Installing ThinKiosk

ThinKiosk is available as an MSI or in stand alone exe format. The ThinKiosk MSI has been designed to be as unintrusive as possible. The MSI will simply register thinkiosk as an application and create the neccessary files. The MSI will not replace the shell.

To install ThinKiosk, head over to the download page,  install the msi or drop the exe on the local (or what the hell, remote) file system then configure your shell redirection. It really is that easy. Once you have it installed, head over to the configuration page.

To install ThinKiosk via group policy, below are some simple steps on how to achieve this:

Deployment via group policy.

Open the Group Policy management console, browse to the policy you wish to use then right click > edit.

Once the policy opens, browse to Computer configuration > Policies > Software Settings

Right click Software installation > new > package.

When prompted, browse to the network location of ThinKiosk, select it and choose open:

Choose assigned and ok:

Assuming all has gone to plan, you should now see the thinkiosk package in the policy as below:

That’s it! the pc’s should pick-up this policy in next restart, head over to the getting started pages to configure the user settings and shell replacement.

  1. Chris
    March 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Andrew, I have used your 2.0 Beta for several days now and it’s awesome. I have found no breaks/hangs/crashes or any odd behavior. I do have an enhancement request though which may apply for a lot of users.

    Would it be possible for you to build in a checkbox feature to automatically log off the user from the WI after launching a desktop? ThinKiosk could auto-logoff the WI behind the scenes and then go back to the Home/Login page which would not terminate the launched desktop but would prepare for the next user after they disconnect their desktop.

    In our lab I have ThinPC’s with ThinKiosk, workspace controls set, and have modified the web files on a custom site to auto-logoff the user after 10 seconds of a click event (launching the desktop). It does an auto-logoff fine as long as you stay on the same device (disconnect, reconnect) .. If you roam to other devices then the autologoff breaks. Rather than relying on the WI to do that I would think it may be better handled at the device level. Thoughts on that? Again, great release!

    • March 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Chris, Excellent idea, let’s have a chat over email.

  2. Alex
    July 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Andrew,

    How do you change the URL that the thinkiosk connect to? I entered the wrong url and want to correct it.


    • July 11, 2012 at 6:09 am

      Hi Alex,

      Hit [ctrl] + [alt] + [u], enter the password (default is here and choose custom URL, then click remember this setting.

      You can also find all of ThinKiosks values in the registry under hkcu or hklm\software\thinkiosk.


  3. Romulo
    October 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Andrew,

    I’ve installed thinkiosk on Windows 7 and I have few machines starting the ica session without focus (on background). Have you seen this issue?
    This issue does not occur using Internet Explorer.


    • October 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Romulo,

      Drop me an email with the details of your deployment (xenapp or xendesktop, receiver version, thinkiosk version, etc) and we’ll chat from there (andrew[at]

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