Kiosk Computers

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 31 Jan. 2006 / Last Updated on 31 Jan. 2006]

How to set up a computer as a kiosk for web browsing.

A kiosk computer is a computer that's in a public place and is used for limited purposes such as browsing the web and checking webmail. You can easily set up a simple kiosk computer by doing the following:

Open Registry editor and navigate to the following key:

   HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Change the value of Shell from



   "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -k

Now restart your machine and log on and Internet Explorer will automatically open in Kiosk (full screen) mode, with no Start Menu visible. Now normally if you switch IE to kiosk mode using the F11 function key, you can simply press F11 again to return IE to normal mode. But if the Windows shell is changed from Windows Explorer to Internet Explorer using the registry tweak above, pressing the F11 key doesn't bring IE out of kiosk mode.

Mitch Tulloch

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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