Client Machine Setup for Arena


This section explains the steps needed to install the Arena (formerly Haze) Client on the client machines. The Haze installer can be downloaded at


Client machines (VR Backpacks/Streaming PCs)

To install the launcher client application, run the installer on each client machine and choose ‘Client (VR Backpack/Streaming PC)’ in the ‘Select Components’ part of the installation. The Haze Client application is configured to launch automatically when starting up the machine.


Installing a client machine

This section specifies how to install a client machine. Installing this way provides you with a clean install, without any unnecessary programs running in the background. It sets no password so Windows automatically boots to the desktop, but changes a group policy setting so it can still be accessed via Remote Desktop.

Windows Installation
- Use clientx as user name (changing x to a number, e.g., 'client1')
- Disconnect network cable
- Skip connecting with internet
- Select United States country with English language, US keyboard, and your time zone
- Click customize and disable everything
- Skip Cortana
- Don't enter a password

Group policy (only available on Pro editions of Windows and higher)
- Open Local Group Policy Editor (search for 'group policy' in start)
- Disable: Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/Local Policies/Security Options/Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only
- Disable: Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Network/Windows Connection Manager/Prohibit connection to non-domain networks when connected to domain authenticated network
- Disable: Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Network/Windows Connection Manager/Minimize the number of simultaneous connections to the Internet or a Windows Domain
- Go to Administrative Templates/All Settings
- Enable: Turn off Windows Defender
- Enable: Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage
- Enable: Do not display the lock screen
- Enable: Do not display the Getting Started welcome screen at logon
- Disable: Configure Automatic Updates
- Disable: Allow Cortana

- Set the UAC slider all the way down to 'Never notify' (search for 'uac' in start)
- Go to 'Edit power plan' (search for 'power plan' in start)
- Click 'Change advanced power options'
- Edit power plan settings to never sleep or turn off anything, set minimum processor state on battery to 100%, set low battery level to 2%, critical battery level to 1%, reserve battery level to 1%
- Disable 'Microsoft OneDrive Setup' and 'Windows Security notification icon' startup (search for 'startup apps' in start)
- Allow remote desktop (search for 'Allow remote access to your computer' in start)
- Disable window animations and background (search for 'Turn Windows animations on or off' in start)
- Disable Occasionally show suggestions in Start (search for 'start' in start for Start Settings)
- Enable file sharing (search for homegroup in start)
- Right click taskbar -> Search -> Hidden
- Right click taskbar -> Disable 'Show task view button'
- Remove all quick start buttons in start menu (right click on each/return)
- Explorer window -> View -> Enable 'File Name Extensions' and 'Hidden items'
- Explorer window -> View -> Options -> Change 'Open File Explorer to' to 'This PC'
- Rename PC (search for 'computer name' in start). Rename to the same name as the username of the PC, which you entered during the installation of Windows (clientx, changing x to a number, e.g., 'client1'). If you forgot which name you entered, you can see the name by opening a file explorer window, navigating to C:\Users and examining the names of the directories.
- Restart the PC
- Connect Wifi

- Install video card drivers (don't install GeForce experience)

For OpenVR
- Install Steam:
- Install SteamVR:
- Disable 'Enable VR Dashboard' in SteamVR settings -> Developer
- Enable 'Enable headset while computer is locked' in SteamVR settings -> General
- Disable 'Use SteamVR Home' in SteamVR settings -> General
- Create desktop shortcut to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR\bin\win64\vrmonitor.exe

For Oculus HMD
- Install Oculus

For Optitrack
- Disable firewall or OptiTrack server can sometimes not send frames

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