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For example I want to add Google Search as the default search service to IE. The seven registry entries are below. Do I really have to enter each one individually under User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry? Is there an easier way to add registry entries into group policy?

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]
"DefaultScope"="{3B236023-DA3B-4545-8218-B0D402D2AA87}"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{3B236023-DA3B-4545-8218-B0D402D2AA87}]
"DisplayName"="Google"
"URL"="http://www.google.com/search?q={searchTerms}&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:{language}:{referrer:source}&ie={inputEncoding?}&oe={outputEncoding?}"
"ShowSearchSuggestions"=dword:00000001
"SuggestionsURL"="http://clients5.google.com/complete/search?q={searchTerms}&client=ie8&mw={ie:maxWidth}&sh={ie:sectionHeight}&rh={ie:rowHeight}&inputencoding={inputEncoding}&outputencoding={outputEncoding}"
"OSDFileURL"="http://www.ieaddons.com/en/DownloadHandler.ashx?ResourceId=813"
"FaviconURL"="http://www.google.com/favicon.ico"
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As you mention, using GPP to configure a large number of keys/values can be painful. There are a few options that immediately come to mind:

  1. Put in the GPP registry settings piecemeal. Slow, and kinda un-fun to configure.
  2. Use regedit /s your.reg to slurp in the registry settings file. Not great but it works.
  3. Use reg /add to write each key/value. Like above but doesn't require separate .reg file.
  4. Write an ADM/ADMX to customize the key/values. We chose this route.

This Microsoft support article details the particulars of creating ADM/ADMX files specifically for managing search providers.

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Thanks jscott. Looks like we're going to go with option #4 as well. –  GollyJer Apr 6 '11 at 21:01
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You can define multiple entries with a custom ADMX file. Here's a guide on TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753471(WS.10).aspx

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Place the registry values in a *.reg file then run the reg file using a logon script.

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