How to Put Windows XP in Kiosk Mode

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How to Put Windows XP in Kiosk Mode
Kiosk mode in Windows XP offers webpage access only. (computer technology image by Raimundas from

If you have a computer running Windows XP and you want to put the system in kiosk mode, it is an easy procedure. Kiosk mode will allow you to access web pages only. The web page will appear full screen, without any features such as the toolbars, menus, title bars or status bar.

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  1. 1

    Go to your "Start" menu with your mouse and click in on. Select the "Run" option. Type "Regedit" without the quotes in the dialogue back and hit your Enter key.

  2. 2

    Scroll down until your find the registry key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon." Look at the right-hand side of the menu and click on the option "Shell."

  3. 3

    Read the dialogue box that loads. Under "Value Data" it should read "Explorer.exe." Delete this, type in "iexplore -k" and select "OK."

  4. 4

    Restart your computer by going to the "Start Menu" and selecting "Turn Off Computer" then click on "Restart" and your computer will reboot into Kiosk Mode.

Tips and warnings

  • When editing registry keys, you should take care to only change the exact keys specified. If you make a mistake and cannot recall which key you changed, you could damage your operating system and have to completely reinstall it.

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