Using Windows 8.1 in Kiosk Mode
December 26, 2013 Leave a comment
Although there were ways of creating a kiosk account in previous editions of Windows, Windows 8.1 makes things a bit easier.
If you recall, a kiosk is generally a self service account such as giving Internet access but no access to install an application, print, etc. The account can access one or more applications [of the administrator’s choosing], but nothing else.
The only issue in Windows 8.1 is that the application must be a “modern” application since the kiosk user will only have access to the tile menu.
- First we need to create an account by going to Charms. Select Settings, then Change PC Settings and then Accounts. Select Other Accounts > Add an account.
- When adding an account select Sign In without a Microsoft account.
- In the Add a user screen, select Local account.
- Note: You will need Microsoft ID account to access the online store to load the required application unless the application is already install for all users.
- Create the local user account with a good password and click on the Next button. Once the account has been created, click on the Finish button.
- Return to the Manage other account screen, log out of your account and log back in using the kiosk user account that you just created.
- Install any required applications for the kiosk user account. Once the task has completed, sign out of the kiosk user account and log back in as your administrator account.
- Return back to Charms. Select Settings, then Change PC Settings and then Accounts. Then select Other accounts and select Set up an account for assigned access.
- Select Choose an account. One the kiosk user account is chosen, select Choose an app. Once the application is chosen, you can then log back out of the current account and log back in under the kiosk user account to test.