I just upgraded to IE 8 on our Terminal Server, but it asks everyone for search engine, turn on/off suggestions, etc.

Is there a way I can force one default setting for everyone through Group Policy?

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You sure can. In your Group Policy Editor

Go to

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer

and set

Prevent performance of First Run Customize Settings



You can aso then set whether the browser will display the your default home page, or the 'Welcome to IE' page.

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  • That setting is actually under User Configuration. – joeqwerty Dec 29 '09 at 0:58
  • Also: Duh! I don't know why I didn't think of using the GPO setting instead of a reg hack. – joeqwerty Dec 29 '09 at 1:04
  • Have another look. It's under both. – LukeR Dec 29 '09 at 1:05

Well I don't know about setting any particular default settings but you can disable the first run wizard by putting the following into a reg file and importing it to the terminal server:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main] "DisableFirstRunCustomize"=dword:00000001

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