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Internet Explorer Cannot change default home page

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    Internet Explorer Cannot change default home page


    The IE default home page of Dell Venue Pro 11 is MSN. The link is: MSN.com. The OS is running win 8.1 and IE is ver 11.

    I went to settings of IE from the desktop and changed the default from MSN to Google.com . However this did not work It keeps defaulting back to MSN.

    I did a quick scan with Malwarebytes , no malware that I know of .

    Any advise what to do next?

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    Hello sportflyer,

    You might check to see if you may have an installed add-on or toolbar in IE that is forcing the MSN homepage.
    If not, then you might see if using the tutorial below to specify a default homepage in IE may make it stick.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    The only add on that is enabled is shockwave. disabling it does not solve the problem.
    How do I get to the local policy editor in win 8.1 ?
    If I cant get there I will need the regedit method.

    Maybe I should reset IE ? I wont lose anything as this is a new Tablet. Still trying to find my way around win 8.1

    Tks
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    It wouldn't hurt to see if resetting IE may help.

    If not, then you could try OPTION ONE to see if specifying a homepage will work.

    Internet Explorer Home Page - Specify and Prevent Changing - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    It wouldn't hurt to see if resetting IE may help.

    If not, then you could try OPTION ONE to see if specifying a homepage will work.

    Internet Explorer Home Page - Specify and Prevent Changing - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Thanks. I will try and advise .
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    Resetting IE does not work
    I then tried Registry method .

    After I ran the merge, I see the Internet explorer folder at the specified registry location but inside the MAIN folder , I don't see the that START Page line to make the changes

    Not sure what to do next . Can I manually enter that line?
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    Did you use the .reg file in step 2 that adds it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Did you use the .reg file in step 2 that adds it?
    Yes. I did . I am not sure why the startup line did not show in the right hand pane. . It obviously did merge because previous to the merge I did not have a MAIN folder under Internet Explorer

    I looked at the downloaded .reg file using notepad ++ . It does have the entry "Start Page"=- but that did not take.
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    BTW the link to the IE home page is actually " http://t.dell13.us.msn.com"

    I am wondering whether Dell has something to do with this and wont allow a change ?
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    That would be the .reg file for step 1 instead with "Start Page"=-. That removes it.

    Step 2 would have "Start Page"="" instead to add it.

    Yeah, I would say that Dell added that link as your homepage by default since it's an OEM PC, but you should be able to change it.
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