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Unable to edit registry.

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    win 8 / win 7

    Unable to edit registry.


    IE occasionally loses the homepage setting and it goes to "about blank". I found a fix on a forum that explained how to edit the start page key in the registry. This has worked OK for me a couple of times but since 8.1 upgrade the registry will not accept any changes. Tried following the permissions change as in How do you make changes to thge registry in Windows 8 but still not accepting the new value. May be a coincidence with the upgrade but it's worked before. Have done a system scan to check for malware etc and nothing showing (Bitdefender). Any ideas?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Mal,

    It sounds like you may need to take ownership of the Main key in the registry first, set permissions second, then you should be able to modify the Start Page string value.


    Internet Explorer Home Page - Add or Change - Windows 7 Help Forums

    (Main Home Page)
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    Start Page string value (right pane)


    (Secondary Home Pages)
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    Secondary Start Pages string value (right pane)


    If the above fails, then you might see if you may be able to specify a default home page instead.

    Internet Explorer Home Page - Specify and Prevent Changing - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    win 8 / win 7


    Thanks Shawn - solved.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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