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System requirements, download and installation

SpeakOn CalcPad version 1.0.1, 20 March 2015

This page contains information on system requirements, download and installation. Make sure that you read the notes especially about Windows 8 / 8.1, 7 and Vista if relevant to you.

If you have been referred to this page directly, note that the SpeakOn CalcPad Home page where you can find general information and all important links is:

This page is part of the
SpeakOn manual which contains a comprehensive tutorial about using SpeakOn.

The instructions below relate to SpeakOn CalcPad which is referred to simply as SpeakOn.

Operating Systems  

SpeakOn can be used with Microsoft Windows Vista, 7 and 8 / 8.1.


SpeakOn is written in Java and is compatible with both Java 6 and 7. It is self-voicing so the Java Access Bridge is not required.


SpeakOn is small and efficient and will run at the recommended processor speed and memory specified for your operating system.

Internet Connection 

SpeakOn uses the internet extensively and a broadband connection is required. Depending on the type of operation SpeakOn is performing, internet connection is not required all the time.


The SpeakOn installer is

You can either run the installation file from the internet or save it on your hard disc and run it from there.

When the installer starts it will check your computer for the Java Runtime Environment. If it was not found on your computer, it will offer to download the Java installer for you. In this case, when running the Java installer, it is recommended that you choose the default values.

After the installation of the Java runtime (if required), the installation of SpeakOn itself will start. After confirming that you accept the licence agreement, SpeakOn is installed in the folders specified further down this page.


SpeakOn checks automatically for updates and needs to run its installer from time to time. In addition you might want SpeakOn to assign file associations to be able to run media files. Both operations require admin permission. In theory the UAC (User Account Control) should pop up asking for permission to elevate to admin level; in practice it might not and SpeakOn just stops working.

You have two options, either:

To access the property dialog of the SpeakOn icon on the desktop and enable SpeakOn to be run as administrator, do the following:

To start SpeakOn, use the icon on the desktop. When you start SpeakOn for the first time it may take slightly longer than usual to start. When SpeakOn starts, as it is self-voicing, speech will start automatically. If it does not, see the end of this page for trouble-shooting.

You can read the rest of the user manual including the 'Getting started with SpeakOn' page and a step-by-step tutorial here

SpeakOn Folders 

SpeakOn installs itself in:
32-bit computers:
C:\Program Files\SpeakOn-CalcPad
64-bit computers:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SpeakOn-CalcPad

After you run SpeakOn for the first time, two folders are created:

User and application data:
Windows Vista 7 and 8 / 8.1
Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Application Data\SpeakOn\CalcPad

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