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Set Internet Explorer Home Page with inability to change through GPO

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Good morning.

I'm having a rough time with AD all together.  The owner of my business wants me to configure the user's home page to go to companyweb each time IE is started.  All systems are Windows 7 Professional x64.  We do not want the user to be able to change the start page.  I'm assuming other restrictions and permanent settings are in the same place like backgrounds, program restrictions, control panel restrictions, etc.  I just can't seem to find it or how and where to create the GPO and the proper place to put it so that it applies to all users in a certain group.  I want these policies to apply to only our office staff.  Not myself or the two business owners.

I know this is cumbersom;, but, could someone walk me through step by step where and how to create the GPO and once it is created, what portion I need to go in and edit so the above changes take place on next user logon.

Thanks so much for your help.  My google searches have brought up results, but their in a manner that I don't fully understand.
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Thank you all for your detailed suggestions.

I've tried each of your suggestions and the users are still able to change their default homepage.  Because many updates need to be done on their systems with different softwares they use, I had to grant local administrator rights to them.  Could this be interfering?  As accounts, they are Standard Users.
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What about to reorganize the updates they need to install and try find some other way how to distribute them? Because updates are fine, but giving them full admin rights on that PCs means to give them all power, which could be contraproductive and may make you more troubles to troubleshoot if they are not so experiences PB users.
What about WSUS as a way how to distribute updates?

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thanks everyone.  I'm going to try and test your suggestions tomorrow.

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Everyone is correct!  LOL.  OK.  Giving all rights for general program updates, not just Windows Updates.  I believe this is, too, going to allow everyone to change it and when they log off and log back on, it will still be what they changed it to.  I'm going to create a dummy account and set up a system to test as a standard user.

Thanks for all of your suggestions.
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