Running External Applications
SiteKiosk makes it possible for you to run any external application directly (i.e. without feedback) from within the browser. It is also possible to do this manually from any web page.
When you need to run a Windows 10 UWP app
, you can use a workaround to start it with SiteKiosk. Further information can be found in the Readme.txt file in the folder ..\SiteKiosk\UWP. Due to technical limitations there is no easier way to configure an UWP app.
Please also observe the Instructions on how to use external applications
1.1 Program properties
You can configure various properties of the application.
Name of the external application.
- Command line (including complete path)
Enter the corresponding path to the application here. If necessary, you can can set additional parameters should this be required for the application to launch.
Note: If you are using additional parameters you should also add the path without parameters to the indirectly launched programs to make sure the application can be closed by SiteKiosk.
You also have the option to specify a screenshot to visualize the application. Unless you specify a screenshot, the application will be represented by its default program icon, and the configuration will show a stock image as a placeholder.
The description you enter here allows you to provide the user with extensive information about the application.
- Run program automatically
Will launch the program automatically when SiteKiosk starts. This option will also close and restart the program when the screensaver comes on and turns off, while closing and restarting it when a session ends and is resumed before and after a logout, respectively.
If enabled, this option will hide the program in the Start menu or the Applications page in the SiteKiosk browser. If you do want to display the program in these areas, create a second entry without specifying the automatic start options.
- Requires password at launch
This section allows you to specify an optional password which users will be prompted to enter before the program is launched. This ensures, for instance, that the application will only be available for use by certain users.
1.2 Indirectly launched programs
Some applications, games in particular, use so-called "loaders" at launch which will load and start the actual main application. To ensure that both the main application and all other parts of the application that are launched separately will be closed during a reset of SiteKiosk, you must enter these "loaders" in this section as well.
This option cannot
be used in conjunction with execution of applications under a different user account.
1.3 Execute under different user account
Certain programs/games require administrator rights and, therefore, can only be started by users that have administrator access. This applies, for instance, to the application "Age of Empire" by Microsoft.
You can use this option to assign this application/game administrator rights. Simply select a user account that has administrator access.
We would like to point out that granting administrator rights to applications represents a potential security risk! The application will then have full administrator access, robbing your machine of the protection that is ensured by operating, for example, under the SiteKiosk user. What is more, the dialog box and window management will no longer be able to intercept dialog boxes and windows. You should, therefore, use extreme caution when using this option.
This option will not be available in Windows 8, 10 if UAC (User Access Control) is enabled. Note: Win8 and higher does not allow to completely disable UAC.
Use the Test button to find out if the application you added can be launched with the settings you configured. Please also observe the Instructions on how to use external applications
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