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I'm hoping someone can help me with this issue.  I have a Windows 8.1 Pro tablet that I would like to auto logon a user and then open up Internet Explorer in kiosk mode to our home page.  I've gotten the logon to work but cannot figure out a way to launch IE 11 in kiosk mode to our home page.  I can get IE to open if I setup the app for kiosk mode and setup our home page as the default but this also gives access to the tabs and Address Bar.  If I run from a command line iexplore.exe -k www.homepage.com it works and the user does not have access to the tabs nor the address bar.  

I've tried changing the registry but Windows 8 does not like it when I change the iexplore.exe command and the machine doesn't boot into a usable interface.  

Any suggestions are appreciated.
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How are you setting this up exactly? We use the Group Policy setting: User Config\Policies\Admin Templates\System\Custom User Interface.
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This machine will not be on a domain.  Is this a local GPO?
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Initially I was thinking of Assigned Access but it is not able to hide the address bar. MS has  suggested what can be done is to create an app based on your website and then use that app. (create your own web browser Windows Store app by using the WebView class.)

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2013/10/28/how-to-setup-assigned-access-in-windows-8-1-kiosk-mode.aspx

...and eventually saw this from forum

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/6c67d219-dba9-4de8-988f-ae46b19b2ccb/windows-81-kiosk-mode?forum=w8itproinstall

The solution i went for was a domain joined machine, with machine specific GPO's applied.
Upon starting Windows, it auto-logs into a Local account, with user specific lockdown applied using local GPO (non-administrator accounts only).

Then in startup a batch script starts my desired webpage in (desktop version) IE using kiosk mode.

The only other issue I had was stopping the start button (device has a physical button) bringing up the Metro start screen. To 'fix' this, i simply killed explorer as part of my startup batch script.

It may be crude, but it works for my purpose and allows me to stick with 8.1 for this project.
Oh and to note, using this method, I was not able to have the on screen keyboard open when tapping into text fields on web pages - where in comparison this worked on Win7. Luckily, the webpage being used for this project didn't need this functionality, otherwise I would have had to revert to Win7.
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We ended up building a web app for this application.  However, in order to delete the Charm bar I was able to find an app called Suite Metro Kill that killed the charm bar and all the corner access with the mouse.  

Thank you for your help.
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