Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Assigned Access

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Assigned Access

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Hello again Askperf!  Today we are going to quickly highlight the new Assigned Access feature in Windows 8.1.  Formally known as Kiosk Mode, Assigned Access is designed to restrict a standard user access to a single application. This feature works well for the corporate admin or parent that would like to prevent users from having full access to a given machine.  Once configured, Assigned Access will prevent the user from other apps, computer controls, or other computer settings.

To enable this feature access the Settings Charm and select Change PC settings.  Under the Accounts page you will want to access “Other Accounts” and you will see the option to add an account or “set up an account for assigned access”




There you have it.  The next time the user logs in he or she will have a full screen of the application specified.  It is important to note that you can only assign one Windows Store app per user.  To sign out the user will quickly press the Windows log key five times.


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  • Hi, Jerry. Have you noticed that if you set another Browser like Chrome or Aurora (from Firefox) using PowerShell without setting it as default first from the standard user, Windows will log off every time you try to log in?

    I have all the info and proves, but I don't know how to show to someone who cares about this issue.

  • Hi, Jerry.

    You assign to a user IE.

    If You brows pdf file from net, you can view with Reader.

    If You assign to a user IE, browse something what OS need to open with application like Word, Excel, ... the OS start to run that program, open the file, and run in background, but user can't view that application. The ALT+TAB show running applications, but very quickly switch back to IE. User can't choose it. It's normal?

    If user can't access other programs (like Word), why open this application?

    If open pdf with reader and can use it, why open docx with Word and cant use it?



  • Hi, Jerry. I could not find this feature on windows server 2012 (AWS), Any help? Thanks,

  • Sergio,
    I am having the same problem any fix?