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Manage Windows kiosks

Last updated July 26th, 2023

Knox Manage implements the native kiosk functionality in Windows 10/11 to provide deployment and provisioning of your Windows devices as kiosks.

Windows kiosks are split between two types — single-app and multi-app. Single-app kiosks continuously run one app in full screen, while multi-app kiosks offer a selection of apps that the device user can choose from. Here’s a detailed feature breakdown between the two:

Single-app Windows kiosk Multi-app Windows kiosk
Supported platforms Windows 10/11

Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education

Non-admin account

Supported app types

Microsoft Edge 1 or Kiosk Browse

Microsoft Store (UWP) apps

Kiosk Browse

Microsoft Store (UWP) apps

Win32 apps

User entry point Session welcome screen App grid
User interface Single web browser or app Desktop with taskbar
Login Automatic Automatic
Access to Downloads directory No Yes

1 Requires Windows 10 version 1809 or higher.

Single-app kiosk interface

A single-app Windows kiosk provides a full-screen interface of either a web browser or an app, with no multi-tasking capability. Here’s an example of a single-app kiosk interface using Microsoft Edge:

The user-facing interface of a single-app kiosk that uses Microsoft Edge as its main app.

Multi-app kiosk interface

A multi-app kiosk offers a desktop-like interface, with a curated selection of apps, multi-tasking capability, and a taskbar:

The user-facing interface of a multi-app kiosk. A desktop with a taskbar, similar to Windows 10's default desktop, is presented.

Kiosk use cases and experiences

There are four kiosk experiences for your device users that you can choose from, depending on the use case:

Example use case Core experience Scope
Public browsing terminal Session-based web browser Web browser only, with unrestricted browsing.
Employee inventory management terminal App Single Microsoft Store (UWP) app.
Public price check terminal Session-based web browser Web browser only, with access to approved web pages only.
Sign Persistent web browser Web browser only, restricted to one web page and with user interaction blocked.

When the core experience is a web browser, you can choose between two browsers:

  1. Microsoft Edge Browser with two InPrivate browsing modes available:

    • Public Browsing Mode — An unrestricted browsing mode where most web browser features are available. The user can end the session, which clears the browsing data.
    • Digital/Interactive Signage Mode — A non-browsing mode limited to one web page where the user can’t exit the session.
  2. Microsoft’s Kiosk Browser2 which provides a standard browsing experience, customization of the browser buttons, and the option of restricting web page access to specific sites.

2 Not to be confused with the Knox Manage Kiosk Browser.

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