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    Hi I am trying to look into setting up a number of standalone kiosk type PCs using Windows 7 pro. The computers have been bought by a local charity to put advice screens into community centres so budgets are very limited.
    I need the pc to only allow access to a specific webpage and skype to be available when the machine is logged on as a specific user. No other applications or access to anything else as they are to be open to public unattended use.
    I have looked at various kiosk software packages but all are too expensive.
    Someone has suggested I could just use a local group policy to set this up. Is that possible on a standalone pc?
    Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

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    Re: set up a kiosk in windows 7

    Local group policy should work - you may want to investigate programs like DeepFreeze to revert the machine to a known state everytime it boots ($ involved, but IIRC not lots of $$$)
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      Re: set up a kiosk in windows 7

      OK I've looked at group policy, can someone give me some idea of how to go about doing this please. I need a logged on user to be able to access Skype and a specific website in a browser, and nothung else.
      I've created a user called kiosk and an MMC called kioskrules but I'm not sure what settings I need to put into the MMC.
      Can anyone help please

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        Re: set up a kiosk in windows 7

        Hi, here are a few things to consider.
        Windows 8 has a kiosk mode that I've heard some really good things about.
        Enable Kiosk Mode in Windows 8.1
        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/hyperyash/ar...ndows-8-1.aspx

        How to use group policy to block url's
        http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/07/h...or-block-urls/

        Building Public Kiosk Workstations with Windows 7 and #Windows8
        http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmaye...x#.UzwzQPldV0s
        http://jaredheinrichs.com/how-to-tur...o-a-kiosk.html

        This is a paid option but meant to be quite effective.
        http://www.kioware.com/productoverview.aspx
        Another is called DeepFreeze
        Last edited by uk_network; 19th January 2015, 01:00.
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        • #5
          Re: set up a kiosk in windows 7

          Originally posted by uk_network View Post
          Hi, here are a few things to consider.
          Windows 8 has a kiosk mode that I've heard some really good things about.
          Enable Kiosk Mode in Windows 8.1
          http://blogs.msdn.com/b/hyperyash/ar...ndows-8-1.aspx
          Hi Thanks for this answer, I'll look into the links you provided.
          Regarding Windows 8 in kiosk mode, I have already investigated that and while it looks good, the problem is that it will only allow one app to run and I need it to run a browser and also skype.
          I have also noted in the Microsoft small print that even though it is possible to do, they don't recommend setting a web browser as the dedicated app as it requires additional permissions and therefore may present a security loophole.

          Thanks for the links' I'll have a look now.

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