Turning windows 7 into a kiosk

Posted on 2011-02-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am trying to lock down a couple of windows 7 machines for an upcoming expo to show off some products. Can you try to help me find a solution? (preferably free because its only going to be used once)

I need it to play a couple of movie (avi,mpg ect.)files in windows movie player and I need it to open a couple of PDF's in reader.

The movie files will be in product folders that will also house the pdf's.
I would like to prevent but not all is necessary:
Right click
File browsing (outside of desktop)
task manager
all applications except ones mentioned
writing to anywhere
As much of the task bar as possible as well as the start menu

Thank you
Question by:bullhog
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You create a separate, non administrator account, and go through and remove allot of the access.

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ccns earned 334 total points
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create an administrator account.
gpedit.msc export current settings
lock down right click etc. once the expo has finished import old GPO settings.

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ccns earned 334 total points
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under user account > windows settings and administrative settings there is alot you can lock down look at what you require but becareful once done you can only undo with local admin. :)

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racastillojr earned 166 total points
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Maybe setting up an account with parental controls would be the easiest way to lock down some of them features you want to block. You can find it in the control panel.
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Have you tried using Windows Embedded Standard 7? You can download a trial from Microsoft's website. It allows you to customize exactly what you need by using templates.
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I know when I did this in xp, you cannot fully get rid of the taskbar. I had to use a new shell that gave me more custom options. Is that still the same case in win7? If so can anybody recommend a new shell to replace explorer with?

Also, for some reason... i was worried that if I set all these settings in local policy it would apply for all users on the computer. I need it to have at least one user that can work normally just in case.


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One of the Embedded templates doesn't use the taskbar at all.

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I ended up just going through a lot of things in the local policy. I also made a really simple .bat to turn on and off the policies to allow our users to change something while I am not there. I couldnt get rid of the task bar but I guess it isn't that big of a deal breaker.

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