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IE10 GPO administrative templates for MS 2008R2 DC

Hi Guys,

With Microsoft changing the home page location for Internet Explorer 10, it has caused some confusion.

The system here is all 2008R2 servers including the DC's and we have windows 7 and 8 clients and a mix of internet explorer.

The issue is that there are no references to Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 under preferences -> Control Panel Settings -> Internet Settings, only 5and 6, 7 ,8.

I have downloaded the inetres.admx files for Internet Explorer 10 from Microsoft and updated the inetres.admx in the central store.
However the GPMC still only shows 5 and 6, 7, 8 versions of Internet Explorer.

Do I need to update the GPMC as well? or should the 2008R2 version of GPMC show the later versions on internet explorer when the inetres.admx file is updated ?

All GPO editing is being done on the 2008R2 DC.

3 Solutions
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Group policy descriptions are actually in language-specific .adml files. You need to put the .admx file and .adml file in place to see updates descriptions. No GPMC update is required.
oratekAuthor Commented:
Hi Cliff,

Thanks for the info. I neglected to mention that I have already updated the inetres.adml file in the en-us folder in the central store. Sorry about that.

I have checked to make sure and the inetres.adml is dated 2/01/2013 where the default files are 6/07/2010/

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For IE9, you may have to install the following Hotfix.


And for IE 10, you may have to use a machine running Windows 8/Windows 2012 with RSAT and GPMC.

VirastaRUC Tech Consultant Commented:

Check this Technet Blog Article

Upgrading the ADMX Central Store files from Windows 7/2008R2 to Windows 8/2012

Hope that helps :)
Just install GPMC on windows 8\ 8.1 domain joined workstation and you will get GP preferences for all IE versions right from IE 5, 6, 7,8,9,10 and IE 11 will also work with IE 10 preferences items

From there you can modify all GPOs now

only thing IE maintenance will not find there as its removed from this version, hence if you have configured that you need to unlink those GPOs  and need to configure it from here under GP preferences.
because IE 10 do not understand old IE maintenance that found upto IE 9 with win 7 \ 2008, but GP preferences of win 8 can understood by all IE versions

Also you will get all latest ADMX files from win 8 \8.1 machine
only you need to copy that admx and adml files from win8 machine policydefinations folder to GPO central store

oratekAuthor Commented:
Final analysis of the issue is this....

The admx and adml file in the central store needed to be updated.
However you can not see the extra options in the GPMC on 2008R2 or windows 7.1.
Once the admx and adml files have been updated, you need to access a 2012 version of GPMC on Windows 8 or Server 2012 to see and set the IE10 settings in Group Policy.

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