We use Windows Steady State for our XP OPACs.
All other machines have been upgraded to Windows 7 and use the Faronics suite (Deep Freeze, Anti-Executable, Anti-Virus) to achieve a clean reboot. When I investigated moving away from Steady State (as it is not supported in Windows 7) I did find an engineer who essentially rewrote Steady State for the newer OS.
I'm not seeing that know (that was shortly after Windows 7 launches, so quite awhile in IT terms).
James Gilbert, BS, MLIS
Whitehall Township Public Library
3700 Mechanicsville Road
Whitehall, PA 18052
610-432-4339 ext: 203
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Francis Kayiwa
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 1:52 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Particular (Peculiar?) Kiosk Solution Sought
On 08/14/2014 11:35 AM, Chris Amorosi wrote:
> Hopefully someone can help me here!
> I have an express 15 minute kiosk intended for quick printing or email
> checks. When a user comes up to the station, they have to press a
> button on screen to say they read/agree to the user policies of the
> library before using the station. Every 5 minutes and on the last
> minute they are warned about how much time they have left. At the end
> of 15 minutes, everything is closed, the desktop is wiped, and they're
> booted off. While a user (and abuser) could simply wait a moment as
> the station resets and log back on, usually the inconvenience of
> losing all their work every 15 minutes is enough to dissuade them from doing so.
> We currently have a program that works like this, but it will only run
> on XP. I'd like to update the station to 7, so I need a replacement.
> Remote access would be a plus, but it's not necessary.
> I'm not worried about keeping the station secure because we have Deep
> Freeze. All I'm looking for is that timer functionality.
I haven't "done Windows" in a while.
We solved this using a 15 minute scheduled task triggered by the logon that would execute shutdown.exe
A sign on the machine saying it is shutting down in 15 will be useful.
Otherwise you can settle for reasonably priced Kiosk mode software that does all of this.
Bank error in your favor. Collect $200.