Secure Desktop Shell

Secure Desktop 12 Shell

Secure Desktop 12. The Best Version Yet.

Secure Desktop 12. Point of Sale, Cafe, Factory Automation, Lab, Kiosk, Hotel, Restaurant, or Library -- whatever your public environment, Secure Desktop will lock down Windows. Replace the start menu, taskbar, and desktop icons with the Secure Desktop shell to control what a user can or can not do.

Icon Wizard. Window Wizard. Icon Passwords. User Auditing. Tab Passwords. Disable Menus. Secure Desktop 12 provides the security tools you need—Disable over 400 keyboard shortcuts for any program. Secure Desktop is ideal for a computer running in a public area.

Secure Desktop is the perfect endpoint security solution for a public internet kiosk. Get Secure Desktop 12 today.

Endpoint Security for Windows Since 1994

In 1994, Visual Automation created a simple shell program to replace Program Manager in Windows 3.1. Since then, Secure Desktop has secured nearly every commercial version of Microsoft Windows. For Windows 10 and Windows 11, we started with the features that customers need.

New features are everywhere. While working on the user interface, nearly every element of Secure Desktop was studied and improved for touchscreen ease of use. You can disable over 400 keyboard shortcuts. Application launching. Window Wizard. Secure Desktop 12 is easy to use and a more powerful endpoint security solution at the same time.

  • Secure Desktop Tools

Secure Desktop Tools

Group Policy

Configuration Now In Registry

All configuration data is in the Registry; use Secure Desktop Tools or Group Policy to set configuration.

User Auditing

CSV Files and Windows Event Log

Audit files are now in CSV format. Optionally save audit data to the Windows Event Log. Save in both places for redundancy!


Help. Adobe PDF.

Secure Desktop 12 has in-dialog help and tooltips throughout the impressive user interface. We have rewritten the Adobe PDF manual.


Over 400 Hot-Keys Disabled

Secure Desktop 12 has over 400 keyboard shortcuts to disable in Windows 10 and 11. These are system-wide for any program. Take Control.

Windows 10 and Windows 11

UAC Ready

Secure Desktop 12 works with Windows's User Access Control (UAC). Run programs as Administrator. Single instance only. Re-start if closed.


sAudit. sWall

View Audit CSV files. View Wallpaper graphics. Utility applications found in Secure Desktop 10 and earlier are now part of Secure Utilities 12.

Secure Utilities 12

Included with Secure Desktop 12

sExplore File Explorer. sCopy File. sMenu Start Menu. sNote Viewer. sImage Viewer. sKey On-Screen Keyboard. sRun Program. sControl Panel. sEject Device. Logon, Drive Hiding, Touch/Pen Disable, and Auto Logoff registry settings.

Industries Served

Factory Automation (HMI)

We designed Secure Desktop for control engineers using a Windows computer on the factory floor. Human-machine interface (HMI), data collection, report generation, and soft control applications are mission-critical. Therefore, we need the security features found in Secure Desktop.

21 CFR Part 11 (FDA)

Secure Desktop has several features to aid the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, and beverage industries. You can control access to application files and data files. You can log user activity and automatically log users off from Windows due to inactivity.

Retail Point Of Sale (POS)

We designed Secure Desktop for IT professionals using Windows in the restaurant, retail, lodging, and resort industries. Point of sale (POS), inventory, customer-activated terminals, drive-thru, and kitchen order fulfillment are mission-critical and need the security features found in Secure Desktop.


We designed Secure Desktop for IT professionals installing a Windows computer in a library, museum, cafe, airport, or college. Browsing the internet, navigating an intranet, or using a custom multimedia database on a public kiosk computer requires the security features found in Secure Desktop.

The Browser Is The Desktop

Secure Desktop 12 is the best way to create a browser-based desktop system for factory automation, retail point-of-sale, hospitality kiosks, libraries, museums, schools, labs, and cafes. Secure Desktop 12 provides the right solution anywhere a browser-based desktop is needed.



  • 21 CFR Part 11 (FDA)
  • Aircraft
  • Automotive
  • Bakery
  • Beauty Products
  • Beverage Industry
  • Biotechnology
  • Broadcasting
  • Chemical Industry
  • Distillery
  • Energy
  • Farming
  • Fire and Safety
  • Flooring Manufacturing
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Furniture Manufacturing
  • Glass Manufacturing
  • Laboratories
  • Laser
  • Lumber
  • Mining
  • Nuclear
  • Packaging
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Pipeline
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Steel Industry
  • Transportation
  • Waste Management
  • Water System
  • Weather Services

Point of Sale

  • Book Store
  • Coffee Shop
  • Furniture Store
  • Hair Care
  • Music Store
  • Outdoor
  • Party Store
  • Pet Supply
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Goods


  • Academy
  • Church
  • Hospice
  • Hospital
  • Industry Training
  • K-12 School
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Pre-school
  • University


  • Banks
  • Broker
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Credit Unions
  • Securities


  • 911 Call Center
  • Counties
  • Judicial System
  • Military
  • Municipalities
  • States
  • Police