I think it is what ever you get accustomed to using. Image for Windows did cost me around $40, but it has always worked to restore my hard drives.
You can use IFW to create a recovery disk that includes Narrator so you have a screen reader to use to restore your PC. That is an absolute necessity if Windows is so messed up that your PC won’t boot up in to Windows.
Since this recovery disk has to be bootable for disaster recovery, you would need to change your PC’s boot sequence in the BIOS. That requires eye sight but it is a one time change.
In my case, instead of getting someone to change my boot sequence in the BIOS, I use F11 and some additional key strokes to force Windows to boot up from the boot media which can be either a DVD or a thumb drive again, created with the IFW software.
Its been so long since I created the boot media that I do not have clear recollection as to how it was accomplished. The directions are in the IFW manual. I suspect that there are several members on these list who can provide you with the directions to create the boot media and provide directions on how to get a crippled PC to boot from the media if you do not want to get someone to change your boot sequence in your PC’s BIOS.
The best of luck,
Is that image for Windows a good solution? I am also searching for a good backup software.
I’m guessing that there is a typo in your response.
What do I need to run to tell when check boxes are checked?
And, in my Version of Image for Windows, something like V3... there is a check box in settings that is called accessible check boxes. You can check this to cause Jaws to see the state of the check boxes.
But, You will still have to use the Jaws/or equivalent cursor to tell that they are checked in some places in the menus. Also, in some places in the menus, you will see a PLUS SIGN instead of a checkbox for example, to indicate that a drive has been selected to be added to the back up process.
In my particular case, on all 3 of my laptops, I just hit the space bar to put a PLUS SIGN in front of my primary drive/C drive to do a full back up. IFW has never let me down with Windows 7 or Windows 10 and I have done recoveries on all 3.
Runjcortona Microsoft speech and they will read
I use Image for Windows, but do you know how to make the checkboxes accessible? It is something in an ini-file.
Best regards René H. Nielsen
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On 5/3/2020 12:57 PM, David Griffith wrote:
I use a solution which is I suppose is 3/4 accessible. Snapshot will allow a fully accessible disc image backup. Provided you can get into Windows at all the restore of the image is also a fully accessible. You simply select the image you want to restore to and Snapshot will simply restart your computer and about 20 minutes later you will hear your screen reader announce your Windows login for the restored image. I have done this several times with success without sighted help. Where it falls down is if your system is in such a state it cannot boot into Windows. The developers provide an ISO file to create a bootable CD drive but of course there is no speech here on that disc. They did tell me what I needed to type once the CD loaded to restore windows but in practice in these situations I have always resorted to sighted help and a fresh windows install.
If you boot to Win PE, you can use 7Zip to zip up your HD and unzip it if you need to at a later time.
Also, when you do this, you can delete two system files that are temp files, and will save you the amount of twice your RAM.
So if you have 4GB of RAM, you can save 8GB by deleting pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys before zipping up your HD, and windows will recreate those two files on boot-up.
They are just temp files Windows uses as virtual memory.
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Subject: Accessible System Backup Image software, (WAS) the latest update to jaws 2020 giving me a fit
I know this has been addressed before, but could someone suggest an accessible system backup image program that is easy to use independently, and that works well with Jaws?
I routinely back up all my files, but would like to be able to back up my complete hard drive if possible.
Until now, I’ve always understood that these backup image programs have accessibility issues at certain points, but perhaps I’m wrong.
On Sun, May 3, 2020 at 08:26 AM, Rick Mladek wrote:
Too obvious to be a mere coincidence...
If you have had this occur, twice, you should be looking at something being wrong with your hardware.
Application software has never, in my decades of experience, corrupted any OS (and I don't count viruses or malware as "application software.")
You are, however, giving people very good advice with regard to having a backup protocol and taking full system image backups on a routine cycle. The number of things that have the potential to cause a system to crash are numerous, and generally related to people screwing around with the OS itself in ways they shouldn't or drive failure. Having a backup saves you untold time and grief.
Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363
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