I allowed my subscription to lapse but I am finally back on Experts-Exchange! I would like to build my new company a well designed startup screen. Before this startup screen is executed I usually close windows explorer and all other known backdoors including replacing Help with a custom application and removing access to ease of access center. I have been doing this with fairly good success. Previously, I loaded a dos script that will then perform several steps but I would like to re-design this startup sequence with better visuals. I believe an effective way to do this is by using HTML application. (.hta) as the "front-end" The startup screen will have to perform a few tasks with visual feedback;
1.) It needs to open and display some basic computer info including the date, time and the computer name.
2.) It needs to display a list of actions and start running them one after another. These actions is currently separate dos scripts but I will change them to PowerShell as soon as the main concept is working with a dos "back-end".
3.) Each script (task) will update the C:\STATUS.TXT file so that the .hta knows what to display on the screen to the user.
A sample of the .txt file and a design is attached.
I really hope that someone can guide me as I have no knowledge of .html/.hta as of yet. My aim is to develop this fairly standard base that can be easily customized from one project to another.
Note: I use "back-end" and "front-end" very loosely.