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Setting up Windows 8 for a MAME based arcade machine
# Setting up Windows 8 for a MAME based arcade machine
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I choose windows 8 for my MAME based arcade machine to remain current and because of it's speed. Windows 8 has an annoying metro interface that seems like it was make for a tablet, not a desktop. The standard Windows desktop interface that you might be familiar with is still there. You can easily navigate your Windows 8 machine if you understand the following basic tips.
#### Metro
* You can switch from the metro interface to the desktop by clicking on the desktop icon.
* You can switch from the desktop to the metro interface by clicking in the bottom left corner of the screen.
* Moving the cursor to the bottom right of the screen while in the desktop interface will reveal a panel. Clicking the settings icons and the "power" will reveal a list of power options.
#### Opening apps
* Press win + r and then typing in the app name.
* Type the app name in an explorer path field.
* Press control + shift + escape to open the task manager and then select File -> Run new task, and typing in the app name.
## Guide
#### Change the user name (user name is shown during log in and after disabling lock screen)
* While on the desktop, open an explorer window by clicking the folder icon in the taskbar.
* Press the up arrow in the new explorer window to navigate to the desktop folder.
* Click the shortcut to the Control Panel.
* Click "User Accounts and Family Safety" and then "User Accounts".
* Click "Change your account name" and change it to your arcade machines name or something else suitable.
#### Personalize the start screen (this setting also effects the shutdown screen, log in screen, restart screen, and the screen shown after disabling lock screen)
* While on the start screen, move the cursor to the right of the screen to reveal a panel.
* Click on "Settings" and then "Change PC Settings".
* Click on "Personalize" and then "Start screen".
* One of the tiles with a black background would be most unobtrusive.
* You may also click on "Account picture", and choose a custom picture of your taste (or create a 1x1 pixel image filled with the background color).
#### Disable/Hide the boot screen
* Opening "msconfig", selecting the "boot" tab, and clicking "No GUI boot" will disable the spinner and animation from the bootscreen.
* Your boot screen will still be left with a windows logo.
* To disable the spinner, animation and windows logo, you need to download and use [BootUITuner](
* Open BootUITuner and uncheck all boxes.
* Click the "Apply" button.
* Next time you boot, your boot screen will be completely black.
#### Automatically log in to your Windows 8 account
* Open "netplwiz".
* Uncheck "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" and then press ok.
* Enter your password and password confirmation.
* Windows "saves" that password for you, so that you do not have to enter it anymore during log on.
* I still do not know how to bypass or hide the log in screen, but at least the process is now automated.
#### Disable lock screen
* Hit Window Key + R.
* A run dialog box appears.
* Type gpedit.msc into the box and hit Ok.
* The Local Group Policy Editor appears.
* Navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Tools -> Control Panel -> Personalization in the left pane of the window.
* Double click (or tap) on "Do not display the lock screen".
* Another dialog box appears.
* Select Enabled and click Ok.
#### Boot directly into your front end
* This can be accomplished by changing a setting called "shell" within the registry.
* If you change the shell and then launch explorer (for admin purposes), the desktop icons and taskbar will not load.
* Instead, we will make a group policy to acomplish the same thing without the restrictions changing the shell in the registry imposes.
* Open "mmc".
* Select File -> Add/Remove Snap-in.
* Select "Group Policy Object Editor" and then click "Add".
* Click the "Browse" button in the wizard window.
* Click the "Users" tab in the new window that popped up.
* Select the current user you set up to automatically log in and use for your MAME arcade machine.
* Make sure the checkbox in the wizard is unchecked.
* Click "Finish".
* Click "Ok" in the "Add or Remove Snap-ins" window.
* In the User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System folder, open "Custom User Interface".
* Select the "Enabled" radio button in the "Custom User Interface" window.
* Under "Options" it says "Interface File Name".
* Enter the path of your front end executable in the field below it.
* Click "Ok".
* Exit the Policy Editor and reboot.
#### Shut down and restart Windows 8 easily
* Right click your Desktop, click New > Shortcut, and then type in: shutdown /s /t 0. (Don’t include the period. That’s a zero, not the letter O.)
* You can then right click the new shortcut and Pin to Start — and then you can drag it onto your taskbar.
* Clicking the shortcut will shut down your PC immediately.
#### Bypass the Windows 8 Start screen after log-in
* Hit Start, type schedule, click Settings, and open “Schedule tasks.”
* Click Task Scheduler Library from the left pane, Create Task on the right pane, and give it a name like Boot to Desktop.
* Then head into the Triggers tab, click New, and then select “At log on” from the drop-down.
* Click OK.
* Head to the Actions tab, click New, and then simply type explorer into the Program/script text box.
* Click OK, OK again, and you’re done.
###### Guide written and assembled by Keil Miller Jr 2013, but information pertaining the guide was found and collected from various sources on the internet.
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