Windows 10 October 2018 Update, also known as Windows 10 1809, introduced not only a nasty bug that deletes all the user data in the default folders but also some nice features and practical additions. Windows Kiosk Mode is one of those features. If you heard about it, but do not know what Windows Kiosk Mode is, or you wonder how to set up Windows Kiosk, this article is here to help you out.
What is Windows 10 Kiosk Mode?
Windows 10 is a truly universal operating system that finds its place in lots of different devices. Those are not only your traditional PCs, laptops, tablets, consoles, or back in the day smartphones. You can also find Windows 10 in IoT devices, holographic helmets, ATMs, and kiosks. A kiosk with Windows 10 is a dedicated PC where an Administrator can set up a specific app, sign, or picture to display. For example, a web browser in a hotel room or a menu in a restaurant. Anyone can access this PC, so Windows blocks all the access to any other app or OS’s corner except those defined by the Administrator. Long story short, Windows Kiosk is a special mode that allows running only one app without the need to log in. Kiosk mode apps run above the lock screen and prevent access to other parts of the system.
For your information: you cannot set up Windows Kiosk mode in Windows 10 Home. Only Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education support Windows Kiosk. Windows 10 Home is designed for home use and there is no need to set up a kiosk mode. If you want to limit your children’s PC access, Microsoft has dedicated tools for that.
Windows Kiosk Mode limitations are the following:
- You need to keep User Account Control Enabled.
- You need to use an app from Microsoft Store. It can be either UWP, PWA, or Win32.
- Windows Kiosk Mode applies only to standard local users.
Set up Windows Kiosk Mode
To set up Windows Kiosk Mode, you need to log in with the Administrator account then follow the simple instruction below.
- On your keyboard, press Win + I to open the Settings app. You can also launch it using the Start Menu or search.
- Now, hit Accounts – Family & other Users. Alternatively, use the built-in search within the Settings app to quickly find Set up a kiosk section. Use whatever you prefer.
- Click Assigned access in the Set up a kiosk. During the setup, Windows will ask you to choose an existing local account or create a new one. You can set up a new local account beforehand or during the kiosk setup procedure. Again, whatever fits you better. Just make sure it is a standard local account.
- On the next screen, press Get Started.
- The first thing you need to do is either create a new account or select an existing one. If you already have an account, press Choose an existing account and select the one from the list of available profiles.
- If you do not have an account to choose, enter the name and press Next. Windows will automatically create an account for you to run in Windows Kiosk mode.
- On the Choose a kiosk app, select a program from the list. You can choose only one app to run.
- Press Close and you are good to go.
Now your Windows Kiosk is ready. Log out of the current profile and login with a local account you have made for the kiosk. The app you have selected will start automatically with no window controls, no start menu, and other Windows control existing in a regular user account. Whenever you want to log out of the kiosk, hit Ctrl + Alt + Delete on your keyboard to log in with another account.
How to disable Windows Kiosk Mode?
You can disable Windows Kiosk mode almost in one click. Go to the same Assigned access section inside Family & other Users section. Inside the Kiosk info section, click the user you use in Windows Kiosk mode and press Remove kiosk.
How to Change the Windows Kiosk Mode App?
In the same manner as a disabling Kiosk mode. Instead of clicking on a user profile, hit the app that the kiosk is using. Press the Change kiosk app and select the new one. When you are done, log out of the current profile and go back to the kiosk.
If you select Microsoft Edge as the preferred app for use in Windows Kiosk mode, setup process will ask you for some additional features to set.
- Kiosk mode – digital sign or a public browser. The first option does not allow users browse any other page except the one you set up. The second will allow using kiosk as a browser machine for any website, but with some limitation comparing to a regular browser.
- Home page and timeout. If you choose to use Microsoft Edge in Windows Kiosk mode, you need to specify a home page URL. Microsoft Edge will be opening it every time someone is logging. The second option defines the timeout. After the specified period Edge restarts itself.
Any time you can change these settings in Set up Microsoft Edge section.