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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Upgrades


Please read our review of Release 12

Choose Your Current Product

There are many different upgrades to Dragon NaturallySpeaking. If you wish to upgrade, the first step is to determine your current release and product. Click on the appropriate link below, then the logical upgrades can be identified.


In some cases buying a new product is advised instead of upgrading, in other cases multiple upgrades may be necessary.

Upgrades to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13

Release 13 requires Windows 7 or Windows 8. It supports Office 2010 and Office 2013/Office 365 products. Release 13 does not support Windows XP or Windows Vista. Nor does it support Office 2003 or Office 2007.

Upgrades to Premium 13 are available now, upgrades to Dragon Professional 13 will probably be available by mid-September, upgrades for Dragon Legal will probably be released later in 2014.

Upgrades to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12

Release 12 requires Windows-XP SP-3 (32-bit), Vista SP1 or later, or Windows 7. These were released during 2012.

What Your Upgrade Version Purchase Includes

Upgrade purchases include the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Upgrade DVD, a tiny Quick Reference Guide from Nuance, and Nuance's technical support as applicable (usually 1 free problem report). Softnet Systems will assist with installation issues when Remote Internet access is available so that we can observe and participate in the installation and see the problem(s) first-hand. We use a service that costs you nothing to use, just a couple of minutes to set it up when necessary. We provide a web page with supplemental instructions for upgraders.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 10/11 to Legal 12

Legal 9 (or Legal 8) users also have an option to upgrade to Legal 10 if desired, as we still have upgrades to Legal 10 from Legal 8 or 9 in stock. Contact us for details.

Upgrade from NaturallySpeaking Legal Release 10/11 to Legal 12
Regular 299.99, save $150 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST (5 as of September 1, 2014). This is the latest version supporting Windows XP, Windows Vista, Office 2003, and Office 2007 though problems encountered will probably not be fixed by Nuance.
This product will be shipped by the next business day after ordering.


Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 10/11 to Professional 12

For doctors or others using many Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems, Professional does not support dictation into such systems, doctors should typically upgrade to Dragon Medical Practice Edition.

Upgrade from NaturallySpeaking Professional Release 10 or 11 to Professional 12!
Regular $239.99


Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 11/12 to Premium 13

By mid-August, Nuance is expected to have released upgrades from Dragon Premium 11 or 12 to Premium 13. Our best guess for shipping these is August 18. If you need this immediately and are willing to either rely on Nuance support, you can buy this immediately as a download from Nuance. US Resellers are not permitted to sell download copies of Dragon Premium 13.
Upgrade from NaturallySpeaking Premium Releases 11 or 12 to Premium 13. Price valid only until September 30, 2014.
This product will be shipped by the next business day after ordering.

Nuance Part K689A-K00-13.0

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 10/Premium 11 to Professional 12

Preferred/Premium Users may upgrade to Professional at a promotional price, or upgrade to Premium 12

Upgrade from NaturallySpeaking Preferred Release 10 or Premium Releases 11 or 12 to Professional 12. Price while supplies last.
This product will be shipped by the next business day after ordering.

Nuance Part A289A-RC7-12.0

Upgrades to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11

Release 11 requires Windows-XP SP-3 (32-bit), Vista, or Windows 7.

At least 1GB RAM is normally needed on Windows-XP, 2GB RAM on Windows Vista or Windows 7 32-bit systems is minimal, 4GB on Windows Vista 64-bit or Windows 7 32 or 64-bit systems is required. If buying a new system, get 2GB if Windows XP or 4GB+ for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Release 11 requires about 150MB more RAM than Release 9. Memory upgrades are simple to do on most PC's (Tablet-PC's can be an exception), if you need more RAM I suggest looking at as a top-notch supplier.

A minimum 1GHz CPU is required for any of the Release 11 products. Either a dual-core CPU, 1.6GHz or faster; or a single processor at least 2.4GHz is needed. If buying new, then we suggest a dual-core system running 2GHz or faster. If your computer system does not meet these requirements, it may still be worthwhile buying an upgrade to Pro, Medical, or Legal to preserve future upgrade options or to run in a slightly-slower mode.

The SSE2 instruction set and at least 512KB L2 cache memory is required. What this means in practice is that some systems bought before 2006, most commonly AMD systems, may not work. Don't worry, those systems wouldn't run Release 11 very well anyways! Nuance has a TechNote 6027 that goes into the detail of this issue and provides information of how to determine if your system is affected.

What Your Upgrade Version Purchase Includes

Upgrade purchases include the Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Upgrade DVD, a tiny Quick Reference Guide from Nuance, and Nuance's technical support as applicable (usually 1 free problem report).

[Scripting for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11, by Larry V. Allen]


Upgrade Documentation Special

For those upgrading to Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional or Legal 11, we offer special pricing for upgrades which includes a PDF copy of Scripting for Dragon NaturallySpeaking® 11 (a $49 value). This book provides needed documentation so that you can learn to produce the voice commands that will allow you to better customize your product. Otherwise, you must rely on on-line help files to decipher how to create voice commands that make these products powerful.


These products are licensed PER USER. Two users, one machine requires two licenses. One user, two machines requires one license. Please call or e-mail if upgrading 4 or more licenses as other licensing options may exist. Provide your current versions (Preferred, Medical, Pro, etc.) and release numbers (8, 9, 10 ...) for products you already have.



Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional (or Legal) 9/10 to Professional (or Legal) 11

No longer available.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 9/10 to Dragon Medical Practice Edition

Upgrade Information

No longer available. Buy Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 8 or Legal 9 to Legal 10

Legal 10 Upgrades in stock and discounted!

If you have a valid Dragon Legal 8 or Dragon Legal 9 license, these upgrades may assist in updating your software to a more-current version of Dragon Legal.

Upgrade from NaturallySpeaking Legal Release 8/9 to Legal 10. ($449 is the list price starting October 1, 2008)
Quantities Limited at this price to stock on hand.
This product will be shipped by the next business day after ordering.


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