Latest release of WinVNKey
May 6, 2009
are proud to announce the second beta release of WinVNKey 5.5 (build 456).
This release has two editions. The WinVNKey Vista edition works well
on Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7
without the need to turn off User Account Control (UAC) or Protected Mode.
The WinVNKey NT edition it works well on older Windows versions such as XP,
Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows NT.
software is available for download from http://winvnkey.sf.net:
WinVNKey 5.5.456 for 32-bit and 64-bit Vista,
Windows Server 2008, Windows 7
This package works well in all applications (MS Office,
Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, pidyin, etc) on all 32-bit and 64-bit Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7. There is no
need to turn off UAC and Protected Mode.
WinVNKey 5.5.456 for Windows NT/2K/XP/2003/Vista/2008/Windows7
Although this package can be installed on Vista,
Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, it will not offer all WinVNKey
functionalities. Certain functionalities do not work such as hotkeys,
special key sequences starting with <CTRL><ALT><ALT>,
typing Han/Nom in certain applications, etc. Thus if you have Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows 7, you should
install (a) to get all the functionalities of WinVNKey.
better serve individual users with different typing needs, WinVNKey is
released in various packages.
Group A specifically
for Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 (download)
Group B for
support typing Han/Nom ideographic characters:
wvnkey5.5.456-winnt-with-HanNom.exe (9.6 MB)
wvnkey5.5.456-winnt-with-HanNom.zip (7.6 MB)
wvnkey5.5.456-winnt-with-HanNom.7z (5.0 MB)
Packages that do not
support typing Han/Nom ideographic characters:
wvnkey5.5.456-winnt-without-HanNom.exe (2.5 MB)
wvnkey5.5.456-winnt-without-HanNom.zip (1.6 MB)
wvnkey5.5.456-winnt-without-HanNom.7z (0.9 MB)
you don’t see a particular package that you look for, please click
here to see all the list of all packages. When the web page appears,
look for the "Download" menu at the top row, then click on it and
select menu "Browse All Packages". Then click on the link
"WinVNKey Official Releases
How to install?
the zip file of interest, unzip it, then right click on the file setup.exe
and choose menu "Run as administrator" to install. The WinVNKey
package for Vista requires
your Vista/2008 system does not have any of these packages, WinVNKey setup
will ask you for permission to download and install. Of course you
should answer "yes" to install these missing packages. But
the install process will fail later because you have no write permission in
system folders. To avoid this and save time, you should follow these
no to cancel the current installation process.
off UAC (User Account Control) so that you can write in system folders:
| "Control Panel" | "User Accounts and Family Safety" |
"User Accounts" | "Turn User Account Control on or off"
| Uncheck checkbox "Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect
OK and restart your Vista system.
repeat the installation process:
click on setup.exe choose menu "Run as administrator" to install.
asked for permission to install Windows 3.1 or .NET Framework 3.5, answer
yes to proceed.
installation is completed, you can turn on UAC to protect your computer
because WinVNKey can work well even with UAC enabled.
packages 3, 4, 5 are functionally equivalent. All packages 6, 7, 8
are functionally equivalent. Thus you should download only one
package. Normally, you should download an exe package because it
supports automatic installation. However, the automatic installation
sometimes fails on certain Windows XP or Vista computers. In this case
you can download the corresponding zip package, unzip it, and click on the
file winvnkey.exe to run. The 7z package is similar to the zip package but
its size is the smallest. It can be unzipped with the 7-zip utility
(download from www.7-zip.org).
installation is complete, you can run WinVNKey and browse the installation
WinVNKey | Run | Open folder | WinVNKey Install Folder
will bring up Windows Explorer with the right panel showing the
installation directory. If you install package 1, 3, 4, or 5, you will
see a HanNom folder, which contains all Han/Nom databases and subfolders. If
you install package 2, 6, 7, or 8, you will not see a HanNom folder.
That's the only difference between these packages.
you install package 2, 6, 7, or 8, and later want Han/Nom support, all you
need to do is copy the entire HanNom folder from another installation that
has Han/Nom support (i.e., copy from another computer). Or you can
download package 1, 3, 4, or 5 and install on top of the current
Features & Bug Fixes
general WinVNKey works well in all applications (MS Office, Internet
Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, pidyin, etc) on all platforms (Vista, Windows
2008, Windows 7, XP, Windows 2000, NT). The notorious DEP bug has been
completely fixed so there is no need to turn off UAC (User Account Control)
or Protected Mode in Internet Explorer.
accidental upper case in MS Word.
RTF conversion of ư for TCVN-3 in Word 2007.
memory violation when updating certain HanNom databases
hot keys for language macros
combining engine for Vietnamese, macros, Han/Nom in Internet Explorer (IE)
in Vista because by default IE does not support shared memory for security reasons.
a number of other errors.
Enhancements for Han/Nom
plain text conversion (select source charset #100 and click on the
destination charset combobox arrow to see all new options):
conversion from Traditional Chinese to Simplified Chinese and vice versa
collecting Han/Nom statistics on Han/Nom text files.
menu "Update Han/Nom database":
users to hide Han/Nom databases that they do not use.
users to extract data from Unihan.txt (released by Unicode Consortium)
based on a particular keyword. The output can then be integrated into
existing or new Han/Nom databases that can be understood by WinVNKey.
Han/Nom database updates from Le Thanh Son.
typing ye^nh and tuy'p as if they were valid Vietnamese.
conversion of plain text from Telex or VNI conventions to any character set
and vice versa. See source charsets #47 and #48 in Plain Text conversion.
conversion of plain text by automatically retyping source text based on
typing method and Viet option page and macros. Choose source charsets #200
or more and click on the "?" button to see explanation and
all features of plain text conversion available through menu: press and
release CTRL twice, then press right mouse to display the conversion menu.
The set up of source and destination character sets is done in menu C.
Unicode Typepad to support Planes 1, 2, 3, 15 and fast scrolling.
Known bugs in this version
64-bit Vista/2008/Windows7: WinVNKey does not work with Notepad.
32-bit Vista/2008/Windows7: WinVNKey works well in Notepad.
If WinVNKey does not run on Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7
Vista edition of WinVNKey 5.5.456 should run well on 32-bit and 64-bit
Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows 7. However, if
it cannot run on your particular Vista system, you can try one of the
Windows Explorer and browse to the installation folder | winnt. Right
click on the file "WinVNKey.exe" and choose: Properties /
Compatibility. Then check the box for
Run this program in Compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 2).
open Control panel / User Accounts and Family Safety / User Acounts / Turn
User Account Control On or Off / Then uncheck the box: Use User Account
Control (UAC) to help protect your computer.
WinVNKey does not work in Internet Explorer, turn off Protected Mode in
Internet Explorer: Tools / Internet Options / Security. Then
uncheck the box for "Enable Protected Mode" and restart Internet