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Change Kiosk App in Windows 10

Assigned Access is a feature of Windows 10 which implements Kiosk mode for the selected user account. If you create such Kiosk for the specified user account on your PC, that user will be forced to interact with a single app without the risk of compromising the system. Here is how to change the app assigned to your Kiosk.

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You can use assigned access to restrict users to using only one Windows app so the device acts like a kiosk. A kiosk device typically runs a single app, and users are prevented from accessing any features or functions on the device outside of the kiosk app. Administrators can use assigned access to restrict a selected user account to access a single Windows app. You can choose almost any Windows app for assigned access.

Here are some notes.

  • Windows apps must be provisioned or installed for the assigned access account before they can be selected as the assigned access app.
  • Updating a Windows app can sometimes change the Application User Model ID (AUMID) of the app. If this happens, you must update the assigned access settings to launch the updated app, because assigned access uses the AUMID to determine which app to launch.
  • Apps that are generated using the Desktop App Converter (Desktop Bridge) cannot be used as kiosk apps.
  • Avoid selecting Windows apps that are designed to launch other apps as part of their core functionality.
  • In Windows 10, version 1803, you can install the Kiosk Browser app from Microsoft to use as your kiosk app. For digital signage scenarios, you can configure Kiosk Browser to navigate to a URL and show only that content -- no navigation buttons, no address bar, etc.

Starting in Windows 10 version 1709, it is possible to create kiosks that run multiple apps.

To change the Kiosk app in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Configure the Assigned Access feature if required.
  2. Now, open the Settings app. Windows 10 Creators Update Settings 15019
  3. Go to Accounts -> Family & other users.
  4. Click on the button Assigned access on the right under Setup a kiosk.Windows 10 Assigned Access Button
  5. On the next page, click on the app name that is assigned to your kiosk, then click on the Change kiosk app button.Windows 10 Change Kiosk App Button
  6. Select a new app for your Kiosk.Windows 10 Select New App For Kiosk

Note: If you selected Microsoft Edge as your kiosk app, you will need to configure a number of extra options. In the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft added Microsoft Edge kiosk mode which works with assigned access, locking down a Windows 10 device to only run a single application or multiple applications. It also prevents access to the file system and running executables or other apps from Microsoft Edge.

Windows 10 Edge For Kiosk

Microsoft Edge kiosk mode supports four configurations types. For example, you can configure Microsoft Edge to load only a single URL in full-screen mode when you configure digital/interactive signage on a single-app kiosk device. For more information, see the following document.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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