how to remove IE Registry settings for a user

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I want to delete all IE settings for a user so that when the user launches IE again, the program thinks she's a new user.  How can I do this without creating a new user profile? Note: I've tried deleting all IE settings, cookies, temp files, etc etc. This is for WinXP IE 8
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That didn't do the trick.  I done that manually. Can I delete all HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer settings? Would that bring the user to a new IE with all new settings?
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My best suggestion is to backup the user's folders to a C:\backup directory and copy the following to this directory to include:
Desktop, Favorites, and My Documents and any mail files  (.pst for Outlook, .idx for Outlook Express).

Reboot the computer and log in with as another adminstrator account for the machine and then delete the entire profile.   Have the user log back in and copy all of their files (Desktop, Favorites, and My Documents and reconfigure the e-mail).    This will reset any locally stored IE settings.

If you want to remove registry settings for the user too, don't delete the profile as I described above.   Just backup as I described, reboot the computer, log in with an administrator account and then go to Start --> Control Panel --> User Accounts and then select the user you want to remove and it will delete the user account files and the registry associations for you.

Please let me know if this comment was helpful.  Thank you in advance.

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Thanks Simon!

I was trying to avoid rebuilding the users profile as there is a lot of profile dependent configs.  The user has an AD account therefore it's not local.  Is there a way to delete the ie registry associations for a users profile if there account is an active directory account?

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You may want to try and migrate the user to another computer with similiar or same configuration and then back using the Microsoft user state migration tool if you don't want to lose those settings.

Migrating the user may clean up the profile enough to resolve your problem when moving the profile back with this method.   Below is some information on this.  Let me know if this is a better solution for your issue....Simon

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Migrating-Vista-using-User-State-Migration-Tool.html
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=799AB28C-691B-4B36-B7AD-6C604BE4C595&displaylang=en  
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My question is what is the main objective(why does the users IE need to be set to default)?

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Turned out to be another issue.  Both of your suggestions for resetting IE were very helpful. Thanks!

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