How To Disable The Windows Charms Bar on Your Kiosk

If you operate a self-service kiosk or unattended payment terminal running Windows 8 with a touchscreen then you’ve probably noticed that pesky Windows charms bar that pops up all the time.

This cute looking charms bar is a huge security vulnerability since it allows users to navigate away from your kiosk application and tamper with the operating system.

Fortunately, disabling the Windows charms bar can be easily achieved with kiosk software.

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How Does Kiosk Software Disable the Windows Charms Bar?

We disable the Windows charms bar in KioskSimple by replacing the Windows shell with the secure KioskSimple shell which is specifically designed for operating in a touchscreen environment where protecting customer data is a must.

Replacing the Windows shell alone is not a complex task, but does require tweaking the Windows registry.  Shell replacement alone is not enough to secure your kiosk or unattended payment solution.

This is why we created the easy-to-use kiosk software KioskSimple to get you started fast.

How Do I Get Started?

We put together this short video showing how to use KioskSimple to secure your website.  If your kiosk application is written in .NET then please check out this article on how to run your WPF app in kiosk mode.

Please download the free demo of KioskSimple today!

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Author: Andrew Savala

Andrew Savala is the CEO of RedSwimmer, with a background in designing and deploying complex payment kiosk systems. Andrew offers high-value, strategic consulting services to companies looking to develop their payment kiosks.