Re: Running NVDA on a MacBook with BootCamp or similar?
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I don’t run Windows on a Mac nowadays leaving NVDA for my Windows machines but when I did a couple of years ago I was able to do this without sighted help. I hope that this is still the current situation.
The key step then was to use VMWare Fusion rather than Parallels as your virtual machine client which allowed a Voiceover accessible installation of Windows as your Virtual Machine.
Then, as you say, you can use Narrator to download NVDA or, in my case I simply used a portable version of NVDA to get me going.
In terms of remapping keys I personally found this very easy using the free Sharp Keys utility under Windows and did not use any Mac utility, leaving keys under the Mac side untouched.
For myself I also used this Sharp keys utility to remap the alt gr key to a right windows keys so I had left and right windows keys.
I hope this accessible path to windows install on the Mac situation is still current but cannot check it or provide current step by step as I have abandoned using Windows under a Mac preferring to keep 2 machines. I found too many problems using virtual windows on the Mac side, particularly with hardware support for specialist devices. For example my EyePal Scanner would never work under Mac Virtual Windows and needed a real Windows machine to hook into.
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From: simon wheatcroft
Sent: 11 July 2021 08:08
Subject: Re: [nvda] Running NVDA on a MacBook with BootCamp or similar?
As we appear to have the green light of this not being off topic. Here is a rough outline of how you can get windows 10 insiders build working on an M1 under parallels.
You will need sighted assistance for this bit as parallels does not work with VO, but follow this guide to get up and running:
Once running use narrator to download the latest version of NVDA.
This will give you a basic working install.
THings that will be missing:
1. The NVDA key as VO will grab it - i personally re-map the key above tab to insert. I do this under MacOS using:
2. The other issue you may have is control+alt keyboard shortcuts not working. These will work under some apps for example, Microsoft Word and some Windows keyboard shortcuts. If this is enough for you then ignore this bit. If its not…
Download - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/906c31e4-d5ea-7988-cb39-7b688880d7cb
You will now need to create your own custom keyboard layout. You will need to remove all the alt-gr and control-alt mappings to get all your control-alt shortcuts working.
Then once you have done this you build that version of the keyboard and select it. It builds it as an .exe and should then show up as a keyboard option once installed. Note you may need to remove the other keyboards at this point to get all shortcuts working.
You can follow this guide:
Ignore all the stuff about auto hotkey you are after the remapping with the keyboard layout creator.
I do have the keyboard layout as the .exe for a MBA with a US layout. If you require that instead of making it yourself let me know and i can send it through.
As a prior comment said it is these keymappings that take the real effort. But once that is done you have the keyboard layout forever. With Windows 11 just around the corner and it having ARM support this guide to get it working should hopefully, work on that too and be super useful for MacOS users.