Manually update an windows app in kiosk mode doesn´t work

  appinstaller, kiosk-mode, uwp, windows

Manually triggering update of an app when running windows in assigned access (Kiosk mode) doesn´t work.

I have read others facing the same issue and it feels like there is a bug in windows Kiosk mode. But maybe there is some reason for this behaviour?

I have an app that I sideload using an appinstaller file (my app consist of both a uwp part and a consol part linked with a bridge connection). The app works well in Kiosk mode besides the update part. If I enable automatic updates and link to a specific folder on my computer the automatic updates will work and update my app from the specific folder. However this way to update requires two restarts before it is automatically updated. I want to be able to manually trigger the update from within the app itself somehow and have it updated instantly.

I have tried to update using packagemanager using the function below. This works well in desktop but will always freeze in bluscreen with progressring if I run it in an account in Kiosk mode (assigned access).

PackageManager pm = new PackageManager();    
pm.AddPackageByAppInstallerFileAsync(new Uri("C:myLocalPath"), AddPackageByAppInstallerOptions.ForceTargetAppShutdown, pm.FindPackageVolume("C:"));

I have also tried to restart the app using the command below in order to trigger the automatic update without the need to restart the entire computer. This also works well in desktop but will freeze in bluscreen if I am in a Kiosk account.

AppRestartFailureReason result = await CoreApplication.RequestRestartAsync("Restart");

Restarting the entire computer two times and enabling automatic updates will update the app without problems. Why is it not possible to use one of the methods above? Is this a bug in windows kiosk mode or is this really intended??

The same issue is also reported here:

problem-when-restart-app-on-kiosk-mode-windows-10

and here:

intune-kiosk-blue-screen-spinner-after-uwp-app-res

Source: Windows Questions

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