locked Re: Making Portable NVDA

Chris Mullins



If you haven’t used the computer in 6 years, Windows 10 will be totally out of date.  You can start Narrator with a shortcut key combination as soon as Windows is active.  The key combination is Control+Windows+Enter as of now but it may have been just Windows+Enter on the version you have.




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From: Howard Traxler
Sent: 29 October 2021 19:42
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Making Portable NVDA


Thanks John.  That sure did work.  Tried it on my main machine and it

works fine.


Now the big problem is:


I have another machine, a windows 10 computer that I bought about six

years ago but never got it running; because I forgot the logon

password.  I'm hoping that I can get it as far as asking for the

password, then make it talk.  Gonna try this thumb drive or/and try



If you have other ideas, please suggest.  I have found, downloaded, and

set up a boot CD with a program that is supposed to let me take away the

password.  But I need to make the machine talk or get a sighty to read

the screen.  Well, maybe soon.


Thanks again.




On 10/29/2021 12:57 PM, John Isige wrote:

> You can't. Well, you can if you already have access to the machine and

> install some third party software on it and make a script on your USB

> drive, but that doesn't solve your problem. The easiest thing, I think,

> would be to name your drive with a number, so in the volume label you'd

> type something like 1nvda or whatever. Then to run it, you'd do the

> following.

> 1. insert drive into computer, wait for the noise that tells you it was

> recognized.

> 2. Hit windows-e to get into file explorer.

> 3. Hit 1 to get to your drive.

> 4. Hit enter to get into your drive.

> At this point, you want to set up the contents of the drive so you have

> a numbered file, like 1.bat. Have that file run NVDA. So when you're in

> that drive, hit 1 and hit enter again, and you should have NVDA running.

> So for example, suppose on your machine, the drive is e:. You make a

> portable copy of NVDA at e:\nvda. Label e: as 1nvda or whatever, then go

> into the drive. Make a file called 1.bat with text like so.

> #echo off

> cd \nvda

> nvda

> Then, slap the drive into a new machine, hit win-e, 1, enter, 1, enter.

> NVDA should run.

> On 10/29/2021 12:40 PM, Howard Traxler wrote:

>> I have been successful at making a portable copy of NVDA on a USB

>> thumb drive.  I can navigatte to it on my main computer, then shut

>> down the running NVDA, just hit the enter key and the portable copy

>> starts.  I'd like to plug this thumb drive into a machine that has no

>> screen reader and have it start automatically.  Can someone tell me

>> how to make this happen?


>> Thank you.


>> Howard













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