Script or executable to set homepage for default browser, and auto-load browser on PC startup

We're launching our new company intranet soon and to ensure that everyone uses it (or at least see's it), we'd like to create an automated procedure for changing the default browser's (IE11, FF, Chrome) homepage to the new URL for the intranet.  We'd also like to make the browser load on computer startup.

Is there a way to do this via a batch or VB script, executable or GPO?

Also - one of our offices uses Macs... Is there a Mac equivalent to this?  They mostly use Safari or Chrome.
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Walter CurtisSharePoint AEDCommented:
This is doable with a GPO. Use the internet admin template and your usual GPO procedure.

Hope that helps...
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Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
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Reece DoddsAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys.

I had a feeling that GPO's would be the easiest way to enforce the home/start page change.
One small problem though - not all of our offices are running Server 2012 or above and some aren't even running a DC.  Those few only have 3-4 staff and are just running standalone desktops.

So I was hoping to create a compressed package for them to download with a few shortcuts (.lnk), registry fixes, VB scripts and the like all to run from a single batch file.

I have the shortcut, the icon, a registry tweak for IE, a batch script for FF and I was going to create a batch file to automate the procedure.  But I'm missing a start page modifier for Chrome.
And maybe there's a better way to do all of it...  because the batch file will need to be run with administrative privileges.
I'd like to make it as seamless and easy as possible for those staff that are not very computer literate.

Package contents so far...
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Reece DoddsAuthor Commented:
vbs & bat scripts and GPO's.  For everyone else, I've just created a set of instructions and posted it where they can read if they want.
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