With ScreenCloud, you can show your digital signage content using a wide range of supported Windows devices, including tablets, media players boxes, and sticks.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to set up ScreenCloud’s digital signage software using a Windows device, plus a step-by-step guide to adding your content to your screen quickly and easily.
You can also review a full guide of all systems and devices ScreenCloud supports here.
Table of Contents:
1. How to Set up Your Windows Desktop or Media Players Running on Windows 10 for Digital Signage
Watch the video below to see how to set up your Windows 10 devices for digital signage or follow along the steps below
Using media players running Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system to power your digital signage displays have a lot of benefits. They come at various prices, sizes, specifications, and form factors so if your budget allows, it’s very likely you’re going to find one that suits your business needs. And as Windows 10 is a fully-featured desktop operating system, you have a wide variety of apps that you can choose to run alongside ScreenCloud, including several remote device management options. Depending on the model you choose, you also have the option to power multiple screens from only one main device.
1. How to Set up your Windows 10 Devices
Now there are many devices in this category that we recommend, you can check them out on our hardware page at https://screen.cloud/hardware. Many of these devices come with Microsoft Windows 10 preinstalled, but if the one you choose does not come with Windows 10, or if you have the need to reinstall Windows 10, we suggest you consult with the reseller you purchased your device from or refer to the documentation on Microsoft's own website.
Setting up ScreenCloud on Windows 10 powered media players is very easy. In this guide, we are going to use the Intel NUC8CCHKR, but the process should be very similar for any device you have.
1.1.1. After you've completed the initial set up process, there are two key configurations we'd recommend you do if your Windows 10 powered media player is going to be used solely for digital media purposes.
1.1.2. First, we recommend to disable all notifications. You can do this by selecting the "Start Menu" at the bottom left corner of your main desktop, select the settings icon, and then select "System".
1.1.3. From the menu tab on the left-hand-side of the screen, select "Notifications & Actions" and turn "Off" all notifications from apps and other senders.
You can also uncheck all the remaining boxes. Please note, this will only work for core apps within the Windows operating system. For custom apps, you will have to disable notifications from within the app itself.
1.1.4. Next, you want to make sure that your Windows 10 Media Player does not go to sleep during the operation hours. You can do this by selecting "Power & Sleep" from the menu tab, and select "Never" for both the screen and sleep options.
1.1.5. Now that you are ready to install the ScreenCloud Player app, head over to our download page by entering in your browser search, https://screen.cloud/download.
Scroll down until you see the Windows option. Select the most suitable version listed under Windows or select the "Windows (exe)" version if you're not sure.
When the download is finished, click on the installation file to start the installation process.
1.1.6. When the app starts up for the first time you will have the option to launch the ScreenCloud Player app every time the system starts up. If you prefer this, select the option to "Start at boot".
If you're not sure what to do yet, don't worry, you can change this later in the settings menu.
2. How to Pair Your Windows 10 Devices with Your ScreenCloud Account
Now you'll see the custom pairing code, you can then use this to pair your Amazon Fire TV Stick by logging into your ScreenCloud account here from the web browser on your computer
Once you log into your account, select the "New Screen" button on the top right corner, input the unique pairing displayed on your TV, and enter the name of your device.
And that's it, you are now ready to set any content you'd like to show on your screen. Learn how to use ScreenCloud with our full walkthrough article, follow step-by-step to get started on how to use ScreenCloud for digital signage. This will help you become comfortable with the setup process and the main features of using ScreenCloud.
3. How to Configure Settings on a Windows Device for Optimal Digital Signage Use
How to Open the App's Settings in the ScreenCloud App
3.1.1. Click anywhere on the app to open the settings sidebar (it will slide in from the right).
3.1.2. Right-click on the app and select "Toggle Setting Menu".
How to Reset the Pairing Code
If you want to pair your Windows device with a different ScreenCloud account, or if you need to reset the pairing for any other reason;
3.2.1. Open the settings sidebar and select "RESET PAIRING".
3.2.2. This will reset the player pairing and give you a new code to pair with.
How to Toggle View from Full-Screen to a Smaller Screen
3.4.1. Right-click on the player and select "Toggle Fullscreen". This will switch the app from windowed mode to full-screen mode and vice versa.
How to Close the ScreenCloud App
Simply exiting the app by clicking the close button on the top right corner won't keep the app closed due to the app's 'resurrection' feature, as the app will just continue to relaunch. This setting is to ensure that the app re-opens after crashes or 'accidental' closes. There are two ways to close the app for good:
3.5.1. Open the settings sidebar and then select "EXIT PLAYER".
3.5.2. Right-click on the app and select "Close".
How to Disable Notifications
3.6.1. How to silence your notification alerts
First, locate your Settings > then find Notifications & Actions and select the option to "OFF".
3.6.2. How to silence notifications from one specific app
Open the "Notifications & Actions" settings again and scroll down until you can see the “Get notifications from these senders” list and select which apps you would like to silence.
Note that silencing the apps below will only work for core apps within the Windows operating system. For custom apps, you will have to disable notifications from within the app itself.
How to Disable Auto Log-In
3.7.1. Open Settings and locate "Accounts".
3.7.2. Select "Sign-in Options" located on the sidebar. Under the "Password" section, select change, and type in your current password to verify you are the current user.
3.7.3. Select Next and skip the new password creation to remove the password entirely.
4. How to Schedule your Windows Device to Shutdown or Startup Daily
If you would like to learn how to set your Windows 10 device to automatically start-up and shutdown at a scheduled time click on this article here.
There are many beneficial reasons why one would want to schedule daily shutdowns or startup for their digital signage devices, whether you work in an office or restaurant, it is def a great feeling seeing all of your screens up and running the moment you walk through that door as it takes away the hassle of having to go around and turn on ever individual screen.
Good job! You have successfully set up your Windows devices with ScreenCloud.
If you have any additional questions on the Windows OS Player, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.