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System requirements, download and installation

Features release 4.5, latest version 4.5.0, 1 September 2016

This page contains important information on system requirements, download and installation.

If you have been referred to this page directly, note that the SpeakOn 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 MediaSuite which is referred to simply as SpeakOn.

Operating Systems  

SpeakOn can be used with Microsoft Windows 10, 8 / 8.1, 7 and Vista. .


SpeakOn is written in Java and is compatible with Java 8. 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-MediaSuite
64-bit computers:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SpeakOn-MediaSuite

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

User and application data:
Windows 10, 8 / 8.1, 7 and Vista
Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Application Data\SpeakOn\MediaSuite

User media:
Windows 10, 8 / 8.1, 7 and Vista
Windows XP

This probably is the only folder you will want to look at and work with from time to time. You can change the location of this folder later.

Updating SpeakOn from a previous version

The easiest way to update SpeakOn is within SpeakOn itself as explained here

Alternatively you can download and install a new version of SpeakOn on top of your current installation; the installer will invite you to remove your old SpeakOn installation version first.


  1. Remove SpeakOn using 'Add and remove programs' in the Control Panel.

  2. If you don't intend to use SpeakOn again, delete the folders above; this will remove all settings associated with SpeakOn.

Trouble-shooting if speech does not start 

SpeakOn uses Java which is installed on most computers. If Java is not installed, this should have been detected during SpeakOn's installation and, in this case, the user would have been guided to install Java first. If you suspect that Java may not be installed on your computer, check for the presence of a Java folder under: C:\Program Files\Java

If Java is not present on your computer, check that it is installed with the 'Add/Remove Programs' in the Control Panel in Windows XP or its equivalent in Windows Vista, 7 and 8 / 8.1 and 10.

Assuming that Java is installed, SpeakOn should start to speak using the eSpeak voice synthesizer. You can change to other synthesizers and voices later as explained in the manual.

There is a self-help SpeakOn low traffic
mailing list
for announcements and discussions on all matters relating to SpeakOn use.

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