Re: Windows logon screen: was Problem with Secure Desktop

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Well that configuring windows normally comes up after an update has been installed, and if yu wait it goes back to the correct log in again.
One thing you can do is to download a copy of the nvda software manually, and run it. It will hopefully spot what is going on but allow you to configure everything and then offer to update the current copy. Tis however will only work if you are fully into the windows desktop or you cannot run the installer.

As I say it sounds very odd that its configuring windows. Might be worth enabling narrator?
You did not say what version of windows this is, but the text you quote makes it 7 or higher.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "John J. Boyer" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, July 01, 2016 1:22 PM
Subject: Re: Windows logon screen: was [nvda] Problem with Secure Desktop

I followed the instructions in the mesage below to copy the current
configuration to the Windows logon screen. However, i missed the
checkbox to have NVDA work at that screen. Now after making some
changes, including setting Windows to never slep, it boots directly into
the logon dialogue and says Configuring Windows. That is the NVDA
mesage, but it won't do anything more. Is there a way to get past this
dialogue and proceed to a normal boot?


On Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 10:36:32PM -0700, Tyler Spivey wrote:
Secure desktop is the desktop for things like UAC screens, and the Windows logon screen.

This uses a completely different NVDA profile, with a separate speech/braille config. By default it's set to espeak.

My first guess is your machine is going to sleep, and it's asking for your password when it wakes up. You can turn off sleep in the power options.

If you want to copy the current configuration to the secure desktop, so it uses the same speech/braille settings as the logged in NVDA, you can do that.
* Press ctrl+NVDA+G, to open the NVDA General settings.
* Press the button that says Use currently saved settings on the logon and other secure screens (requires administrator privileges).
* If the secure desktop appears during this process, it's probably an UAC prompt. Press alt y.
If you want NVDA to work at the logon screen, the General settings dialog has a checkbox for that as well.

On 6/27/2016 9:54 PM, John J. Boyer wrote:
If I don't do anything on my machine for a while it goes to Secure
Desktop, whatever that is, and NVDA is not working. The only way I can
get out of it is to shut down the machine and turn it back on. Does
anyone know what Secure Desktop is and how to get rid of it?


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