What do I need to do to get a Windows machine ready to be used by public visitors with eye tracking and/or a touch screen?
asked 13 Aug '14, 19:44
This scenario is most used when you are setting up eye tracking in a public display scenario. You have some screen with information that can be navigated by a user without their hands, and maybe some aspects of it may use a touch screen or some other input, too.
This may overlap a lot with setup of a AAC device, too.
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The short version is:
The long version is:
Assuming that you maintain a network connection, you will want to disable any sort of popup or something that could restart the computer or disable the computer. Here is a number of steps that apply to most Windows 7, 8 computers.
Modify Windows Update Settings
And change the drop down to:
For the pc vendor specific tools, such as Viao, HP, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, etc, go and either:
Remove all add-on software (bloatware) included on the computer, or
Edit the settings of each one to not connect to perform updates.
Modify Java, Adobe, Apple and Other Background Updater Services/Processes
Now there are a few common tools that may have been installed lately that tend to have updates and pop ups associated with them, too:
Java, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Adobe Air, iTunes, QuickTime.
Open the settings for each of those tools, and also change them to not check for updates.
For example, with Java, go to
For Adobe products, open the program and go to
For a number of these things, you can open up
Automatically Log Into Windows
To make the computer automatically log in when you restart it, use
In the event that the checkbox is missing in netplwiz, see the following:
Modify Screen Saver
Now to disable any screen savers:
and change the drop down to
Modify Power Options
and change the plan to
And go into
Now go into
For an additional precaution, go to
and change it to
Add Program to Startup
Windows has recently made it more difficult to find the startup folder. To easily find it on Windows 8 and 7,
Now copy in a shortcut to the programs you want to run on startup and you should be good to go.
If the programs require administrative/UAC options on startup, they may not work here. Please see: http://answers.eyetechds.com/questions/17/windows-8-start-up
Limit End User Input and Access
Removing the keyboard and mouse will stop most input on the computer. Touch screens on Windows 7 typically don't allow access to the system, if a full screen application is running that doesn't have an exit button.
Windows 8 has menus that can be accessed with gestures on the edges of the screen, so if you are interacting with a full screen window, and touch is available, you may want to use ideas from the following article or something similar:
If this setup is intended for more than 1 machine, it may be prudent to use imaging software to create an image of the machine, once it is prepped and verified that it is working to an external harddrive, and then to image future machines. This step is beyond the scope of this article. This google search should get you started.