zSpace Software Configuration Guide

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This article explains the process in which zSpace, Inc performs for setting up zSpace AIO system. Some steps are listed as optional but all steps are recommended. Optional steps are marked with an asterisk(*). The steps are listed as Windows 10 but similar steps can be done for Windows 8.1.

This article is for those who need to install and configure Windows and install all other zSpace dependent hardware from scratch, not using the zSpace image. If you are restoring a zSpace, it is recommended to use the zSpace Recovery Image.

Notes about Windows 10. There are currently multiple versions of Windows 10 Pro as follows:

  • 1507 - Commonly referred to as "RTM" or Release to Manufacturing July 29th, 1015. This was the first version of Windows 10.
  • 1511 - Released November 2015.
  • 1607 - Named the Anniversary Update released August 2016.
  • 1703 - Named the Creator Update released March 2017
  • 1709 - Named the Creator Fall Update released October 2017

To setup a zSpace system from scratch, please perform the following steps.

  1. Install Windows 10 Pro and create an administrator level account called zSpace
  2. Log into the zSpace administrator account and use this account to continue with all the following steps.
  3. Install motherboard drivers for the Broadcom Bluetooth device and Realtek Audio. All drivers can be found here.
  4. Rename the Computer name to something descriptive such as a station name/number. For default, we use zSpaceAIO.
  5. Check and install all other Windows Updates.
  6. Install GPU driver.
  7. Enable Windows Features .Net Framework 3.5.
    • Right click on Windows Start button and click Programs and Features.
    • Along left column, select Turn Windows features on or off.
    • Check the box, .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0).
    • Click ok. This does require a system restart.
  8. Install zSpace System Software.
  9. Install zSpace App Manager.
  10. Install all applications listed in App Manager.
  11. Install VLC Media Player 2.2.1. VLC is available online at http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html
    • Add VLC Media Player icon to the taskbar and delete the desktop shortcut.
    • Turn off updates - go into settings - interface and under Privacy / Network Interaction uncheck Activate Updates Notifier
  12. Install Chrome Browser
    1. Add Chrome icon to the taskbar and delete the desktop shortcut
    2. Launch Chrome, when asked if you would like Chrome to be your default Web Browser, select yes.
    3. In Chrome, set the startup page to edu.zspace.com, enable bookmark toolbar and save the bookmark on the bookmark toolbar to edu.zspace.com.
  13. *Remove the Microsoft Edge icon from the taskbar.
  14. *Remove the Microsoft Store icon from the taskbar.
  15. Install Adobe Acrobat DC 10. Acrobat DC 10 can be downloaded from here.
  16. Delete the desktop icon for Acrobat.
  17. Set defaults for Acrobat, Chrome, and VLC in Windows.
    • Windows Start Menu -> Settings -> System -> Default apps -> Set defaults by app.
    • Click on Adobe Acrobat Reader DC then click the blue 'Set this program as the default' option.
    • Click on Google Chrome and then click the blue 'Set this program as default' option.
    • Click on VLC Media Player and click the blue 'Set this program as default' option.
  18. Install Apple Bonjour. Apple Bonjour can be downloaded by installing Apple Print Services for Windows 2.0.2 from here.
  19. In Windows Firewall, make sure Bonjour Service is allowed in both Private and Public configurations.
  20. *Set the Windows desktop theme.
    • Right-click the desktop and select Personalize.
    • Make sure the background type is Picture and then browse to C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\zSpace\ and select zSpace_Desktop_Wallpaper_01 and click Choose Picture button.
    • Make sure Choose a fit is set to 'Fill'.
    • Along the left panel, click on Themes and on the right panel select Theme Settings under Themes.
    • Under My Themes, click Save Theme and name it zSpace.
  21. Disable AutoPlay
    • Click on Windows Start Menu -> Settings -> System -> AutoPlay
    • Under Choose AutoPlay defaults, both Removable drive and Memory card should be set to Take no action.
  22. Turn off system tray Notifications
    • Click on Windows Start Menu -> Settings -> System -> Notifications & actions.
    • Under Quick Actions, click Select which icons appear on the taskbar.
      • Set Always show all icons in the notification tray area to off.
      • Just below that, make sure all other app notifications are also set to off.
      • Backup one level and again under Quick actions, click Turn system icons on or off.
        • Clock, Volume, and Network should be toggled on.
        • Power, Input Indicator, Location and Action Center should be toggled OFF
  23. Turn off all additional wifi connections.
    • Click on the hidden icons on the bottom right side of the taskbar and click on the networking icon.
    • Click Network Settings.
    • On the right side panel, click Manage Wi-Fi settings.
    • Set all sliders to the off positions.
    • *You may also "forget" all known networks. This should only be done if you are setting the PC up on a network which should not be used by additional users.
  24. Download TeamViewer zSpace Client from zspace.com\gethelp and place it at C:\zSpace\. This is used for zSpace support to provide remote support when requested.


At this point, this zSpace should be set up very near to how zSpace ships a new system. If you create additional user accounts on the PC, many of these custom settings will need to be done again. The zSpace actually ships with a "zSpace" administrator account and a "Student" standard user account.

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