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How to Set up Kiosk Mode: Windows 10 and 11

By ·Categories: Tech Explained·Published On: December 19th, 2022·3.8 min read·

Kiosk mode allows you to set an app to launch automatically during sign-in on your compatible device of choice. When kiosk mode is enabled, users are not able to interact with anything on the device outside of the app you set up. This is particularly appealing for embedded and industrial devices to help limit access outside the target application and reduce security concerns.

In this guide, we’ll go through how to set up single-app kiosk mode for Windows 10 and 11. You can also check out our customer story to see how ADUSA used an OnLogic computer for their Kiosk solution and subscribe to our email communications.

How to set up single-app kiosk: Windows 10 and 11

Setting up kiosk mode for Windows 10 and 11 devices is quick and easy, but before you can get started, you’ll first need to turn on UAC (user account control). It’s also important to note that you cannot use remote desktop connection with kiosk mode.

Let’s walk through the steps of setting up single-app kiosk mode in local settings.

For newer versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11

To set up kiosk mode for Windows 10 versions 1809+ and Windows 11, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key and select the settings icon.
  2. Select Accounts, and Family & other users (also sometimes labeled as “Other users”).
    • If you do not see either of these options listed, you may be logged into a standard user account. In this case, you will need to log into the administrator account to see this option.
  3. Under Set up a kiosk, click on Assigned access and select Get started.
  4. From there, you will be prompted to set up an account.
    • For this, you will need to enter a name for the account. If you have any pre-existing local standard user accounts set up on the device, “Choose an existing account” will be displayed.
  5. Choose an app you want kiosk mode to run.
  6. Click Next, and Close.

Once you have successfully completed your account setup, you will be able to use your device as a kiosk. To enable kiosk mode, you will need to sign into the account you just created or set up an account to auto-login. When you sign in, the app you selected to run will automatically start up. To exit the app, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

For earlier Windows 10 versions

To set up kiosk mode on devices that run on Windows 10 versions 1803 and earlier, you need to have a standard local user account already set up. If you already have a standard local user account set up, you can skip this step and go directly to Setting up kiosk mode below.

How to set up a local user account

To set up a local user account in Windows 10 version 1803 and earlier:

  1. Press the Windows key or icon and select Settings. In Settings, select Account, then Family and other users.
  2. Click on Add someone else to this PC.
  3. Select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information. Then click on Add a user without a Microsoft account.
  4. Enter a username and password, then click Next.

In order to use kiosk mode, you will need to change the account type to an administrator account:

  1. First, go back to Settings. Then select Accounts and click on Family and other users.
  2. Select the account you just created. You should see the phrase “Local account” underneath the account name.
  3. Click on Change account type. Select Account type, then select Administrator. Click OK.

You will then be able to sign into the administrator account.

Setting up kiosk mode

Once you have a standard local user account set up or if you have an existing account, you can then follow these steps to set up kiosk mode:

  1. Press the Windows key, then select Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts, then select Other people.
  3. Click on Set up assigned access and choose an account. Then choose an app you want to run.
  4. Close settings.

The next time you log into this account, kiosk mode will automatically run. To exit the app, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

Your OnLogic kiosk solution

A photo of the CL210G-10 by OnLogic

OnLogic is here to help with your kiosk solution. Our small form factor computers like the CL200 series and the Helix 500 are designed to support displays that don’t have built-in computing. For options that combine computing with a touchscreen, you can also check out our line of panel PCs

If you have any questions about how to set up kiosk mode on your device or the products we offer, reach out to our technical team today!

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About the Author: Claireice Mathai

Claireice Mathai is a content creator for OnLogic. When not writing, she enjoys playing piano and guitar.