Microsoft’s Windows 10 has quite a few amazing features, most of which are overrated. However, this is one underrated feature available by default on your Windows 10 operating system, which is not very popular. That feature is the Kiosk Mode on Windows 10, which converts your machine into a Kiosk, and the users are only able to use a single predetermined application.
A PC converted to a Kiosk device can run only a specified task, which has to be an app from the Microsoft Store. All other access, settings, and even the desktop are disabled. This feature is useful in-service centers, where you have to register and assign a ticket to the customers, or in the waiting lobby where the guest can surf the internet. It can also be used to run a particular game if you are hosting a party at your home without the risk of kids accessing your computer.
Steps To Enable Kiosk Mode On Windows 10
The following steps will enable you to run one app in full screen while disabling all other features of Windows 10:
Step 1. Open the Settings window by pressing the two keys together, Windows + I on your keyboard.
Step 2. Click on Accounts from the various setting options.
Step 3. Locate Other Users on the list of options displayed on the left, and click on it.
Step 4. From the options on the right side, click on Assigned Access under Set up a kiosk.
Step 5. Click on Get Started.
Step 6. In the New window that pop-ups, you will be prompted to add a name. Type in a name, and click on Next.
Step 7. The next step would be to choose an app from the list displayed. Click Next after you have made your selection.
Note: Only the apps installed from the Microsoft Store would be displayed. You will not be able to set any third-party app as a standalone app in Kiosk Mode.
Step 8. Click on Close, and you are all done as the Kiosk Mode in Windows 10 has been enabled.
Step 9. To experience the Windows 10 Kiosk Mode, you need to restart your computer.
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Some Important Facts About The Windows 10 Kiosk Mode
Other uses of a Kiosk Mode on Windows 10 can be to set up a jukebox or you can install a streaming app to make it a streaming device. The Kiosk Mode would greatly reduce the Malware Infections, Corruption of System Files, other Windows Errors and most importantly reduce the CPU usage as the PC is dedicated to using a single app. Some features to keep in mind before you enable the Kiosk Mode are:
- The Windows 10 Kiosk Mode can support only one application at one time.
- The Application must be installed from the Microsoft Store.
- Once the Kiosk Mode has been enabled in your Windows 10 PC, it will always boot into the Kiosk Mode as its first priority.
- To exit the Kiosk Mode while it is running, press CTRL + ALT + DEL. You will be redirected to a login screen where you can sign in using your username and password.
- Once you sign in using your credentials, your normal Windows 10 will load up.
Note: It takes considerable time to load into the kiosk mode, the first time you enable it. After that, it is quick as your normal account.
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Steps To Disable Kiosk Mode In Windows 10
If you want to disable the Kiosk mode in Windows 10, then you can follow the below-mentioned steps:
- Access the Windows settings.
- Open the Account Settings.
- Click on Other Users on the left, and Assigned Access on the right.
- You will see your Kiosk account information instead of the Get Started Button.
- Click on your Kiosk Account Name, and then click on Remove Account.
- This will disable the Windows 10 Kiosk Account from your system.
- Your system will now boot into your primary account.
Note: If you want to change the predetermined application you have set up in the Windows 10 Kiosk Mode, then you must follow the above steps and click on the application name instead of the account name. This will open the list of applications and allow you to select another app instead.
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Your Thoughts On Kiosk Mode In Windows 10
As I mentioned earlier, the Windows 10 Kiosk Mode is an understated feature, which can be used to great benefits. There are countless uses of such a feature, however, it depends on the need of the user. One major drawback of the Kiosk Mode on Windows 10 is that it allows the user to set one application only. An administrator must have the option to set at least three applications in the Kiosk Mode and the users can then choose through them.