#1 By: Chris Hoffman, October 11th, 2013 06:41
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/173562/how-to-easily-put-a-windows-pc-into-kiosk-mode-with-assigned-access/
Windows 8.1′s Assigned Access feature allows you to easily lock a Windows PC to a single application, such as a web browser. This feature makes it easy for anyone to configure Windows 8.1 devices as point-of-sale or other kiosk systems.
#2 By: Bob Grosh, October 11th, 2013 11:14
Wait a second!
Assigned Access is available on Windows 8.1 RT, Windows 8.1 Professional, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise. The standard edition of Windows 8.1 doesn’t support Assigned Access.Where did all these versions come from? I thought there was just RT and PRO!
Now I find out I didn't get PRO? just "standard"?
The assigned access option under my Kiosk user does not even show up as in your screen shots. So I guess I got downgraded somewhere along the line.
How about telling us how to find out which version we have and maybe where MS hides to order forms that let you choose the right version.
#3 By: David Ruhmann, October 11th, 2013 13:20
Be sure not to confuse Windows 8 with Surface Tablets.
- Surface RT with Windows 8 RT
- Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8 has
- Windows RT
- Windows 8 (Standard)
- Windows 8 Pro
- Windows 8 Enterprise (Volume Licenses)
Windows 8.1 follows the same structure as Windows 8.
Microsoft Store: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/cat/Windows/categoryID.62684800
That is just the base structure. Each version of Windows 8 also has several sub-versions for (x86, x64, OEM, N edition (European No Internet Explorer), Media Center (Pro Only), Etc...)
To find out which version you have, Open the system properties. "Control Panel\System and Security\System"
#4 By: Naman Sood, October 11th, 2013 23:53
Um... Windows 8 Professional = Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8 = Windows 8 Core/Windows 8 Standard
Windows 8 Enterprise is the version for businesses and companies.
Windows RT is the version preloaded on tablets without Intel or AMD processors.
#6 By: Justin Dunn, October 13th, 2013 20:28
This article is about a feature in Windows 8.1 that was not in Windows 8.
To my knowledge there are no PCs currently shipping with Windows 8.1 so you probably just have Windows 8 in which case when Windows 8.1 is released you will be able to upgrade to it for free.
Each version of Windows comes in different versions:
Windows XP (when released) had Home and Professional
Windows Vista has Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise and Ultimate
Windows 7 has Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate
Windows 8 has Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows RT
Windows 8.1 should have the same editions.
To check the version and edition of Windows you have go to Control Panel, select "System and Security" and select "System".
#7 By: Ulf Lundqvist, October 18th, 2013 08:46
Assigned Access only allows "Windows Store"-applications to be used in this mode :/
Btw, Does anyone know how to enable Assigned Access-accounts to take screen shots? Should be configurable...
#8 By: Alexey Zimarev, February 1st, 2014 17:24
Cool stuff but how to monitor if the application is still alive? What happens if IE or the app I decide to assign to the kiosk user would stop working? Basically, tools like SiteKiosk also have remote management and watchdog services that are necessary for kiosk machines.