Re: strange stuff happening with the latest version of NVDA and Windows 1803

Jason White

I'm running Windows 10 1803 on a laptop, which is not exhibiting any of these issues. However, it's a fresh install of Windows.

At this point I would suggest running sfc /scannow to detect and attempt to correct any corrupted operating system files. It may be worth reinstalling NVDA just to be sure, although I have no evidence that this is likely to help. If you can't correct the issue, then back up all important data, use the Media Creation tool to create a Windows installation image on a USB flash drive, then run setup.exe on that drive and choose to keep applications and personal settings when prompted. It should reinstall Windows over the top of your existing installation. The backup is essential in case anything goes wrong.

I expect the pain will come my way too at some point. By way of comparison, I've never had to reinstall the operating system on my Mac, and rarely had to do it on Linux in the two decades or so over which I've used it.

´╗┐On 8/22/18, 23:08, "Tony Ballou" < on behalf of> wrote:

Hi Annette,

Thanks, I know I'm not alone now. I've done all of the tricks in the
arsenal that you mentioned and I still find myself playing the game, of
where's the file,and why can't ya read it sighs. This is totally weird.
Hope we can find some solution for this madness. If even does it with
the Microsoft Narrator also. And when it works properly, it only does it
for about 5 minutes.


On 8/22/2018 8:39 PM, Annette Moore wrote:
> Hi, Tony. It's a pain in the rear, but try restarting NVDA when you
> encounter treeview lists that won't read. it happens with me in
> Explorer. when I restart NVDA, it usually corrects the issue--at least
> for a while anyway. Maximizing the window will also tell you on what
> item your cursor is placed, but again, it's a pain to arrow through
> and keep hitting alt+space, then x and reading the current line.
> Alternatively, close all of your Explorer windows and reopen them. Or
> go do something else for about five minutes and then return to your
> PC. If you get too frustrated, try another screen reader. These are
> the things I've done to deal with this problem. I keep hoping with
> each Windows update or NVDA update that the issue will be corrected,
> but so far it hasn't been. It isn't a deal breaker. there's something
> in another screen reader that drives me even more bonkers, and that's
> how the insert key randomly stops working. At least it doesn't do that
> in NVDA. I can live with the treeview lists not reading because I can
> always restart NVDA, but when the insert key quits working, I can't
> restart the other screen reader because that's one of the keys used to
> restart it. Anyway, I hope this is somewhat helpful for you. Take care.
> Annette
> On 8/22/2018 6:55 PM, Tony Ballou wrote:
>> Howdy Folks,
>> Not sure where to pinpoint this issue, but here's the deal.
>> When I try to read the list of files in my folders, NVDA simply will say
>> tree view and not tell me any of the folder contents. It also doesn't
>> speak when I arrow through the list.
>> Another thing that also happens is that windows will say task switching
>> when I try to press alt-tab to move around the screen. To get things to
>> properly function, I have to press the space bar to get it to tell me
>> what window I'm on. Another thing that happens is that I have to use the
>> f10 function key to navigate to the menus, because the alt key doesn't
>> work. Does anyone have any ideas about this strange behavior. I've
>> got the latest version of NVDA and windows 1803. Thanks in advance.
>> Tony

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