Nuance has officially announced that they will now support Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 on on a 64-bit operating system, but I have successfully installed Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 on Windows this to 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit.
Installation process for this versus Windows 7 for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 is virtually identical.
There’s nothing dangerous about this process.
The installation files from Dragon NaturallySpeaking are copied to the local hard drive, the installation MSI file is modified to root remove the launch conditions that prohibit installation onto a 64-bit operating system.
The rest of the installation is pretty much stock from Nuance.
Nuance is currently working on a release of Dragon NaturallySpeaking can that will be 64-bit compatible with Windows Vista. The update only applies to version 10 of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Version 9 of Dragon NaturallySpeaking will not be supported by a 64-bit operating system; which makes these instructions helpful and valuable.
I’ve to admit the Dragon NaturallySpeaking very well on Windows 7; much better than it does in Microsoft Vista. The ease of use still beats that of Microsoft Vista or Windows 7 natively.
These instructions to note how to install Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 on Windows 7, 64 bit version. These instructions are provided as is. That means swim at your own risk. Nuance does not support this process and no tech support of any kind is extended by LEHSYS or its personnel.
Copy the files from the Dragon NaturallySpeaking installation disc version 9.
Copy the files from the discs to a ‘temporary directory’.
After the files are copied from the installation disks to the temporary directory, make sure the MSI file has the ‘read-only’ attribute removed from the files, so the MSI can be edited.
Using the orca application, open the installation MSI file [Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.msi].
Locate the ‘launch condition’ table and choose the option to drop table.
After dropping the launch condition table completely, Save the new MSI file.
During the process of trying to install Dragon NaturallySpeaking on Windows 7, I had to install Microsoft InstallShield scripting.
Run ‘Setup.exe’ From the temporary location ‘c:\DNSTEMP’.
Enter the standard information and follow through with the installation as normal.
Continue with the installation…
Complete the installation.
Note: D O N O T try to use the application yet. Changes to ‘audio.exe’ need to be made first.
Go to the program folder ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Nuance\NaturallySpeaking9\Program’ and find the Audio.exe file.
Right-click and choose properties» compatibility» Run as ‘win XP sp2′.
OK» Exit properties.
From the file listing, Right-click on file and ‘run as administrator‘.
Complete the audio setup Wizard.
Upon startup of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, you’ll be presented with a program compatibility assistant, ignore this window and choose the option to ‘don’t show this message again’ And then choose the option to ‘run program’.
You’ll be prompted as normal to create a user profile.
During my installation of Dragon NaturallySpeaking on Windows 7, I was placed back into the audio setup Wizard, where I completed the testing again.
After the audio setup wizard, I was prompted to visit the website for system updates; not looking a gift horse in the mouth I chose the option to CANCEL.
I wasn’t able to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking immediately. When I spoke the words appeared, but the words were not injected into the application. I also did not incur any error messages or problems during this process.
After the software is installed, R E B O O T your system.
After your system reboots you should be able to store Dragon NaturallySpeaking and start using application as you normally would.
All done. Hope this helps!
I’ve a reader who has reported that his firewall Comodo prevented him from completing the installation of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. His solution was to uninstall Comodo and run the installation process again- he reports success. This is confirmed in the forum post on Comodo.
L. Henry Jr.