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I recently updated to IE7. I want to change my search provider to Google. I've had no luck so far. I've clicked the  "Search Options" down arrow next to the search box and then chosen "Find More Providers". All that happens is that a page comes up saying "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage". Does anybody have any suggestions? Thank you ahead of time for your effort.
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by:war1
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Greetings kriljan,

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/change-internet-explorer-in-windows-vista-to-search-google-by-default/

First, open up Internet Explorer, and then click the little search dropdown: Select Find More Providers.
You should see a page with Google Web Search on it:
Click Google as fast as you can!
Make sure you check the default search provider box.

If no joy, Windows has technology that allows corporations to administer machines remotely, including adjusting settings and preventing users from changing those settings. In a corporate environment, the IT department could choose and deploy a default search engine for all its users. Check if your IT Administrator has lock the search.

Best wishes, war1
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by:kriljan
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Thanks for the try war1: I checked out your link and I can definitely say that I have never seen the page with Google Search on it. This is a home desktop machine so I don't think -but I'm not sure- that corporate restrictions apply. I'm running WinXP Home SP2 - 5.1 build 2600.
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kriljan,

The link that I provided was for a beta version of IE7.  Sorry! Here is the instruction to create a new search engine in IE7 final
http://www.askdavetaylor.com/change_the_default_search_engine_in_internet_explorer_7_ie7.html

From your description, you cannot get the page when you click on "Find More Providers" in the lower left corner.  If you see an address in the Address Bar, copy the address to another browser window.
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