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I am having a problem with Internet Explorer 9 and removing a users ability to delete their history.  
I have gone through the local GPO settings and disabled delete history, which effectively grays out in internet options, I have also disabled it through the Safety settings as well.  However the one that I cannot remove, or block is through the favorites button.  If you go into favorites and then tab over to history you can delete all or some of the info contained in it.
I don't understand why the local GPO doesn't seem to affect this part of IE9.  Can someone please tell me how I can remove a users ability to delete the history through the favorites tab.

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jcimarron  Thanks for the links.
I have already disabled the ability to delete the browsing history via the local Group Policy.
The odd thing is that even though the user can't delete the history through Internet Options, or through the Safety Options, the History tab still appears under Favorites.
In it the sites visited are listed by day, and week, and the user can go in and either delete specific sites, or whole days/weeks.
I find it very odd that GPO can't hide history from the Favorites tabs, and even more so that it doesn't prevent the deletion of the History contained within.
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slg_scott--I am slightly confused.  Do you want to stop the user from deleting History?  Or rather not permit the user to delete?
I do not know a way to completely stop the user from deleting History, but you can always read the history of sites visited from the procedure here
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Internet_Email/Web_Browsers/Q_27407718.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+30+index.dat
The History tab under Favorites also can be limited in time period covered.  Internet Options|General tab|Browsing history section Settings|down at the bottom change the number of days under History.

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What I am saying is that I had already implemented the necessary changes in the local group policy to block users from deleting their history.
If you go into internet options the option to do so is grayed out, it is also non existent in the safety tab.
However if you click on the star for favorites, there are three tabs, Favorites, Feeds, and History; this is where I have the problem.
Regardless of the settings in the local GPO the history tab is still able to be viewed and modified via the favorites.
Users can click on the History tab, and delete any and all browsing history.  I know it seems couterintuitve, but it is the case.
I would if possible, or at the very least be sure users can't remove items from it.
I have also looked at the index.dat file, and all the histroy is not there.
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slg_scott--I understand you want to stop users from deleting items in the Favorites|History list.
And I assume you want to be able to look at the items in Favorites| History
I do not know how to stop deletion of those items, but concerning
"I have also looked at the index.dat file, and all the histroy is not there."  What is missing?  Certain categories, certain dates, etc.? How do you know all the history is not there?
Are you using an index.dat viewer?  If you use the one from Acesoft, note there are tabs at the top of the window.  The one marked Index.dat at the far right will give you the most info, though I think the default tab is URL's History.
http://www.acesoft.net/index.dat%20viewer/index.dat_viewer.htm

 

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I used an index.dat viewer, not the acesoft, but it works none the less.
I only see sporadic entries though, and many days missed in between others when I know the user was here.
Oh well, my real problem is just that the favorites|history thing.
It makes no sense why the group policy settings affect everything else but that.
Oh well...
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slg_scott--I regret that I cannot tell you the "Why" of the Favorites|History thing.  There probably is a registry setting somewhere but I do not know it.
However, I would think your main goal would be to be able to track this User's History.  Since the Acesoft Index.dat Viewer will allow you to do that, I would hope the practical issue of "removing a users ability to delete their history" is solved.
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