Configure or Disable Kiosk Mode in Home windows 10

Assigned Access (or Kiosk Mode) in Windows 10 is a feature that allows administrators to limit the use of a particular computer to a few purposes by turning it into a kiosk device. Typically, for example, you will see the kiosks at airports or PCs that are used to display digital signage.

Windows 10 is not the first Microsoft operating system to feature kiosk mode. However, Microsoft redesigned the feature in 2018 to make the configuration much more user-friendly. How to use it.

Lay the groundwork for kiosk mode

Once you've configured kiosk mode on your Windows 10 PC, it will always automatically log into a user account with restricted access and only run one app at a time. No one with access to the device can view, multitask, or change anything on the desktop. You can restrict a guest user's access to one or more Universal Windows Provisioning (UWP) apps and block their access to everything else on the computer.

Before you start setting up kiosk mode on your PC, you should check that your PC meets the requirements for setting up kiosk mode. If so, make sure you have the necessary settings in the correct order so that you won't have a problem configuring kiosk mode on Windows 10.

1. Find out which version of Windows you have

Windows kiosk mode is not available in Windows 10 Home Edition. To set up kiosk mode, your computer must be running Windows 10 Pro (v1709 or higher), Enterprise, or Education. So check beforehand which version of Windows 10 you are using.

Related: Every single version of Windows 10 you need to know

2. Create a user account for kiosk mode

You cannot set up kiosk mode for an administrator account. If you don't already have one, you will need to create a new standard user account so that you can configure kiosk mode for that account. Make sure you can create a standard user account before you start configuring kiosk mode.

3. Verify that your selected apps can run in kiosk mode

You need to determine the app (s) you want to deploy in kiosk mode. You can only allow UWP apps (including Metro style apps).

How to enable and configure kiosk mode

The process of configuring kiosk mode is not complex. All you have to do is set up a standard user account, select the app (s) and add the appropriate settings for them.

1. Create a user account

Start with Ctrl + I to start and close the Settings app. to go Accounts > Family and other users. In the right pane, click Add someone else to this PC.

When asked for an email address or phone number for the person to sign in, just click I don't have that person's credentials. and click Next. You now need to create a local user account for your PC. Just enter a name and password (or leave the password blank if you'd like them to sign in automatically).

2. Set up kiosk mode

After creating the account, go back to Settings> Accounts> Family & Other Users. Now click on Assigned access to configure kiosk mode on your PC. You now need to select a user account (select the one you just created).

You will see a list of apps from which to choose your kiosk app. Just select the app you want and click Next.

Depending on the app you choose, you may need to enter a few more details. Just fill in the details you see along the way. When done, restart the PC and select the guest user account you created earlier to log in.

How to disable kiosk mode in Windows 10

To turn off kiosk mode, go back to the Settings app and navigate to Accounts > Family and other users. Click on Assigned access. On the next screen, select the kiosk you set up under Kiosk info Section and click on the Remove kiosk Button.

Alternatively, you can simply delete the user account for which you have activated kiosk mode. To delete this account you need to use two commands.

Press Profit + r, Type cmd, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to launch an elevated command prompt. First, run the following command:

Internet users

This will give you a list of all the user accounts on your system. Identify the one you created to enable kiosk mode. Next, run the following command:

net user "username" / delete

Of course, replace the word username with the actual name of the user account. This command deletes the user from your system.

Potential problems with kiosk mode

While kiosk mode is a handy way to set up a one-app computer for public use, problems can sometimes arise.

1. Freeze

You're still using a PC with Windows 10 that occasionally freezes. If you're in Kiosk mode and your screen freezes, just press Ctrl + Alt + Del and log out of the standard user account. Sign in again and see if that solves the problem. If not, restart your PC.

2. Unauthorized actions

If your kiosk is in a public place, someone could just shut down your PC unless you stand guard for the entire duration of the kiosk. However, the workaround for this problem is to tweak your power settings.

Go to Control Panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound> Power Options. click on the Choose what the power buttons do Option from the left pane and select Do nothing for the When I press the power button Opportunity.

3. Kiosk user account not visible

If you don't see your kiosk account in the Settings app that you created it from, don't be alarmed. It's usually still there even when it's not visible. You can of course check its existence using the command prompt. Just use the Internet users Command to get a list of the user accounts on the PC and you should find in the list the default user account you created for kiosk mode.

Enjoy Singularity on your PC

Kiosk mode is a great way to turn an old laptop into a jukebox or something more valuable for others without giving them access to your personal files. However, if you're trying to just restrict access to other users instead of restricting them to one or more apps, there is a better way.

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Arjun is a trained accountant and loves researching technology. He likes to use technology to make everyday tasks easier and often a lot more fun.

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