Group Policy setting to disable the reset button in Internet Explorer not working

BTGAndy
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We use a proxy server which limits users access on the internet. I use group policy to apply the proxy settings to the users computers.
The other group policy setting i apply is to stop people using the reset button located in Advanced tab in Internet Options as this can be used to disable the proxy settings. What i am finding though is that all the other group policy settings related to Internet Explorer work fine but users are still able to reset the browser and so bypass the proxy settings.
I thought that enabling this group policy would do something like grey out the reset button (or something like that) and so stop them from using the feature.

Have i missed another setting in order for this to work because i'm completely confused as to why this isn't working because all the other settings do work.

The servers we use are Windows Server 2003 (using Active Directory), the users machines are Windows XP (all on the same domain) and the browsers are mainly IE 8 with perhaps a few IE 7 dotted around.

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Hi dstewartjr
I use that option already but if you reset IE it opens all the settings (which were originally locked down by group policy) for editing, so the user can just uncheck the "use proxy settings".
DonNetwork Administrator

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Strange...because just tested... and proxy remains greyed out.
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DonNetwork Administrator

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Are you using the policy "Do not allow resetting Internet Explorer settings" ?
DonNetwork Administrator

Commented:
You could even remove the advanced tab with the setting
 
" Disable changing Advanced page settings"
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms814827.aspx 

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Hi dstewartjr
Yeah it's the "Do not allow resetting Internet Explorer settings" option i use. I will try your idea of removing the advanced tab.
As a secondary question, with group policy you can remove options from the computers like removing the advanced tab in IE or removing the control panel option in Windows. Without having to amend the group policy to reverse the changes is there a way as a domain admin user to access these hidden options while a normal user is logged on like you can install software using the "Run As" option.
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Hi dstewartjr
I've just found the same group policy option ("Do not allow resetting Internet Explorer settings" ) in User Configuration. I was using the setting from Computer Configuration.
I will test this in the morning to see what happens, I'm hoping this is the option i should have used in the first place.
Network Administrator
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LOL...should have asked you that. To answer your other question, I use an application called "Winenabler"

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Thanks dstewartjr
I only found it because of the web page you directed me to about disabling the Advanced Tab.
I tested it this morning and it worked a treat, Thank you for your help.
Also i will give that Winenabler a try as i really want to start looking at locking users machines down so they can't tamper with them.

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