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Internet Explorer Home Page - Specify and Prevent Changing

How to Prevent Changing and Specify a Default Home Page in Internet Explorer
Published by Brink
15 Jul 2011
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How to Prevent Changing and Specify a Default Home Page in Internet Explorer

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This will show you how to allow or prevent users from being able to change their home page in Internet Explorer, and to allow you to specify a default home page for users if prevented.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.


EXAMPLE: Home Page Settings in Internet Options
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OPTION ONE
Manually with REG File Download and in Registry Editor

NOTE: This option will affect all users on the computer.
1. To Enable the Ability to Change Internet Explorer Home Page
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Allow_Changing_IE_Home_Page.reg
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B) Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

C) Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

D) Click on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK when prompted.

E) Go to step 3.
2. To Disable the Ability to Change and Specify a IE Home Page
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Prevent_Changing_and_Specify_IE_Home_Page.reg

download
B) Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

C) Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

D) Click on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK when prompted.

E) Open the Start Menu, type regedit in the search box, and press Enter.

F) If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista).

G) In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
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H) In the right pane of Main, right click on Start Page, and click on Modify. (see screenshot above)

I) Type in the full webpage address that you want to specify as the home page, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You cannot leave it empty, and must enter a webpage address.
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J) When finished, close regedit, and continue on to step 3. (see screenshot below)
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3. If open, close all instances of Internet Explorer and reopen to see the change in Internet Options.

4. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION TWO
Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Internet Explorer. (see screenshot below)
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3. In the right pane, right click on Disable changing home page settings and click on Edit. (See screenshot above)

4. To Enable the Ability to Change Internet Explorer Home Page
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Disable the Ability to Change and Specify a IE Home Page
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 6)

B) Under Options, type in the full webpage address that you want to specify as the home page.
NOTE: You cannot leave it empty, and must enter a webpage address.
6. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.
That's it,
Shawn







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27 Jul 2011   #1
MvdB

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

Thx! Another good one! Probably most useful in business setups? But great work again...

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27 Jul 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Mark. Yeah, this would probably be used mostly by businesses, or someone that just wants a default homepage for all users. It could also be used as a way to help prevent the homepage from being changed by a homepage redirect malware.
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11 Jun 2012   #3
dkedens

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 
Download Link

The download link dont work.
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11 Jun 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello dkedens, and welcome to Seven Forums.

They are both working fine for me. What web browser are you using?

If IE9, then you should see this below to click on Save. If not, then you might check to see if your AV program may be blocking the download.

Internet Explorer Home Page - Specify and Prevent Changing-ie9.jpg

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn


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18 Oct 2012   #5
suthosharko

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

If I use option 1 to disable updates to the Home Page will this prevent the Group Policy from being able to change it to what the corporate standard is, or will the Group Policy override this and update it anyway?
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18 Oct 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Suthosharko, and welcome to Seven Forums.

When you are joined to the domain, the domain policies will override the local policies.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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18 Oct 2012   #7
suthosharko

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

ok thanks Brink. Do you know of anyway to pervent the group policy overriding this as my company sets this to their intranet which is a real pain as it takes forever to load and I rarely use it, preferring instead to use Google as the home page. I have set my IE .EXE launcher to use Google (""C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" Google"), but then when I am within IE and click "New Tab" it goes to whatever the Home Page setting is, and despite me resetting this to Google constantly, every 10-20 mins it gets reset back to the corporate intranet, i assume by the group policy.
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18 Oct 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry, but there's no way to do so. That's what domain policies are designed for.

If you like, you could add the site to your favorites, then just click on the favorite link to open a tab to that site instead of using the new tab method.
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