Recently I had case where a we had to deploy computers that required Kiosk mode. Trouble was, I couldn’t run Windows Kiosk mode for the auto start of the application I wanted the Kiosk users to operate.

I discovered these registry settings to allow me to functionally create a Kiosk environment.

These registry edits will result in the following:

• Any time the user logs into this computer. The chosen application will launch.
• The taskbar will be hidden
• Ctrl+Alt+Del wont work once the user is logged in (If you opt in for that registry edit.)
• The user will login automatically when the computer turns on (If you opt in for that registry edit.)

First enter Registry Editor:
Hotkey: Win+R

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19  # Add startup application: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] "Shell"="C:\\full\\path\\to\\your\\application.exe>" # Autologin for kiosk user (Optional): [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon] "AutoAdminLogon"="1" "ForceAutoLogon"="1" "DefaultUserName"="kiosk" "DefaultDomainName"="place here pc hostname>" "DefaultPassword"="" # If you need to disable Ctrl+Alt+Del Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System ## the registry key "System" may not exist. In that situation just create a new key called System. "DisableTaskMgr "="1"

I also suggest downgrading that user to a “Standard User” so they can’t make changes to the computer without admin privileges.

Using these simple Registry settings you will be up and running with a Kiosk that runs any application you need as well as locking down the interface of the Windows 10 computer.

Ashley Mann-Thomas Contributor

Ashley is an ICT Systems Engineer and Manager based in Melbourne with a passion for sharing experiences.