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Changes in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 affect TypeWell linking

Earlier versions of Windows remain unaffected

Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have suspended support for:

  1. the wireless Ad Hoc feature needed for Peer-to-peer Linking, and
  2. the wireless Soft AP feature needed for Internal Linking.

Peer-to-peer and Internal Linking are two wireless linking methods that allow TypeWell to link to a reader device without an internet connection.

There are some workarounds to restore the Ad Hoc and Soft AP functionality on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, but they require the user to have admin rights (as well as technical expertise). For example:

  • Roll back the WiFi driver to an earlier version that does support the Ad Hoc and/or Soft AP features.
  • Dual boot Windows 7 on your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 machine.
Soft AP wifi capabilities Before and After a Windows 10 update

If a Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 computer is still able to use Peer-to-peer or Internal Linking, that probably means that Windows Update has not yet updated the WiFi driver.

Web-based linking methods are compatible with all versions of Windows. Web Linking and StreamText Linking require an internet connection and are available in the Premium version of the TypeWell V7 Transcriber software.

We're committed to improving the TypeWell transcribing software. We will be working on a new version of linking without internet, but we can't predict how long that will take. If you provide on-site TypeWell services in locations without reliable internet access, please take this information into consideration when using TypeWell on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

Please email any questions to our Support Team: support@typewell.com

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Kate Ervin

Kate became a TypeWell transcriber in 2004 and began training new transcribers in 2009. She has served as TypeWell's Executive Director since 2011.

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