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Creating a kiosk

Last response: in Windows 8
January 7, 2013 1:20:22 PM

I'm looking to turn a few computers into kiosks to run web apps, and web apps only. I've considered KioWare, but I'd like to see if there is a simple and free solution first. I headed over to the local group policy editor and found "run only specified Windows applications" and enabled that to only allow internet explorer, but that doesn't restrict a user from messing around within windows explorer and messing with settings, etc. Basically I want to lock down the pc and restrict everything except for a browser for a user account. Any suggestions? If nothing else, is there a cheaper solution than KioWare? Thanks!

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January 7, 2013 3:22:55 PM

Look at explorer replacements and using very limited guest accounts, etc.

Sure you could do it yourself, but what is your time worth?
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January 7, 2013 4:14:37 PM

the great randini said:
in xp and vista microsoft had a great tool called "steady state", with a dozen clicks you could lock down everything. It is not supported by win7 and up, although they do offer a few resources to ensure that you dont miss is for win 7 but will work on 8.

Windows SteadyState Reference Spreadsheet

Creating a Steady State by Using Microsoft Technologies

Group Policy Settings for Creating a Steady State

The majority of the group policy settings don't exist for the steady state equivalent, which kinda sucks.. like Scott suggested, it's a lot of work. If nothing else, I'll consider this though. Thanks so much, I had no idea this existed :) 
August 14, 2014 1:34:24 PM

Hi, it's not free but here it is anyway: InTiles at

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