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NUANCE Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 13 - OEM
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Breathes a lot of fire but all you get are cold coals in the end 01/07/2017

This review is from: NUANCE Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 13 - OEM

Pros: Not really a pro but was a lump of coal from Santa with a free headset.
YOU CAN avoid the aggravation I endured but if you enjoy reading about pain then move on to the cons section!

Cons: This software is an absolute nightmare to "install" and causes problems with your windows updates.
Read on if you aren't already removing this from your cart.....

The story goes

"We flash back to last weekend...."
I started out on my sons computer ( Windows 7 home 64-bit). (pay attention pivotal story point)

Install walks you through the usual then appears to begin the "install".
It halts after 10 minutes and states it needs some M$ updates installed (.net framework 4.5).
I discover his laptop needs over a hundred updates... hmmm it figures and it's my fault for not keeping his laptop updated so I pay the price of time with M$ updates. Oh the agony.
I run some virus scans, do some housekeeping and move on to updates.
NOW windows updates hangs on me. Grrrrrrreat another problem. I blame myself. Lots of searching and no joy on a fix so I move on to manually updating. I managed to find some posts about which updates this program needs other than the one stated before (.net).
Updates installed, computer restarted, restart the "install" and away we go OR so I thought.
It appears to hang when "copying files" and sits there for over an hour. Hmm no I don't have a previous versions installed, updates installed, what the 'beeeeep'. Okay I figure I am paying the price for not keeping his laptop up to date because its always sitting in his room and I am too frightened to enter. (yes its a joke)


I move on to my laptop that is kept up to date, scanned for viruses, etc. (windows 7 home 64-bit)
I figure no problems here with the "install" and my son can get to using the program.

I check my updates install the important ones and of course I forget about the optional .net framework!
Once again the "install" grinds to halt. Hmmm....

I go back to install the update for .net framework and...... 'que the dramatic music'

Windows Updates is now non-functional and hangs just like the "install".
GRRRRRRR for the love of.... what did i do to deserve this?

That's it I've had enough if I could return this garbage software I would but it's non-refundable and non-returnable.

Other Thoughts: Thanks Nonsense er umm Nuance for taking my hard earned money and delivering what amounts to a coaster for my drinks.

SO the tale to this little present has been told. Heed the warning, run, don't walk away, from this "product". You have a better chance of hitting the lottery (look up the odds)!

In all seriousness this software was a great waste of time and money for me. You may have better luck but why chance it!
I deal with software and computers all day long and its amazing that this one has me stumped on the problems its caused.

If I find the mysterious fix I will post it.

Acer Laptop Aspire E E1-572-6484 Intel Core i3 4th Gen 4010U (1.7 GHz) 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I3. 4GB memory. 500 GB HDD. This laptop runs well for the price point. As for the review form Anonymous about bloatware ALL the mfg. add it to their machines. Go in and uninstall all the bloat and the laptop will run like a champ. It has a better build feel then the one that starts with a D that I bought for my son. In all fairnes his was cheaper and had a dedicated video card.
In the end the daughter loves her new laptop!

Cons: Windows 7 support will end sooner than it needs too!

DELL Laptop Inspiron 15 i3542-4666SLV Intel Core i3 4th Gen 4005U (1.7 GHz) 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 820M 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I3 processor. 4gb memory. Dedicated 2gb video card. 500gb HDD. Screen is nice and bright and viewing angle isn't too bad. I have seen much worse. Build quality is ok.

Cons: The back of the screen appears to be metal but isn't. This won't be much of an issue to you if it's spends its time in one spot... BUT if plan on toting it around buy a very well padded laptop bag. If you flex the lid you can see your fingers easily on the LCD. I figured this would be the case with the price point on this particular laptop.

Other Thoughts: Windows 10 a pro and a con. I still prefer 7 but 10 is growing on me. Be sure to rid the machine of bloatware and find a decent guide on the web to tweak the settings. Windows 10 can be very intrusive if not set up properly.


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Display Name: Robert H.

Date Joined: 11/28/03

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  • Last Review: 01/07/17
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