Group Policy force loading of Internet Explorer at startup

Posted on 2006-05-02
Last Modified: 2013-04-28
I'm running Windows Server 2003 and wish to accomplisg the following (thorugh Group Policy?)

1) force the loading of Internet Explorer on startup
2) force the company's intranet home page to be the default home page
3) prevent the user from changing the home page

Could anyone advise if this is possible in GP?
Question by:jadeia
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    Accepted Solution

    Using group policies you can do the following:

    Change the homepage:
    User Settings->Windows Settings->Internet Explorer Maintenance->URLs->Important URLs

    Prevent user from changing the homepage:

    User Settings->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Internet Explorer
    Enable 'Disable change home page settings'

    Getting IE  to start on login can be done by placing a shortcut in the startup menu.
    Or with group policies, it could be done in a Logon script,
    It could also be done by placing a registry entry into HKCU->Software->Microsoft->Windows->CurrentVersion->Run
    which contains the path to the iexplorer.exe executable..

    Hope this helps.

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    Expert Comment

    On that note,

    if you use a GP to add a registry entry, it'll have to be in HKLM->Software->Microsoft->Windows->CurrentVersion->Run


    Author Comment

    Wonderful, thankyou kindly.
    LVL 5

    Expert Comment

    No problem :) glad to help

    Thnx for the points ;)

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