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Windows 7: Setting up Wall Mounted PC's with TV Monitors

28 Mar 2014   #1
steveh69

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Setting up Wall Mounted PC's with TV Monitors

I will be setting up some PC's in my office that will have large flat screen TV's to be used to diplay Looping PowerPoint Presentations for informational purposes for visitors. What I want to do is be able to remotely administer them via RDP then log out and have the Presentation to continue to run after I disconnect from my RDP session. The problem is that when I do log out of my RDP session, the TV display goes back to the locked out Service Account used for the PC login. I found some info at http://community.spiceworks.com/topi...een-powerpoint but I don't think the suggestion of creating and saving the PowerPoint presentation as a .ppsx file is what I need. I've seen this done in lots of places but need to know how make this all work in my office without using a wireless keyboads and mice at each TV. Thanks for everyones advice in advance.


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28 Mar 2014   #2
Kari

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Hi Steve, welcome to the Seven Forums.

This is a workaround I have used in almost a similar scenario:
  1. Set automatic logon on remote PC (Log On Automatically at Startup)
  2. Set the PowerPoint presentation to run fullscreen automatically on the remote PC whenever user is logged in:
    • Create a batch file containing following command:
    • Code:
      "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\POWERPNT.EXE" /S "X:\Name_Of_Your_Presentation.pptx"
    • Save it to Start Menu > Programs > Startup on remote PC
  3. Restart remote PC instead of closing the RDP:
    • Create a batch file to restart immediately:
    • Code:
      shutdown -r -t 1
    • Save it to desktop of the remote PC
  4. Instead of closing the remote desktop connection, double click the restart batch shortcut to restart the computer. The remote PC will now restart, logs in automatically and runs your presentation fullscreen.
Notice please that the command in above list #2 assumes you are using PowerPoint 2013 ("Office15") and that you are using either a 64-bit Office on a 64 bit Windows, or 32 bit Office on 32 bit Windows. If you have a 32 bit Office on a 64 bit Windows, the folder Programs Files must be changed to Program Files (x86), and if using older Office versions the folder Office15 must be changed accordingly (Office 2010 = Office14, Office 2007 = Office13 and so on).

Kari
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28 Mar 2014   #3
steveh69

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks so much Kari, you're asesome I will give this a shot and let you know how it works!
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28 Mar 2014   #4
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

You are welcome.

I use this method to update a PC in my friends bar; a mini PC runs a PowerPoint presentation which is its only purpose, display is set behind the bar high on the wall. Whenever my friend needs ads (= PP slides) changed, I edit the presentation stored locally on my PC, log in remotely and update the remote presentation, then restart the remote PC which after reboot logs in the only user automatically and starts the presentation.

Because the Start Menu Shutdown and Restart commands are disabled on remote PC when connected using RDP, the restart needs to be done from Command Prompt hence the shutdown -r batch.
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