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i need to find a way to make a bootable slide show play on the monitor.

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I need to figure out a way to have a computer boot up and automatically start a slide-show that displaysa pictures from a network shared folder, and loop them constantly. It also has to be able to auto-update as images will be added to the folder throughout the day, and needs to pick up those new images on the next loop.  
Any ideas?

THanks!!
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By "bootable", are you inferring that the computer has no operating system and you need to boot it to its own environment from a CD or USB Flash Drive to run an image slideshow?

If you just mean that you want an image slideshow to run as full-screen when Windows boots up, then you can experiment with the free IrfanView image editor/viewer (http://www.irfanview.com).

This program usually comes as an installer package.  From experience it may offer you the option to install Google Toolbar or something similar during setup, but you just decline.

Once installed, there are some minor configurations to make. The first of these should be under the Options menu > "Properties/Settings" > "Extensions" settings.  I would suggest that (unless of course you like the program and want to associate it with your common image file types) you UNcheck all the file type boxes.  The settings with the check-boxes below that are optional and fairly self-explanatory.  They write settings to your registry.

The program itself saves your configurations in the "i_view32.ini" file alongside the program executable "i_view32.exe", which by default is:
C:\Program Files\IrfanView\i_view32.exe

The reason I suggest this program is that it supports a vast number of command line options.  A slideshow of images from a named folder can be run from the command prompt or a batch file.  The actual timings and other settings for the slideshow can easily be set in the program's interface as follows:

File Menu > Slideshow.
Suggested settings below

 Click the "Full Screen Options" after setting all as shown
Click the "Full Screen Options"

 Suggested settings for Full Screen slideshow. Click OK.
Just OK out of the above dialog and then in the main "slideshow" dialog click "Play Slideshow".  That writes all the settings to the INI file and you can press ESC to exit the slideshow if it starts anywhere.  Close the IrfanView main window.

If you wanted to create those settings without ticking boxes, then the lines under the [slideshow] section of the "i_view32.ini" should be fairly intuitive.

IrfanView is also available as a non-installer zip archive so that you can just unpack it to any drive or folder and run the program:
http://www.irfanview.com/faq.htm#Q7

A simple batch file is all that is needed to run the slideshow in full-screen mode now:

 
@echo off
set IVIEW=C:\Program Files\IrfanView\i_view32.exe
set SOURCE=C:\EE_Image_Slideshow\images\
"%IVIEW%" /slideshow="%SOURCE%" /reloadonloop

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All you do is change the path to your images against the  SOURCE=  line (include the trailing backslash).

OR you can use the full paths and just insert the path to your folder of images:

 
@echo off
"C:\Program Files\IrfanView\i_view32.exe" /slideshow="C:\EE_Image_Slideshow\images\" /reloadonloop

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Create your batch file in Notepad and save as something like "slideshow.cmd", then create a shortcut to it in the "All Users"\Start Menu\Startup folder.

Windows will load and launch the slideshow full screen.

The text that shows in the slideshow is only for your verification that adding a new image to the designated folder does pick it up at the next loop.  You can remove it in the configuration.

It is unfortunately not possible to disable user interaction with the slideshow as far as I know.  The ESC key will close it, the DEL key will prompt for deletion of the current file on display, and keyboard navigation are still possible.  If you wanted a method to completely disable all user interaction, then I do not have any suggestions.
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Axctually, the 2nd batch file serves as a direct command from a standard Windows shortcut in the Start menu's Startup folder, with no need for a batch file.
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Hmmm.  Images from a Network Folder.  That's something I cannot test for you, other than to use a UNC path to the same folder on this standalone PC, and that works.
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Thank you tpsreports.
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