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We have three different PowerPoint presentations displayed on three different monitors using Java and VB Scripts on Windows XP Professional operating system.
Currently, this process is cumbersome and would like to modify a  presentation on short notice and operational in the least amount of time.
Finally, budget will not provide additional purchasing for software or hardware.
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The PowerShow add-in is the easiest way to do this directly from PowerPoint, but since you indicated your budget doesn't allow any software purchases, there are other ways to do it => the easiest is if you have a copy of Windows 2000, XP, or Vista that you can install in a virtual machine.

=> Install the free Virtual PC 2007 [http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=28C97D22-6EB8-4A09-A7F7-F6C7A1F000B5&displaylang=en ]

=>  Create a virtual machine and install a copy of Windows in it (Any version that supports the free PowerPoint Viewer -- 2000, XP, Server 2003, or Vista).

=>  Install the free PowerPoint Viewer in the virtual machine. [http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=048DC840-14E1-467D-8DCA-19D2A8FD7485&displaylang=en ]

=>  Set the virtual machine to use a shared folder on your "real" machine -- and simply keep the presentations there.

You can now simply run that VM full screen on any monitor and run a presentation using the PowerPoint viewer.

You can repeat this process as many times as needed to support a "machine" on each monitor.   Although you could simply copy the .VMC and .VHD files to a new folder to "clone" the fully configured virtual machine, this would be running the same OS in multiple machines, so you should re-build any additional virtual machines using another license for the OS you use.  [But I see no real issue in just cloning it for test purposes.]

Note that as long as you set all the virtual machines to use the same shared folder on your "real" machine, you can simply keep the presentations you need there.   And can easily access/edit them with Powerpoint running on the host.
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Thank you for your comment, unfortunately the VMware suggestion is not a viable option.
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I assume you mean Virtual PC is not an option (Virtual PC is free; VMWare is not).   In that case, I'd suggest you simply buy the PowerShow add-in.   You indicated you wanted to do this without the need to purchase more software; but if you can't isolate multiple Powerpoint Viewer instances in virtual machines, you'll need an add-in that allows multiple simultaneous displays ... and PowerShow is a perfect match for your requirements.
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Or you can extend your Monitors:
http://www.accelerating.org/articles/beyondpresenterview.html
But I also recommend PowerShow as the best option :-)
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Your expert suggestions were appreciated; unfortunately, resolutions are not viable for this inquiry.
Thank you for your responses and we are closing this question.
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Your expert suggestions were appreciated; unfortunately, resolutions are not viable for this inquiry.
Thank you for your responses and we are closing this question.
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Since either PowerShow (first suggested by GlennaShaw) or a set of virtual machines (as I suggested) will do exactly what was asked, I'd be interested in knowing why these are "... not viable for this inquiry ...".     To simply close the question without explaining that may send the wrong message to someone with a similar issue who finds this question in the PAQ database.
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I'd suggest splitting between http:#a24160125 and http:#a24161907

As I noted above, either of these would do exactly what was asked -- although the author elected to not resolve this using either suggestion, noting only that they were "...  not viable for this inquiry."
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