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Yes, and if you edit a certain file according to on-screen
instructions when the recovery disk is created, you can set it to
start Narrator for you when it boots. Great stuff!
On 5/8/2020 1:55 PM, James Bentley
There is an option in the Image for Windows
menus to create an IFW recovery boot disk.
Yes, this recovery disk includes Narrator
which can be activated by typing Control+Windows+enter. And,
this allows a blind person to do the restore of a previously
created backup image.
I made this disk on a thumb drive a long
time ago. I do not remember the steps and I remember it gave
me a lot of trouble before I kind of accidently got it done.
If the directions are not clear to you, maybe someone can
offer assistance. But, if you buy IFW, you will have Narrator
available on the recovery disk.
I, for one, would appreciate a bsic
tutorial from installing the software to doing a system
backup, which I gather automatically includes Narrator for
restoring, is that correct?
"There's a nap for that." - an anonymous
cat in a window in Portland, Oregon.
No, it was quick and painless. I have
unchecked the components I know I wont need. If there’s a need
for such a tutorial,. I am more than happy to help
That was quick. It took me forever to
learn just enough to backup and recover my laptops.
As you become more acquainted with the
complexities of IFW, maybe you will share what you have
Did you have any problems with the
multitude of questions ask during installation?
I actually like IFW and I gained
understanding of the software just some minutes after starting
to use it, so I can try and record a solution.
Greetings to Cihan Yazici and list,
I sure wish that I had the skill and
ability to create a tutorial or pod cast to assist others with
using Image for Windows. However, I do not.
IFW is extremely complicated for me.
Everything from installation of the software to its use under
many varying circumstances make creating a useful tutorial or
podcast beyond my communication and current PC skills. I have
tried to share as many tips as possible and Hopefully, there
are others who can share additional information so that new
users of IFW or other backup options can learn how to do image
backups of their computers.
I have reviewed the program
I had difficulty using it
because its interface and settings are so many.
I wonder if our friends
using this program can prepare a narration for us?
I think it would be nice if
they told us the important settings for us at least.
love to all of you.
With Image for Windows Version 3…
some of the check boxes in settings are checked by
default and some are not. Routing the Jaws cursor to
the PC will cause Jaws to anounce the status of check
boxes. Note, in some places in the menus, you get a
plus sign to let you know that something got added
instead of a check box.
With the exceptions below, I
recommend that you use the default settings if you are
just trying to back up your Primary/C drive.
I always check the accessible check
box. I also check the completion alarm so I know when
the job is finished. There will be a few other check
boxes and settings that are easy to understand and
checking them is optional. But, I wouldn’t change any
setting unless I was certain that I know exactly what I
I also check both the verification
and the byte per byte verification. IFW will remember
these settings if you answer yes to the prompt that ask
if you want to save the settings.
IFW is an extremely complicated and
powerful software suite and I never make additional
changes and it has always worked for me. My backups are
verified. And, around 6 times now, I have restored
Once, I restored a backup that was
created back when I was using Jaws Version 12 just to
see if it would work. It did. It was strange to look
at files and emails and an OS. that were over 5 years
Behalf Of Dave Durber
Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2020 5:02 AM
Subject: Re: Accessible System Backup Image
software, (WAS) the latest update to jaws 2020 giving me a
As you know, the check
boxes on the items to which you are referring, , are not
spoken by Jaws when you use the SPACE BAR, to either check
or uncheck the items. By default, all the check boxes are
unchecked. Once you have highlighted an item and tapped
the SPACE BAR, to check it, route the JAWS cursor to the
PC cursor, then, use the Read Current Line command and
JAWS will announce whether the item is checked or not.
----- Original Message
Sent: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 6:28 PM
Subject: Re: Accessible System Backup Image software,
(WAS) the latest update to jaws 2020 giving me a fit
I use Image for Windows, but do you know
how to make the checkboxes accessible? It is something in an
Best regards René H. Nielsen
Terabyte Drive Image Backup and Restore
Suite is 100% accessible beginning to end, including the
recovery disk. There's an option to set in an INI file
when building the recovery disk that will automatically
start Narrator when said disk is booted. Works a treat, as
they say. Best fifty bucks you'll ever spend on your
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.
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.
Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2020 11:31 AM
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?
back up all my files, but would like to be
able to back up my complete hard drive if
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:
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
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.