How to Set Up a Kiosk on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to set up a kiosk on Windows 11. Windows allows users to set up a kiosk system to use as a public terminal or to display public announcement or other information.

A single-app kiosk uses the Assigned Access feature to run a single app above the lock screen. When the kiosk account signs in, the app is launched automatically. The person using the kiosk cannot do anything on the device outside of the kiosk app.

In order to set up a kiosk in Windows, User account control (UAC) must be turned on to enable kiosk mode. Also, the kiosk account or user must sign in on the physical device, as remote desktop is not allowed.

The kiosk account must also be a limited or standard user account, and not an administrator.

Below we’ll show you how to configure a Windows 11 machine as kiosk.

How to turn on kiosk mode Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows allows users to set up a kiosk system to use as a public terminal or to display public announcement or other information.

When you set up a kiosk (also known as assigned access) in Settings for Windows client, you create the kiosk user account at the same time or use an existing account.

To set up assigned access in PC settings:

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its Settings app.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Accounts> Family & other users tile to expand it.

On the Family & other users settings pane, under Set up a kiosk, click the Get started button to begin.

On the pop up window, type in an account name. By default, Kiosk is used, then click Next.

If you have a standard user already created, you’ll have an option to choose an existing user on the Create an account window below.

Choose an existing standard or limited account if you have already created a kiosk user.

On the next window, choose an app you want to use in kiosk mode when Windows starts.

If you selected Microsoft Edge, then you’re given two options on how to use the app:

  • As a digital sign or interactive display: Good to display information. Browser will open in full screen.
  • As a public browser: Good for public browser where user will use the browser in a public setting.

On the next screen, type in the default home page or start start page when the browser opens.

The option is to restart the browser if someone has used if for a set amount of time. This helps keep data safe in a public browsing session.

Click the Next button and complete the setup.

You are done. You can now close the Settings app. Restart your computer to test.

Once the Kiosk user logs in, Microsoft Edge browser will start up and automatically take over the display. User will not be able to carry out any other function while logged in.

That should do it!


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