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Using Thinix Touch in a Public Use Environment

This is an article on how to use Thinix Touch 6 in a kiosk environment where a user logs in and is set into immersive mode, meaning they log in directly to Thinix Touch, without an option to use a regular desktop. This may be particularly useful in public use computing, libraries, schools, kiosks, etc.

Part 1 – Create the environment

  1. Log into the system as an administrator

  2. Click Start, and open Control Panel

  3. Click on Add/Remove User Accounts

  4. Click on Create a New Account

  5. Make a new account called Guest, make this user Administrator

  6. Log off the current user, log in as the newly created Guest user.

    1. If Thinix Touch is not installed, do that at this time

    2. If Thinix Touch had to be installed, run it, then Return to Windows from the Logoff/Shutdown menu in the lower left hand corner of Thinix Touch.

  7. Open Thinix Touch Configuration

    1. Shortcut on the desktop, or available at “%ProgramFiles%\Thinix\Thinix Touch\ThinixTouchConfig.exe”

    2. On the General tab click ‘Immersive’

      1. This will set the shell and log the Guest user off

  8. Log back into the system as an Administrator

  9. Click Start, and open Control Panel

  10. Click on Add/Remove User Accounts

  11. Click on the Guest account

  12. Click on Change the Account Type

    1. Set the account up as a Standard or Limited User

Part 2 – Visually customize the Guest Use environment

The point of this section is to distinguish the newly created Guest use account from any administrative accounts or other users.

  1. Download the Thinix Guest Use Image Bundle from:

    http://www.thinix.com/_images/collateral/GuestUseImages.zip

    1. This bundle contains:

      1. Guest User Account Picture

      2. Administrator User Account Picture (an X)

      3. A logon screen background

    2. Right click the bundle and unzip it

  2. To change user account pictures, navigate to:

    1. Vista/7 – “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures”

    2. XP – “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\User Account Pictures”

    3. In this folder copy the “usericon_guest.png” and the “usericon_thinixsupport.png” files here

  3. Click Start and open Control Panel

  4. Click on Add/Remove User Accounts

  5. Click on the Guest user account, and change its picture to the “usericon_guest.png” file you copied above.

  6. Click on any non-guest accounts, and their their pictures to the “usericon_thinixsupport.png” file.

  7. To change the logon screen background, navigate to: “%windir%\system32\oobe”

    1. Create a folder in here called “info”

    2. Create a folder in “info” called “backgrounds”

    3. Copy the “backgroundDefault.jpg” into the backgrounds folder

    4. Windows XP/Vista are unsupported for backgrounds, though third party utilities exist to change the logon screen background for these operating systems.

  8. To have the logon screen background apply, these registry values must be set:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]

    "UseOEMBackground"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background]

    "OEMBackground"=dword:00000001

    1. Both keys are DWORD and both values should be set to “1”

    2. To modify the registry, click start then run and type “regedit” and press enter.

      1. The Window + R key combination could also be used in place of start then run

    3. Once the registry values are created or modified, the image should be applied upon reboot.

If desired, different logon screen backgrounds or user account pictures may be created an inserted. User account pictures should be 128px by 128px, while logon screen backgrounds should correspond to the computer screen resolution and be no larger than 256KB in size.