Install Dragon NaturallySpeaking on Your Computer
Whether you’re installing NaturallySpeaking for the first time or installing over a previous version, the process is easy. If you have User Profiles from NaturallySpeaking version 9 or 10, the Upgrade Wizard finds those User Profiles and sets them up in version 11. Otherwise you are guided through the creation of a new User Profile.
Find the envelope that contains the installation DVD.
The DVD in the white envelope has a label with a serial number on it. The serial number will enable you to activate the program so keep it handy. You’ll see duplicates of the number in a peel-off label format for your convenience.
Paste the duplicate serial numbers in places that you can easily access.
For safekeeping, peel two of them off (leaving one on the envelope) and put them on your software receipt, in the front of this book, or in a file folder where you’ll be able to find them again.
Now is a good time to plug in the microphone. Microphones other than those with a USB (including the headset microphones that come with NaturallySpeaking editions) plug into your computer’s sound card. Look at the operating guide in the box for the headset included with the software.
Your computer likely has color-coded jacks for the microphone and the headset along with small icons showing a mic and a headset. The headset has two color-coded plugs that correspond to the ones on the headset. Insert the plugs into the jacks as shown in the photo they supply.
Put the installation DVD into your DVD drive.
The Windows AutoRun feature starts running the installation program automatically.
If you wait 30 seconds and nothing happens, don’t worry. Do this instead: Double-click the Computer icon on the Windows desktop. When the Computer window opens, find the icon corresponding to your DVD-ROM drive and double-click it. Find the setup.exe file in the DVD-ROM window and double-click it.
The InstallShield Wizard starts. The End User License Agreement appears.
Click the radio button that says I accept the terms in the license agreement if you agree, and then click Next in the License Agreement window.
You are presented with the customer information window.
Type in your username and serial number where prompted and click Next.
The serial number will never have any letter Os in it. If you see something that looks like an O, it’s always a zero.
Choose which components of Dragon NaturallySpeaking to install.
The screen displays two radio button choices, Typical/Complete or Custom.
Unless you are an advanced user, select Typical/Complete.
Choose the Destination Directory.
The wizard suggests C:/ProgramFiles/Nuance/NaturallySpeaking11, which is the logical choice. If you’d like to choose a different folder, click the Browse button. A Choose Directory window appears. Select the folder you want. After you select the folder you want, click the OK button in the Choose Directory window.
A Ready to Install the Program window appears; its purpose is to make sure you didn’t make a mistake on the choices you made. You can click Back to return to the preceding screen and change the choices you made there.
The files are copied to your hard drive. This may take several minutes. When all the files are copied, a screen appears and you are asked to choose a way to register the software.
Click one of the three radio buttons to register.
You can choose Register Online, Print Registration Form, or Remind Me in 7 days. Make your choice based on your needs.
A screen informs you that the wizard has completed installing your files. A check box that is automatically selected will look for program updates when the setup is complete.
Uncheck the check box in Step 12 if you don’t want to look for updates.
It's best to leave it checked so that you start your training with the most up-to-date files.
After a pause, a screen pops up prompting you to activate the software. You can either activate it now or within five more uses. Activation is required to use the program after the fifth use.
Click the Activate Now button.
You are presented with two options. If you click activate automatically you must be connected to the web. This is done to verify that you are using a valid serial number. No personal information is sent. If you don’t choose to activate now, you will be prompted the next five times you use the software.
If you checked your system requirements before you installed the program it is unlikely that you will get an alert screen like the one shown. But if you do, you don’t have enough computer resources (probably RAM) to run some of the external programs listed with Natural Language commands and that performance will be slower.
If you see this screen, go to the Dragon Help menu in the upper-right corner of the interface menu bar and choose Performance Assistant to help you increase your speed and change options.