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View : Internet Options and the home page url area is dull green -- how can I set my IE4 home page?
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Question by:mciperf
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by:varun071898
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You may have your IE from your ISP or computer manufacurer. They may have customised (with Internet Explorer Administration Kit) your IE. It can't be changed.
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by:mciperf
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Excellent idea; not exactly right though.  My home page now is AOL.com.  When I installed IE, I had erols.com as a home page.  My son recently subscribed to aol.com (on the PC in question).  From your post, I suspect that that's how aol.com became my home page; I'm still hoping for a way to undo this aol home page.  
Tx,
Gerry
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by:harley47
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are there two IE 4.0 on your computer?  Did AOL load one?
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by:mbreuker
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I'm willing to bet that AOL loaded IE, replacing the version that was there. Bookmarks, etc. may have stayed, but the Home Page setting may have been hardcoded. I am sure there is a registry setting that can undo this but it might be easier to reinstall IE, which shouldn't hurt anything.

BTW, this is only a guess since I do not use AOL. I would not be surprised that they, like many other service providers and software manufacturers think so highly of themselves and expect you to have the same feelings.
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MasseyM earned 50 total points
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You can edit the registry setting by editing the following:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/INTERNET EXPLORER/MAIN/Start Page.

HKEY_USERS/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/INTERNET EXPLORER/MAIN/Start Page.

Double click to edit.  Insert the page you want to be your home page... This should change the homne page.  Now, if AOL loaded their own, they may check and make sure theiers is the home page.  If so, you may not be able to permanently change it.

- Matt
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by:mciperf
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Thanks!  As it turns out, I only had the second field; edited it and all is woinderful again!  thanks,
Gerry
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