Released: (12/03/2015)

How to I disable the Windows Charms

How do I disable the Windows Charms?

To disable the charms the best practice is to disable Explorer as Visitor Link starts. There are two registry setting that will disable the Charms hot spots on the corners of the screen. However most touch screens also display charms on a side swipe which has no registry setting. By shutting down Explorer we remove not only the charms we also prevent the use of the Visitor Link operating system and programs without attaching a keyboard to the system. We do this using a Windows batch file. We are using Explorer.exe, Windows Explorer, to do this and not Internet Explorer (IE).

Starting the batch file

  1. Save the following text as a .bat file on your Visitor Link System inside your C:\Program Files (x86)\VisitorLink\ directory:

@echooff

timeout /T 5

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe

CD “C:\Program Files (x86)\VisitorLink”

start “” “C:\Program Files (x86)\VisitorLink\VisitorLinkEngine.exe ” “Config name here”

exit

  1. Replace the “Config name here” with your configuration name. Keep the new name inside the quotes.
  2. Open Task Explorer
  3. Add new batch file to the startup
  4. Replace any desktop shortcuts to Visitor Link

Using the system once Explorer is disabled

Once Visitor Link shuts down you will be left with a blank screen. You will have no access to OS. If you need to restore access to use the Visitor Link machine use these steps:

  1. Attach a keyboard or use a remote desktop to reach the Visitor Link machine.
  2. Send or use Control-Alt-Delete
  3. Launch Task Manager
  4. Use the file -> run option
  5. type in “Explorer.exe” (no quotes)
  6. hit the run button

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