check the box Automatically detect settings using Registry(Group Policy)

Posted on 2009-12-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I would need help in making the changes in HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/currentversion/Internetsettings/connections/defaultsettings. which would help me to check the box Automatically detect settings in IE.(internetoptions/connections/lansettings)
Question by:collaberait
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    Hello collaberait,

    Start Menu > Run > regedt32
    Use the left pane to go to your key.
    To expand the folder , click on [+]


    Author Comment

    I am able to go till the HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/currentversion/Internetsettings/connections/defaultsettings

    but in default settings ,what value do i need to place??

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    I think the best way (as I mentioned in the original question), would be to set a test machine up with the required default settings, and export that reg value to a reg file. You can then deploy that to your machines using whichever method you prefer, as long as the reg file is executed on each target machine. Not sure exactly how you would go about doing that in group policy.

    The 5th digit in that binary value handles the "automatically detect settings" checkbox, an odd number means unticked, even is ticked.

    Please refer to this post for some good scripting examples on how to set this automatically:

    Hope this helps,


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    Expert Comment

    Thanks for your work and the points @LeeTutor

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