Set up Geckoboard on a Windows 10 device

This article guides you through using our Windows Kiosk app to display your Geckoboard dashboard on devices powered by Windows 10.

What's a Kiosk app?

Kiosk apps enable web browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox etc) to automatically run the application full screen without any browser user interface, such as toolbars and menus. This makes them ideal for installing on devices powering TVs and monitors.

Before you start

For additional security, we recommend your device is connected to your public Wi-Fi.

To install and run our Windows Kiosk app, follow these steps:

  1. Boot up Windows 10 on your chosen device and login.

    Note

    On shared devices, make sure you're logging in as an Administrator. Standard Users won't be able to install new applications.

    Tip

    Create a new Administrator user for your device and use these credentials just for the purposes of setting up the Windows Kiosk app.

  2. When you've reached the desktop, load any installed web browser.
  3. In the browser's address bar, type https://bit.ly/2SsXdOU.

    It will ask for your permission to download a .VBS (Visual Basic script) file. Click Save to confirm.
  4. Once the file has downloaded, locate and open the windows_kiosk.vbs file.

    If the Do you want to open this file? modal appears, click Open.
  5. If the Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your devices? modal for Microsoft console based script, click Yes.
  6. A command prompt window will now load with a Geckoboard heading written in ASCII characters.Geckoboard ascii artRead the notes, then press any key and hit Enter to start the process.
  7. You'll be asked if you'd want this user to automatically login each time the device is booted.

    Typing Y + Enter will means you won't need to re-enter your login password.

    Typing N + Enter will mean you will need to enter your login password each time. If you decide to select No, skip to Step 10.
  8. You'll now see the User Accounts window. Untick the box beside Users must enter a name and password to use this computer.disable the need for a user and password to boot Windows 10 Click Apply, followed by OK.
  9. Now type and confirm the current user's password in the Automatically sign in window, then click OK.enter user and password on Windows 10
  10. If the Google Chrome browser isn't found on your device it will now be installed automatically.
  11. Google Chrome will boot automatically following installation. You can safely close the browser window or switch back to the command prompt.
  12. Next you'll need to reboot your computer. Close any other open applications to complete the reboot.
  13. Depending on whether you selected automatic login, you'll notice the Passcode screen appear. This is the code you'll need to link your Geckoboard dashboard.Passcode screen for sending a dashboard to a TV

    Next step

    Login to Geckoboard on a different device and use our Send to TV feature to display your Geckoboard dashboard.add a new screen modal

Uninstall Windows Kiosk app

To uninstall our Windows Kiosk app, follow these steps:

  1. In the browser's address bar, type https://bit.ly/2EB6Kim.

    It will ask for your permission to download a .VBS (Visual Basic script) file. Click Save to confirm.
  2. Once the file has downloaded, locate and open the windows_kiosk_uninstall.vbs file.

    If the Do you want to open this file? modal appears, click Open.
  3. If the Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your devices? modal for Microsoft console based script, click Yes.
  4. A command prompt window will now load with a Geckoboard heading written in ASCII characters.Geckoboard ascii artRead the notes, then press any key and hit Enter to start the uninstall process.
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