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IE7 Run-once is corrupt and keeps loading everytime you open IE


I need some help please!

I have created a image of one of our workstations and deployed it to a couple of new workstations.  When i logon for the first time with a network account IE7 loads in the usual manor and presents the Run-Once screen.  I select the options we like, as usual and click save, but the options do not save and the page says "Settings were not able to be saved successfully".  The page is corrupt... the little yellow warning sign appears in the bottom left hand cornder of the IE7 window.

I have read a few articles about changing the registry settings to force runonce not to show, so i did this and run once doesn't show, but now I cannot change any of the search providers for the IE7.  For instance run once doesn't show, but when i click in the top right hand corner to go to the MS page where you select search provders for the intergrated search bar the page that loads is also corrupt and doesn't allow me to change the search provider.

I would like to have IE7 working fully so i can create a new image and then deploy this to the next lot of machines.  Otherwise it means an uninstall and reinstall on each new machine that i configure wit the current image.

Please help ASAP!
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Hello healthfoundation,

Search is not showing because of the image, or because your registry edit corrupted something.

Starting from the beginning, run this script to fix the Runonce problem

Check if you still have the Search problem.

Hope this helps!
healthfoundationAuthor Commented:
That script just edits the same registry entries as i have already edited.

The result being that RunOnce doesnt appear but it is then not possible to change the search provider.

Anyone have any ideas?
ThinkPaperIT ConsultantCommented:
have you tried using group policy to disable the runonce?


I believe it is under:
Computer Configuration>Admin Templates>Windows Componenets>Internet Explorer>
Prevent performance of First Run Customize settings - enabled, go directly to home page
healthfoundationAuthor Commented:
I've just reinstalled it now, not set any of the run once info and then taken another image.  When the new image is deployed the runonce works.
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