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Windows 7: IE 11 Default Search Provider Resets After Sysprep

27 Oct 2014   #11
HEADSHOTPUNK

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

I did this but it didn't work. However that was before I added the search scope section in my answer file. I will try a new image doing both, installing it manually and setting it as the default as well as having that information in my answer file. Just as an FYI, even when I didn't install it and just had the information in my answer file, after imaging Google was there as a search provider and everything looked great, except that it wasn't set as the default.


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27 Oct 2014   #12
Kari

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I am very interested in this, please let us know how it goes.
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27 Oct 2014   #13
HEADSHOTPUNK

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Will do! Loading Win 7 Ent right now.
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27 Oct 2014   #14
HEADSHOTPUNK

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Okay, no luck. Here's what I just did.

* Installed Windows 7 Ent x64
* Ran all the updates
* Launched IE11
* Installed Google search provider and set it as default
* Removed Bing search provider
* Ran Sysprep with that answer file
* Once the computer came back up I created a new account and Bing was there and it was set as the default
* Banged head against desk

So my co-worker and I did some testing. We loaded up an image from April 2014 that had the search provider working correctly. We created a new account to test and made sure that it loaded with Google as the default and it was. After that we ran all the current updates, restarted the computer, created a another new account and low and behold....... Bing came up as the default search provider. So I'm not sure which update is doing it, but one of the Windows updates that came out in the last few months is changing the default user profile's search provider.
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27 Oct 2014   #15
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Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

So I did a little more testing. On the machine I just built a new image on, the default search provider didn't stick. It loaded all new accounts with Bing. So I uninstalled IE11 (which took it down to IE8) and restarted the computer, logged in as admin and created a new account, loaded up the new account and launched IE8 and magically, Google was set as my default search provider and Bing wasn't even listed as an option.

So it seems like the default user profile is being overridden by one of the IE11 updates.
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27 Oct 2014   #16
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

That's really valuable information, thanks for sharing.

To start narrowing down which update it could be, you said that an image from last April worked as it was told, Google as default? It's a lot of work but if you really want to research this, check the list of todays IE11 updates on that system (assuming there was no updates between April and today), then restore the machine to April state, turn off automatic updates and start updating one IE11 update at the time. Painful work, you need to create a user after every update and login to see what happens.

Anyway, like I said, thanks for sharing this.
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28 Oct 2014   #17
HEADSHOTPUNK

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Alright, I think I've found the culprit.

KB2976627 - released August 12, 2014

Specifically this update that was included in there: Update that helps you manage your Internet Explorer 11 search provider

I'm about to leave for the day so I haven't had a chance to look into it yet, but this seems to be the problem child that is overriding my default profile. The issue is that this is included in the cumulative security updates so even if I hid this update, it would just be installed the next month. I double checked this by installing these updates one at a time:

KB2977629 - released September 9, 2014
KB2987107 - released October 14,2014

Each one of these updates, installed by themselves, overrode my default search provider.

Now time to find a solution... hopefully lol.


ps - I installed KB2962872 which was the security updated for July 2014 and it didn't cause an issue.
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28 Oct 2014   #18
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Good to know you found it.

As much a Microsoft fan boy as I am (honestly!), I don't like what I read in that KB article. Microsoft should not override user settings with help of an update just to keep competitors away.

"Helps you maintain control over your Internet Explorer 11 search provider. After you install this update, you are prompted about any external requests to change the search provider." What the article does not mention is that the update also resets any previous settings. That and the some other things in that article sound like the update's mission is to change the default provider to Bing if user has made the mistake to change it to something else.
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29 Oct 2014   #19
HEADSHOTPUNK

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

At least they are not changing what current users have set as their default search providers, but come on, this is pretty shady.

Any ideas how to overcome this hurdle that Microsoft has thrown at us? Each month Microsoft is just going to include this update (KB2976627) in the cumulative update. Is there a way to disable just this one update from installing in the cumulative update?

I'm thinking I might have to resort to running a script to modify the registry settings when a user first signs on.

Thoughts?
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29 Oct 2014   #20
gregrocker

 

No, just hide the Update when it shows up again.

Also remove all but your preferred search in browse, set it to not allow replacement.
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