Group Policy Preferences for IE10

Posted on 2014-08-01
Last Modified: 2014-08-08
I am using Server 2008 R2 with IE11installed to edit Group Policies.  Clients are Windows 7 with IE10.  I want to set IE favorites and IE home page in GPO.  I have been able to set the favorites using shortcut preferences since IEM is no longer available.  I thought that I could set the homepage in Preferences - Control Panel Settings - Internet Settings but when I try to create a new only IE 5 & 6, 7 and 8 are available filter options.  What do I need to do to have IE10 as an option?  I had assumed that if IE 10+ was installed, that option would be available since the IEM isn't.
Thanks for your help
Art W
Question by:ajwellman
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    Expert Comment

    IEM is removed from IE 10 and above
    Also windows 2008 R2 GPO console do not understand GP preferences for IE 10 and 11
    The only better option could be install win 8.1 \ 2012 R2 machine as member server and install GPMC on that machine and edit GPO from there and under GP preferences item U will find option there for IE 10
    This will also applicable to IE 11
    You will also find GP preferences item for IE 5 to 9 as well there

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the reply.  Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of installing a 2012 server.  I guess I could setup a Win 8.1 workstation to do it but that is rather not a good option for me.  I have 18 separate campuses that need the same type of setup at this time.  Are there any other options for setting the IE home page for IE10.  Maybe logon script?  I was able to get by without the IEM for the favorites using the Preferrences shortcuts, but need to also set the homepage for the students.  Different campuses and different grade levels get different homepages.  Easy to do last year when they were all still IE9.
    Art W
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    Accepted Solution

    No matter how many GPO you need to setup and at where the users \ computers are located physically, you can setup it with win 8.1 pro \ enterprise full edition from central console.

    What it means, you can download retail version of win 8.1 and can register it for 90 days for free and then install RSAT and then enable GPMC from add \ remove features

    It will allow you to setup all IE versions from IE 5 to 11 without issues

    U can use GP Preferences \ script to add home page via registry
    Another good article

    Author Closing Comment

    Due to budget restraints, etc.  we will use the Preferences/script solution.  It seems to be working and solves the problem for now.  We hope to upgrade to 2012 servers for the next school year.
    Thank you for the help.

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