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How can I set default search provider in Internet Explorer 8 using GPO?

I would like to change the default Bing search Engine to Google using Group Policy.

I have looked online and believe I need to find an administrative template for Internet Explorer 8, but I have not had much luck finidng one.

Our clients are running Windows 7.

Can someone help me change the default search provider using a GPO?
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donciakasCommented:
Administrative templates is needed for Internet Explorer 8.  They should be installed by default with Internet Explorer 8.  Search for inetres.admx & inetres.adml in Your HDD.  Add them to your group policy and set the settings there.
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stalbansschoolAuthor Commented:
Hi, thanks I have tried searching for these on my PC but have not had any luck finding them.  Can you tell me the default path to these files please?
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stalbansschoolAuthor Commented:
Ok, I managed to find them both.

However, when I browse to the location from GP management it does not recognise them as a 'Policy Template' and I am unable to select them??
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donciakasCommented:
if You can't find, please check this link, whick covers :
Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Internet Explorer 8
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=ab4655f2-0a3c-42eb-974d-24b2790bf592

Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows Vista
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=05d0598b-95f9-4bdd-af36-b365d68ec5f6

Directories where the files can be found on windows 7
C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions:

inetres.admx.png
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Rory de LeurConsultant End-User ComputingCommented:
Are you running GPMC/gpedit on the DCs or on a workstation?  If it's a  workstation, what OS is on it?  You can only use .admx files with a  GPMC/gpedit version from Vista/2008 and beyond.  If it's 2003/XP, it  won't work.
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donciakasCommented:
i am quite sure stalbansschool is using win  2k3 or earlier, while deploying admx/adml files on windows 7 is possible
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stalbansschoolAuthor Commented:
I am running GPMC on my workstation (which is Windows 7).

The DC is server 2008.

I have even tried going directlly onto the 2008 DC and launching GPMC from there.  I still cannot see the .admx files.
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donciakasCommented:
Please try a step by step guide found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530196.aspx
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stalbansschoolAuthor Commented:
Ok, I have had a look through that but it is not really helping.  I should still be able to see/select the .admx files shouldnt I?
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stalbansschoolAuthor Commented:
I think I was barking up the wrong tree a bit.

I thought that you 'import' the admx templates by right clicking on Administrative Templates and selecting Add/Remove templates.  But I think I was incorrect.

I understand now that GPMC automatically looks in the 'local machines' (Is this the server or the workstation I am using?) C:\windows\policydefinitions

So what do I do to edit the 'inetres' files?
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stalbansschoolAuthor Commented:
Ok - managed to solve it with a reg to adm tool.  A little bit old school but seems to work just fine

Thanks
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stalbansschoolAuthor Commented:
Helped me to find a solution
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