 and later: audio ducking is not supported.

Gene nz

On 5/25/2018 1:16 PM, Richard Wells wrote:
On the advice of list members, I have re-created my portable copy
within an NVDA folder on the USB stick. I wasn't worried about the
clutter on the root of the drive, because NVDA is the only thing I use
it for. However, Jessica indicated that I would lose functionality on
security screens, so I did the deed in hopes that things would be
better there. I wasn't aware that you could get full use of elevated
prompts without installing it. If this solves that, this will be a big
discovery. You guys are great!

On 5/24/2018 7:50 PM, Howard Traxler wrote:
Well yes, I guess when I did that was back in some earlier form of
windows; probably 98 or xp.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Gene New Zealand"
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Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:09 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] How do I run a portable copy of NVDA from a USB
flash drive


If i remember right they disabled the autoplay menu so it did not work
any more.

I know what you are talking about it was the first option in the
autoplay menu and you just pushed the enter key to start your copy
of nvda.

I am not sure if it can still be done I would have to enable the auto
play menu to see.

I think they made it so it can not be done any more but could be wrong.

can not even remember if I still have a copy of the autorun file to try
it with.

Gene nz

On 5/25/2018 9:52 AM, Howard Traxler wrote:
When I first started to use NVDA, I put it on a thumb drive in its own
folder but had an "autorun" file in the root. Plugging in the drive
made the system execute the commands in the autorun file which started
NVDA. Haven't done this lately, though. Might it still work?

----- Original Message ----- From: "Gene New Zealand"
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Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] How do I run a portable copy of NVDA from a USB
flash drive


usually when i do a portable version of nvda i usually put it into a
folder called nvda and all of its files go into that. it means i can
also have other folders and keep it better structured rather than
files all over the place. Plus it is easier to start nvda.

Gene nz

On 5/24/2018 10:52 AM, Richard Wells wrote:
Maybe I shouldn't, but I have always used NVDA Portable on the
root of
my USB media. Other than personal preference, is there any reason
me to stop this practice? Thanks and I will appreciate all
on this topic.

On 5/23/2018 4:00 AM, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io wrote:
That very much depends how you copied it. I think most people
not to have nvda in the root of the ram drive. I would also add
that in Windows 10, the usability of a portable version of nvda is
much reduced over using it in Windows 7, mainly due to many
parts of
windows only being given access to for an installed bit of
Thus you might consider with the permission of the machines owner
installing nvda on the machine but not making it auto start, so at
least the next time you need to use it it has the best access it

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard Wells"
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Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:20 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] How do I run a portable copy of NVDA from a USB
flash drive

Just insert the USB Flash Drive, determine the drive letter
gives it, press WIN-KEY+R, type DriveLetter:\NVDA and it will

On 5/22/2018 2:57 PM, Don wrote:

I have successfully created a portable copy of NVDA on my flash
How do I run it on another lap top computer?

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