Re: Stay away from JAWS 5.0 and 5.1.

  • From: "Rob Hill" <rhill35@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 17:33:44 -0600


Maybe I'm missing something, but I have used JAWS 5.1 with xp sp 2 with no prob.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: James Dean 
  To: blindtech@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Cc: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, December 09, 2005 5:46 PM
  Subject: Stay away from JAWS 5.0 and 5.1.

  Note: The below message is also being CC'd to the jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx list.

  Hi all. I found out something yesterday that I think all JAWS users should be 
aware of. If you are thinking of installing JAWS 5.0 or 5.1 on a Windows XP 
machine, don't do it! You'll need sighted assistance to fix it like I did. What 
happened is that Freedom scientific changed the way JAWS hooks to the screen. 
The only way you should try to install JAWS 5.0/5.1 is if you have at least 
version 6 of JAWS on your system, and do not remove the shared components. Even 
then, I wouldn't recommend it. In order to fix it, buy the way, you have to 
either do a system restore or boot the computer in to safe mode and remove the 
jhook file. Either way, you have to boot the PC up in to Safe mode because the 
computer can't display in normal mode. I don't know if this is true on all 
windows systems, but on my Windows XP Service Pack 2 machine it most certainly 


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