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How can I lock my computer down into a kind of "Kiosk Mode"?

Posted on 2009-05-09
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I am trying to lock down a workstation in a workgroup environment that runs a Point of Sale Retail software program.  What I'd like to have happen is this:

When a POS user logs on, the computer logs onto Windows, starts the software (which runs in full screen mode), and disallows the user to access the desktop, start menu, any controls, etc.  However, I would like the ability to override that control for administrative access.

Anyone have any good ideas, or am i just going ot have to slog through Group Policy Editor until I can combine enough polices to do what I want?  Any security templates out there that seem appropriate?

Thanks in advance.
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an idea here , is to modify registry to set shell=yoursoftware.exe instead of explorer.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Shell=explorer.exe
replace explorer.exe with your executable, please backup the key first 
you can edit the registry to block Task manager & regedit 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
add thebelow two  Dword values 
DisableTaskMgr
DisableRegistryTools
set their values to 1 to disable TM,& registry editing  or 0 to enable them.
the same can be applied for registry editing tools , this time theDword value is
of course you will need to test the above scenarios carefully before promoting it to a production environment.
hope this helps.


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by:Danny Child
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Check out Windows tool for Steady State - tutorial here:
http://lifehacker.com/397786/kid+proof-your-pc-with-steadystate

hth, Danny
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