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Installation & Configuration

Installation Notes

The following information describes the installation and configuration for assistive computer technology software, basic computer applications, web-based applications, and alternate media applications on a Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system. If you have questions about the installation order or configuration of any of the software applications, please contact the High Tech Center Training Unit. Under each heading, the software titles are presented in the order of installation. Special notes are presented following the software application that describe what modifications were necessary in order to run the software applications under Restricted User privileges.

This document covers the installation/configuration of:

During installation:

  • Installation of each application was under the Administrative profile.
  • Following the installation of each application, the program was initially run under the Administrative profile.
  • All computer virus checkers were disabled for the installation.
  • Computer was restarted when prompted by Windows XP.


  • Dell Optiplex GX 240
  • 2.2 GHz Pentium 4 Processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB Hard Disk Drive
  • ATI Ultra 128 or ATI Radeon 7500 Video Card
  • SoundBlaster Live Sound Card
  • Flat-Panel display

Operating System:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 (with all Critical Updates from Microsoft)

Basic Computer Applications:

  1. WinZip 9.0
  2. Internet Explorer 6.0 & Windows Media Player 10.0
  3. RealPlayer RealOne
  4. QuickTime 6
  5. Microsoft Office 2003

(restart computer)


Web-Based Applications:

  1. MAGpie (version 2.01)
  2. Mozilla Web Browser (version 1.7)
  3. Mozilla Firefox (version 1.0)
  4. Microsoft FrontPage 2003
  5. Web Developer Toolbar
  6. Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
  7. Macromedia Flash MX 2004
  8. LIFT for Dreamweaver
  9. HiSoftware AccVerify / AccRepair

(restart computer)


Alternate Media Applications:

  1. Scientific Notebook (version 5)
    • Requires restart of software application to complete registration of software program. Follow directions in manual to complete registration.
  1. OmniPage Pro (version 14)
  2. Duxbury (version 10;5)
  3. Adobe Photoshop
  4. Adobe Illustrator
  5. Adobe Acrobat (version 7.0)


Assistive Computer Technology:

Note: Computers that have both ZoomText 8.1x and Dragon Naturally Speaking 8 might not work correctly under Power User settings. See workaround.

Note:  It is highly recommended to install only the latest versions of JAWS for Windows, ZoomText, and Window-Eyes due to the use of DCM (Display Chain Management) technology.

  1. ZoomText Xtra, Level 2 (version 8.12)
    • Selected Windows Soundcard
    • Selected Microsoft English
    • Selected TruVoice English (set as default)
    • Disable update checking if running Dragon Natural Speaking 8

  2. JAWS (version 5)
    • Local Installation
    • Support for all Braille displays
    • Eloquence speech engine
    • Install all languages
    • Install Authorization Key

  3. Window-Eyes Professional (version 5)
    • Eloquence speech engine

  4. Kurzweil 3000 (version 8.3)
    • Followed directions listed in Kurzweil 3000 manual for general Windows 2000 installation
    • Installed complete version
    • (restarted computer)
    • Installed Authorization Key

  5. Kurzweil 1000 (version 9.02)
    • Yes to built in Speech
    • No to SSIL
    • Installed FineEngine/RTK
    • Installed Western European/Eastern European support
    • Installed Big Dictionary

  6. Dragon Naturally Speaking 8.0

  7. TextAloud MP3 2.011

  8. Inspiration (version 7.6)

  9. EaseReader
    • If purchased from RFB&D, authorize the software