Script or batch to start an application

Posted on 2012-08-28
Last Modified: 2012-08-31
I have a lobby kiosk computer (Win7 64bit)(touch screen) that is set to auto login and launch a visitor/badging application that runs all the time. I would like to have a (power point?) slide show that runs until somebody touches the screen, the restarts after a period of inactivity. Almost like a screen saver but i would like more flexibility that power point can give me. The power point will most likely just be some sort of greeting for visitors we know are coming and maybe some company information. The key is i need it to start when the pc starts and then when a visitor comes in and touches the screen...the powerpoint or whatever is running will close and my visitor app will already be up...Then after a period of inactivity (visitors have already signed in and recieved their badge...the power point starts back up. I would think a script or batch file could do this. But my scripting is far from par.
Question by:FastFord
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    This really sounds like a screen saver.

    I would suggest using the "My Pictures Screensaver".  You can export a powerpoint deck to a picture folder that you point the screen saver to.

    This would also allow others to easily create decks / slides without your assistance.

    Here are some instructions:
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    Also, for your kiosk user you may be able to replace explore.exe as the shell - not sure if this still applies to Windows versions after XP:

    reg add "HKEY_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v shell /t reg_sz /d "c:\program files\abc\abc.exe" /f

    If the above screen saver + shell replacement don't do it for you, then there are dedicated products - search for "kiosk" software.

    Author Comment

    Yes. It will basically be a screen saver. I like the idea of exporting the powerpoint and using the screen saver. I will need to check to see if the computer will run the screen saver w/o the explorer shell though. Right now I just have the visitor/badging application set to load.

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