Looking to lock down Win10 Home as a Thin Client. Is there a new iteration of Windows SteadyState?



  • I settled on Minix Z83-4 for basic RDSH 2016 thin clients.

    I was hoping for something like Windows SteadyState or a KIOSK mode, but the latter requires updates and the former apparently is no longer updated by Microsoft (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_SteadyState)

    I managed to get GPEDIT installed on Win 10 Home using this (place in a bat file and run as administrator)

    @echo off
    pushd "%~dp0"

    dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~3*.mum >List.txt
    dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~3*.mum >>List.txt

    for /f %%i in ('findstr /i . List.txt 2^>nul') do dism /online /norestart /add-package:"%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages%%i"
    pause

    Sorry I don't know how to post that here for easy copy/paste, but I will update post if someone tells me how.

    Anyway, I attempted to apply my target kiosk user with a User GPO that replaces the User Environment but its not taking. Maybe Win 10 Home just ignores the applied group policy. I remember something like this working in previous windows version though.

    Just looking for tools, suggestions or otherwise.



  • Steady State died off long ago. You'll need third party software for this now or do something unique like virtualize or use a SAN.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Looking to lock down Win10 Home as a Thin Client. Is there a new iteration of Windows SteadyState?:

    Steady State died off long ago. You'll need third party software for this now or do something unique like virtualize or use a SAN.

    Not following on how the SAN would fit in. I have win 10 home tiny computers, just want to lock down a login so all it can do is run Remote Desktop. Open to suggestion for apps to do the lock down. I don't mind some more cost, just couldn't justify spending $500+ for new thin clients with Windows IOT Enteprise (the new Windows Embedded).



  • @bigbear said in Looking to lock down Win10 Home as a Thin Client. Is there a new iteration of Windows SteadyState?:

    Not following on how the SAN would fit in.

    Jentu claim to, but have never produced, a SAN product that does exactly what you need. You boot to the SAN for your thin clients (or fat clients, whatever) and the SAN locks the storage for rollback, rather than the client doing it. You can build this yourself with Starwind, for example. Keeps you from needing drives in your thin client machines.



  • I think DeepFreeze is what replaced SteadyState.



  • @scottalanmiller I see where you are going with it, but these will be stand alone and possibly in different locations. Just looking to lock down the wind 10 home user profile to run an app, not concerned with preventing changes (though Windows UWF in IOT Enteprise would also be nice)

    If IOT Enterprise was affordable and available per device would be worth the $$$. Win Pro doesn't do all the things IOT E does though.

    BTW the name change is terrible for searching, I just come up with IOT Core stuff.



  • And IoT isn't even applicable to many of the use cases of it. It's a ridiculous buzz word name.



  • I know, embedded is embedded. The IoT Core is at least somewhat deserving of the name. Microsoft has never been very original.

    Can you imagine Raspberry Pi v IoT?



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  • Even with Core, hard to imagine it being used for much IoT.



  • @scottalanmiller I loaded core on a Rasberry Pi before I understand much about it. There is no Windows UI. What advantages there are I don't know. I read it only runs on 3 platforms right now.



  • I did manage to get Windows 10 Home Edition running as a kiosk RDP thin client. $179 for a Windows Minix, no add-ons or hacks.

    All was done in the registry. I will post later for reference.

    Considering it has a legit Win10 Home license you could consider it a $79 fully capable RDP 10.2 thin client.

    I'm still surprised at the lack of Linux based RDP 10 solution. FreeRDP has really fell behind. RDP 10 or even 8.2 is a significant improvement over previous versions.