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Internet Explorer Cannot change default home page

  1. #11


    Any idea why the start page did not not merge ?

    Can I manually add a second line to the main folder content that says :

    Name=start page Type= REG_SZ , value = Google

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  2. #12


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    It sounded like you used the .reg file from step 1 instead of step 2.

    You could right click on an empty space on the right side, click on New and String Value, type Start Page for the name, and press Enter to manually add it.
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  3. #13


    I found an entry that has a Start Page inside the folder MAIN

    Indeed Dell13.msn.com was the value. I modified it to google .com

    However on restart of IE , the value changed back to Dell ???

    I am puzzled. Something is overriding my value.
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  4. #14


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    How does it work using the method in the tutorial to specify a home page?
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  5. #15


    Yes finally it worked by using the second .reg file which changed the IE policy keys

    Thank you so much for your help .
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  6. #16


    Oops , I spoke too soon. The changes works when I click on the IE link at the Desktop. But clicking on the IE icon in the Metro UI is still going to MSN . I thought the changes will also reflect over to the metro UI ?
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  7. #17


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    Well, normally it should.

    Use the Find and Find Next feature in Registry Editor to search for all instances of this Dell13.msn.com homepage, then change any found to the homepage you wanted instead to see if one of them is the culprit overriding your settings.
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  8. #18


    I fixed it by checking the box "open in desktop " in the general tab if IE options.

    Now it works as desired. However I will still search and replace all instances of dell13.msn with my desired opening page.

    Thanks so much for your help.
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  9. #19


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    You're most welcome. Please let us know how it went with the search and replace.
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  10. #20


    The only instance I found with search and replace is the same original start up in IE Main key. However I tried to replace that with Google but it still reverts back to msn like before The IE policy changes seems to overide that so its working as indicated above. I am afraid to delete that Startup key.

    BTW I am unable to add a new post on a different topic in the General Help Forum . When I click on add new post , I get to the page. However after I enter the topic , the main page for the message is unavailable ie "grayed out" Not sure what to do .
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