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Big Box Launcher v1.0.1


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An Easy BigBox Launching Tool

What is BigBox Launcher

BigBox Launcher is an easy to install tool for Windows 7/8.1/10.

It's aimed at Arcade cabinets and HTPC's.

It's a tool I made for my own bartop :).

 

What does it do?

Arcade Edition:

* Kills explorer.exe at startup

* Launches BigBox

* Scans for BigBox while using almost no extra memory

* If BigBox crashes or stops unexpectedly the tool wil auto. restart and relaunch BigBox (No keyboard needed!)

* Customizable program background to fit your cab (JPG)

Explorer Edition:

* Kills explorer.exe at startup

* Launches BigBox

* Scans for BigBox while using almost no extra memory

* If BigBox crashes / stops unexpectedly or you close it manualy the tool wil auto. restart explorer (No keyboard needed!)/

* Customizable program background to fit your cab (JPG)

 

How to install?
this is the only time you'll need a mouse/keyboard:
- download and extract all the files in a folder of your choosing.
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- make a shortcut of Big Box Launcher.exe
- place the shortcut in your startup folder
(example: C:\Users\dennis\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\)
- launch Big Box Launcher.exe with administrator rights!
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- navigate to your Launchbox Folder and select BigBox.exe

-done :D
 

Background Customization
In the above image you can see a file: back.jpg
You can edit this file to you liking.
(warning: do not delete this file as it would still break the program. /lazy programmer)

WARNING: The links below could be blocked or flagged as a virus by web browsers and virus scanners. The author of these has assured us that it is a false positive but use your own judgement and any download and use of the these files are at your own risk.
- Lordmonkus 

Arcade Edition
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AhlbtjfHTPY_hXHU8uHGuul89Mnl

 

Explorer Edition
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AhlbtjfHTPY_hXDdjFM0u5OjeP5J


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Demo:
 



 Enjoy! 

Edited by aageon
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Any suggestions or features for the next few updates are welcome.
I will clean up more code and enhance some features as I move forward with some updates. :)

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1 minute ago, andyco47 said:

how do i get back into windows if i exit out of bigbox i just keep booting back in to bigbox.

 

at the moment only when you manually exit bigbox, just click on the program: hit ALT + F4

If there are some people interested in an alternative version without the restart I can whip one up. The restart is mainly for Arcade cabinets.

 

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6 minutes ago, lordmonkus said:

Looks like a useful program for some people.

Could you upload this to the downloads section of the forums in the Third-party Apps and Plugins section ? You manage updates that way easier as well.

http://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/category/5-third-party-apps-and-plugins/

Done, but it seems like it made another thread aswell? 

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it is for my cab but need to get to windows aswell to add game and other stuff i had to boot up in safe mode to delete the short cut in start up,so i could get back to windows.

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That's ok. Just use the other one in the downloads section for updating with newer versions and it will be easier for people to find over there. Over time this thread will get buried and forgotten about just like the bodies in my backyard.... oh wait was that out loud, forget that part about the bodies.

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17 minutes ago, andyco47 said:

it is for my cab but need to get to windows aswell to add game and other stuff i had to boot up in safe mode to delete the short cut in start up,so i could get back to windows.

I'll make an extra version that when you exit BigBox, explorer restarts and BigBox doesn't reboot :)
All my Roms and emulators are set, so I don't need windows much, but will add a version next weekend for the other people.

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You really that far out there? Must be nice the urban sprawl here in Jersey is horrendous and its still its a lovely place minus the inhabitants

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Nah, i'm not that far out there and in the middle of Toronto and Ottawa. You have to go really far north to get to dogsled territory lol.

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6 hours ago, tomahawk51 said:

I could replace my .bat script with this, so count me as interested in the quit back to explorer option!

Arcade and Explorer edition added ;) 

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Oooh, looks like I got a HTPC at just the right time for all the great stuff that is going on with LaunchBox and community created apps like this! Great work! Once I have configured everything the way I like it (probably 25 years from now :P) I will definitely use this.

I would also like to be able to exit to Windows as I will still need to do PC stuff every once in a while on it.

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1 hour ago, Charco said:

Oooh, looks like I got a HTPC at just the right time for all the great stuff that is going on with LaunchBox and community created apps like this! Great work! Once I have configured everything the way I like it (probably 25 years from now :P) I will definitely use this.

I would also like to be able to exit to Windows as I will still need to do PC stuff every once in a while on it.

Great :D ! Well the explorer edition is the correct one for you :).

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