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I have tried to change my homepage several times by going into internet options and typing in the one I want, then apply. That works fine unless I have to reboot for some reason. Is there a way to change the default of to make the one I want stay without having to change it every time I restart my computer?
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by:HippyChik
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I'm not sure which browser you're using, but it sounds like IE. When you change your homepage, do you also click on Use Current? Make sure you do. So, go back into Internet Options, change the homepage, click on Use Current, then click on Apply then OK. That should save it. If it doesn't... do you have a third party software program that would be changing it? For example, I have Netzero and that automatically overwrites it...

Let me know if it works out... =o)
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by:anita_75972
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I cannot click on current. It is not possible. Only default and blank are on.
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by:burntout
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I had the same prob a while back, if I remember correctly
It finaly kept the settings when I shut down windows the way your supose to Start > Shutdown,  Try changing it, and then shutting down and see if it was saved.
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by:burntout
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HippyChik, You should never answer a question unless you are 100% sure that the answer you give is the one they are looking for.  As soon as you answer the chances of anyone else seeing the question are slim to none.  If you just add comments and your comment answers the question they can still give you the points.
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by:anita_75972
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I have tried that also, and it still does not work. It always goes back to something else. Thank you for trying though.
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by:burntout
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what site does it keep setting itself back to?
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by:anita_75972
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I would give you the address, but it is a mile long. I have been trying to set it to my provider's home page. When this one opens, it open three screens of different things. It is a lot like the one I am wanting to change to, but the other screens shouldn't be there. If you need me to give you the address let me know and I will. I never programmed it in to be my home page. It just appeared one day.
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by:burntout
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just give me up to the .com/.net
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by:anita_75972
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by:anita_75972
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Sorry, it didn't work.
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by:anita_75972
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The last comment was to HippyChik, not burntout.
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by:1cell
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what browser are you using and what version?

for IE
To resolve this issue in Internet Explorer 4.x, use Registry Editor to Change the
"HomePage" value to "0" in the following registry key:
 
   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel
 
To work around this issue in Internet Explorer Version 5, delete the following
registry key, and then restart Internet Explorer:
 
   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control
   Panel\HomePage
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by:Patricia Siu-Lai Ho
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anita, why not try to use http://www.netdot.com instead of your provided long linked address.

Open only one IE5 browser on the desktop and then at the View-internet option, enter http://www.netdot.com as your homepage. Then click apply and OK. Close the IE5 browser. Reopen it again. It should be set.

<<When this one opens, it open three screens of different things. >>
Your listed long URL address is set to keep opening linked windows to different domain as their advertisers. It is normal for their settings.  

Let me know if it worked or else we have to go to edit the registry and please inform me if you deemed necessary.    pslh
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by:Patricia Siu-Lai Ho
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Hello 1cell, exactly same logged time.  Not intended to step on your toes.  ;)  pslh
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by:1cell
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if you are using an internet service provider like AOL or Compuserve which utilizes a proprietary verion of IE then you will need to contact them.

if you are using Netscape, let me know
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by:1cell
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no problem, it happens

the more i read this the more it seems like this is a proprietary browser for something like freeweb or tyhe like.  The reason these services are free is because they force you to watch advertisements for their clients which is where they make their money.  In this case, I am interested to know what you find with the registry settings.
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by:PLansdowne
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One other registry key you should check:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

In the right pane you should see "Start Page".

Double click on it and change it to your desired URL.



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by:PLansdowne
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One other thing to check in the registry:

Do a search for "Homepage Directory".  

See if the search comes up with anything.
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by:anita_75972
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I am not really understanding what you are trying to tell. The thing I am trying to do is to try to make my homepage my providers homepage. It is not a free internet, so i don't think it should have all the advertisements. I'm not sure though. When I change it in internet options, it always works right until I restart my computer. It may be days before I have to restart, but no matter, I always have to change it. That long address always comes back. My default is www.netdot.com. I cannot even get it to stay on that. Bare with me I will try to do waht you suggested.
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by:PLansdowne
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If you're unfamiliar with regedit, go to Run and type Regedit.

Double click on each key to find your way through......
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by:1cell
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that'll doit
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by:anita_75972
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Thank you very much!!!
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by:1cell
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you are welcome, glad I could help.  Just found that link by accident and remembered your issue.
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