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I have a customer that is needing to have a public computer available for guests. They will be printing and surfing the internet. I am trying to find a good kiosk program to use to help restrict the guests from wrong things that screw up the computer for others. This computer will be on a separate VLAN than the rest of the office.

 

Anyone have any good recommendations on a good kiosk software?

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DeepFreeze works rather well, and is pretty easy to set up.

 

When you "freeze" the machine, it essentially takes a snapshot, and when the machine is rebooted it reverts back to that snapshot, removing any changes that the user(s) may have made in the interim. (the issue with this is that if there is a virus that is deep freeze aware, it will infect the system permanently, which then would have to be reimaged)

 

http://www.deepfreeze.com

 

Out in the interwebs, people just suggest a good anti virus and UAC, but you could also look into local group policy and see if it meets your clients needs.

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+1 for DeepFreeze it works great I use it on quite a few machines here and saves so much time!

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I have used deep freeze before, but I was thinking of a software interface that would auto run when Windows boots and the user would only have the option to run programs that are listed and restrict access to other parts of Windows. What they can't even see they can't break.

 

I will keep Deep Freeze in mind though as an alternative. That just might be the way to go.

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I have used deep freeze before, but I was thinking of a software interface that would auto run when Windows boots and the user would only have the option to run programs that are listed and restrict access to other parts of Windows. What they can't even see they can't break.

I will keep Deep Freeze in mind though as an alternative. That just might be the way to go.

group policy mixed with a good active anti virus with a application blocker (such as kaspersky) and UAC seems like your best bet. you can absolutely restrict access to most things in the OS with gp.

that plus something like rollbackrx would make a good kiosk

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I have used deep freeze before, but I was thinking of a software interface that would auto run when Windows boots and the user would only have the option to run programs that are listed and restrict access to other parts of Windows. What they can't even see they can't break.

 

I will keep Deep Freeze in mind though as an alternative. That just might be the way to go.

 

What you are looking for then is kiosk software from kioware: http://www.kioware.com/

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What is the target OS?

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Windows 7 Pro is what the PC will have.

 

KioWare sounds like what I am thinking of. I will check that out. Thanks!

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Used Internet Kiosk Pro a number of times in the past - http://www.emailarms.com/products/internet_kiosk.html

 

Does this software still show Windows and just have restrictions or does it have its own user interface? I can't tell from their pictures as it seems to only show the admin setting screens.

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Does this software still show Windows and just have restrictions or does it have its own user interface? I can't tell from their pictures as it seems to only show the admin setting screens.

 

It is its own desktop environment. So you can have a desktop with shortcuts to the apps you want them to be able to use, ie internet browser. They can only interact with what they can see.

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