[BCAB] NVDA saying unknown everywhere in Windows8

Barry Toner barry.toner at bcab.org.uk
Tue Feb 11 20:19:45 GMT 2014

Hi Chris,

As I said in my previous email I've ran it locally.  I'm aware of secure areas of the screen not being read as a non-administrator, eg device manager.  Even off a pen drive it should still read non-secure screens like the taskbar, start menu, folder trees, context menu.  Oddly the system tray reads but I can't read the right click menus.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Chris H
Sent: 11 February 2014 20:10
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] NVDA saying unknown everywhere in Windows8

Barry please install it onto the computer rather than running it off a 
pen drive. There are limitations with the portable copy which are 
removed in the installed copy. I believe one of them is Windows 8 apps 
will not speak in the portable copy but will in the installed copy.

Regards Chris

On 11/02/2014 19:32, Barry Toner wrote:
> Hi folks,
> Has anyone else seen this and solved it?  I've a new Asus PC I grabbed at PC world on Sunday because my faithful box died.  This is rather worrying as it's saying unknown with alt tabs, browser windows don't' speak this is running off a pen drive and locally.  Multiple re-installs running latest version all Window sUpdates and display adaptor updates.  I can't even get the tree to read in Windows Explorer, just the file list.  Closest thing I can find on the NVDA forum is this,
> http://lists.nvaccess.org/pipermail/nvda-support/2012-July/008608.html
> But the person just says they fixed but they don't' know how.
> Anyone able to help?  I've no other screen reader for this machine.  I could install Window Eyes but I'd rather not.
> I'm grabbing Windows 8.1 but I suspect this might be a graphics card issue.  I can't read Device Manager but suspect it's a NVIDA card.
> Cheers,
> Barry.

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