GWKB1004 : Network and Multi-User Installation Guide

Product: Window-Eyes
Author: Aaron Smith
Date Added: 09/20/2005
Last Modified: 05/25/2011

The following document will guide you through the Window-Eyes network installation process, and demonstrate how ­to set up multiple Window-Eyes user accounts.

Before continuing, please review the "Advanced Install Options" section in the Window-Eyes users guide and KB 1124 which discusses Window-Eyes user profiles at

Network Installation

Prior to attempting a network installation of Window-Eyes you will need to make sure that your network connections are working correctly. The installation process will take place in two steps 1) The Server Installation, and 2) the Client Installation.

The Server Installation

In order to have a successful installation of Window-Eyes on the server, you will need to be logged either as administrator or as a user with administration privileges. After you have successfully logged in, place the Window-Eyes CD in the computer's CD-ROM drive. Once you are presented with the initial installation dialog, select how you want to run the installation process (with or without speech, custom or quick install). The installation processes are described in detail in the "Installing Window-Eyes" section of the Window-Eyes Users Guide. Once Window-Eyes is installed, you will need to make sure that the Window-Eyes folder hierarchy is shared with appropriate restrictions. For maximum security, we recommend the following folder settings:

  • Window-Eyes Program Folder (cwineyes by default) Read Only Access
  • Window-Eyes User Folder (cwineyesusers by default) Read Only Access
  • Individual User Folders (cwineyesusersuser0100 for example) Read/Write Access
Depending on the operating system you are working with, you should be able to assign permissions to specific user folders for specific users.

The Client Installation

Once you have successfully completed the server installation of Window-Eyes, proceed to the client machine to perform the client installation. In order to successfully complete the client installation, you must be logged into the client machine as either administrator or as a user with administrator privileges.

Before you begin the Window-Eyes client installation, you will need to make sure that the path to the Window-Eyes server installation has been mapped to a local drive on the client machine. For example, map the server path (\\server\wineyes) to local drive s for the client installation. The mapped drive must remain constant per client system for the purposes of the Window-Eyes shortcut available to multiple users. You may, however, change the mapped drive letter between client machines.

Once you have verified that you are logged in as either administrator or as a user with administrator privileges, and have verified that the path to the server installation of Window-Eyes has been mapped to a drive letter, place the Window-Eyes CD in the computer's CD-ROM drive. When the initial installation dialog appears, either TAB to the Advanced button and press ENTER, or press ALT-A to access the advanced setup options dialog.

In the advanced setup options dialog, you have two options concerning the client installation 1) Install Client With Speech, or 2) Install Client Without Speech. Each install will prompt for the following information:

  • Remote Location
  • Server Location
  • Software Synthesizer Selection
  • Manual Installation
  • Startup Selection (Note that Load Before Startup will be disabled for security purposes)
All Window-Eyes files will be stored and accessed from the server except for the Window-Eyes video driver, the enable/disable video driver utility, and the Window-Eyes program group icons located in the start menu. The program group icons (or shortcuts) will point to the Window-Eyes server installation located on the mapped drive you designated before the client install.

It is important to recognize that the speed of the network may impact the performance of Window-Eyes. On a slower network, more time may be necessary to access files such as Window-Eyes core components and set files.

Multi-User Installation

After you have completed both the server installation and client installation of Window-Eyes, and have verified that the software is running correctly, you will need to set up accounts for all users who need access to Window-Eyes. For more information on setting up multiple user accounts, please see KB 1124 at