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    Turning Off Narrator (Vista Home Premium)

    I'm trying to help a 96 year old lady with her Vista computer. On startup it immediately runs the Windows Narrator program, and she doesn't want it. (I have no idea how it got turned on). I've looked in Start/All Programs/Startup and it isn't there. I tried running the tool in Windows Defender and it isn't there. I tried msconfig's startup and it isn't there. The help file is no help. Any suggestions?

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    Re: Turning Off Narrator (Vista Home Premium)

    Try Start | Control Panel | Ease of Access | Ease of Access Center.
    Under Explore all Settings, click Use the Computer without a Display.
    Clear the check box "Turn on Narrator".

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    Re: Turning Off Narrator (Vista Home Premium)

    Thanks Hans,
    Maybe I missed it, but it would be nice if the Help file on narrator said anything about Ease of Access.

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    Re: Turning Off Narrator (Vista Home Premium)

    Yeah, lots of people have problems turning off Narrator because it isn't obvious that you have to do it in the Ease of Use conrol panel.

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    Re: Turning Off Narrator (Vista Home Premium)

    You have no idea how happy I am to see this thread. I purchased WINDOWS FOR DUMMIES in hopes there was a solution in the book. Narrator has been driving me crazy for weeks. It's like Microsoft doesn't want you to find or didn't put any help files out there on this little assistant. They made it so easy to turn it on yet there was no Ease of Access in turning it off. Thanks, guys. It will be nice to have a quiet pc for a change.
    Regards,
    Nick

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    Re: Turning Off Narrator (Vista Home Premium)

    I'm glad it helped. Welcome to Woody's Lounge!

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    Re: Turning Off Narrator (Vista Home Premium)

    That is not the only narrator, incidentally. If you download and install the free Microsoft Reader, you can optionally have a narrator with a voice that is positively robotic. On the other hand, you also get a couple of fonts you wouldn't otherwise have, and which you get to keep even if you uninstall the program. (Four each of Berling Antiqua and I think Frutiger.)

    A number of hypertext sources offer free standard works in MS Reader format, more up-to-date works can be purchased, and owners of tablet computers who like to read might find Microsoft Reader a valuable addition to their installed programs. It's pretty far off the radar these days, and I never see it mentioned in these forums.

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