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# Friday, 01 February 2008

If you are using Windows Zero Configuration (WZC) to configure your wireless networks and the device does not have any preferred networks configured you will get a pop-up configuration form every 60 seconds.
To stop this occurring you can un-check the 'Notify when new networks available' check-box on the config screen like so:

This is all fine for standard users but what if this happens when you have an application running in kiosk mode and under no circumstances should the user see any config screens? The user should not manually be 'checking' any boxes to enable/disable system settings as they are non-technical users.

Well, when you check the check-box described above it modifies a value in the registry.

The registry key is: HKLM\\Drivers\\BuiltIn\\Ethman\\Popup\\Popup
So setting this DWORD value to 1 turns pop-ups on and 0 turns pop-ups off.

During application deployment, however it may be done, this reg key can be set to ensure that the user never sees the WZC config form.

One thing to note is that different device manufacturer might set different default values.

At my company we use 2 different hardware devices: Datalogic Memor and Skeye Allegro.

For some reason the Skeye Allegro has a slightly different Key: HKLM\\Drivers\\BuiltIn\\Ethman\\Popup\\DoPopup
How's that for consistency?

One last thing, the key probably won't exist in any emulators as they don't emulate wifi ;-)

Friday, 01 February 2008 16:04:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
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