How to Lock Down Windows 10 Devices for Public Use?

  • January 15, 2019

Today, organizations are fast shifting from the older Windows version to the more advanced options like locking down Windows 10 for public use, which is highly recommended for the values and benefits they add to businesses and organizations. The new-gen Windows version combines the already existing and useful functionalities with state-of-the-art features while ensuring security.

How to Lock Down Windows 10 Devices for Public Use?
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The much-needed transformation will empower the workforce to be faster and smarter with more productivity on the table. With an array of devices with different shapes and sizes, high-security capabilities, sound app integration, and a new level of browsing experiences, Windows 10 is conquering the workplace globally.

It is gaining popularity across businesses – small, medium, or large, as they are widely deploying Windows 10 devices for their employees, or for using the devices in windows 10 kiosk lockdown mode, for marketing & advertising purposes, or for simple training and education purposes.

However, companies sometimes get a tough time ensuring that these Windows 10 devices are secured and are fully managed to facilitate complete utility while serving business purposes only, without any scope of misuse or data breach. It is imperative for driving total productivity, performance, accuracy, and efficiency across teams and the organization.

This is where the intuitive and powerful Scalefusion Windows MDM devices come to the rescue. With its multiple valuable features, it can help you in locking down Windows 10 for public use with complete control from a single unified dashboard.

Not only that, but you can remotely have exhaustive visibility of all your MDM-integrated Windows 10 device inventory and can also monitor, control, secure, and troubleshoot from the same dashboard in real-time.

Also Read: What do you know about Windows 10 Modern Management?

It also gives you options to lock the devices into single app mode or multi-app mode depending upon your requirement.

A step-by-step guide to locking down Windows 10 for public use

The basic things that you will require at the start of the procedure, are:

a) To have a Scalefusion account
b) Access to windows 10 laptop/desktop/Surface device from the Scalefusion Dashboard

After that, you need to do the following:

Step 1 – Create Initial Windows Device Profile(s)

To get started with enrollment, the very basic thing to be done is to create Device Profiles. It enables you to group all your device policies together which can be applied to one or more devices when enrolled.

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 Step 2 – Create Enrollment Configuration to Lock Down Windows 10 Devices

On creating Enrollment Configuration, you will get a QR Code and a URL. This QR code/URL copied in MS Edge/IE browser will start the enrollment of the enterprise mobile and other Windows 10 devices. Enrollment configuration compiles of basic rules like –

  • Device naming convention
  • Default device profile
  • Default license to be applied
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Step 3 – Enroll your Windows 10 Device(s)

With the enrollment URL, you can enroll your Windows 10 devices either using Microsoft Edge or using Connect to Work or School App which comes already loaded on Windows 10 devices. Once the device(s) is enrolled it will start appearing on Scalefusion Dashboard under the Devices section as a Managed device(s).

Step 4 – Create & Configure Device Profile(s)

The device profile has 2 sections,

1) Select Apps – You can configure your application policy from this section, like Application blacklisting wherein you can block selected Windows applications to run.

2) Select Settings – You can configure additional settings based on categories. Available sub-categories are,

  • Branding – Branding allows you to apply home and/or lock screen wallpaper to your enterprise devices.
  • Wi-Fi – Choose to allow or restrict users to connect to Wi-Fi.
  • Edge Browser – Choose cookie policy, specify a start page URL, allow/restrict AutoFill, allow/restrict pop-ups to name a few.
  • Email/Exchange settings – You can select the Email/Exchange Configuration(s) that you have created in the Windows utility section so that they will be published to the devices in this Profile.
  • General settings – These consist of all the generic settings which enhance the control over devices like whether to allow access to the USB port, Bluetooth, to name a few.
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Step 5 – Apply the Device profile

You can apply the device profile right at the time of enrollment by following the above steps or alternatively you can apply it at a later stage as well.

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Enrolling your devices into Scalefusion MDM is not only easy, but it also opens a whole new world of possibilities for you that promises to enhance employee productivity, IT efficiency, and operational accuracy as you can lock down computers for public use.

The above-mentioned steps will help you enroll your device(s) and apply the device profile effortlessly for your employees and executives to use, without any hassle or tension of misuse or data threat.

Scalefusion makes it a cakewalk for you to lockdown & manage all your Windows 10 devices from a single dashboard – so you can better focus on your core business while it tackles your Windows 10 device management with simplicity, security, and total efficiency.

Thousands of businesses rely upon Scalefusion for managing their mobile device, desktops, laptops and other endpoints

Nema Buch is a Research & Marketing professional, also writes for Scalefusion on Enterprise Mobility trends, SaaS, and different Industry Verticals.
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