Settings are now Protected in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10

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In the latest Windows 10 build released last week, Microsoft finally decided to tighten one loose end in Internet Explorer 11 by disallowing changes made to the home page and default search engine settings by the 3rd party programs. The first time you open Internet Explorer, you will be prompted with the choice between Microsoft’s default setting and your current settings.

The first time you open Internet Explorer, you will be prompted with the choice between Microsoft’s default setting and your current settings. Pick one that suits you better and click Done.

Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10

You can always change these 2 settings at any time later on when needed because the new feature only blocks them from being changed by the 3rd party program. You as the end user still have the power to make changes as you wish.

Change your home page

  1. In Internet Explorer 11, select Tools → Internet options.
  2. On the General tab, under Home page, type the URL of the site you want to set as a home page. You can add more than one URL, or add the site you’re currently viewing by selecting Use current. If you add more than one URL, put each URL on its own line.

  3. Select Apply → OK. You’ll see the changes you made the next time you open Internet Explorer.

IE option General home page

Change your default search engine

  1. Select Tools → Manage add-ons. Then, under Add-on Types, select Search Providers.
  2. Select the search engine you want, and then select Set as default → Close.

IE 11 Search Provider

Note #1 – Microsoft Edge already has this feature built in.

Note #2 – It only works for Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10. It will not work on any previous Windows, which sucks.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. The first time you open Internet Explorer you’re prompted “choose your home page and search settings” In this dialog window the “Done” button is disabled.
    So I can not chose any of the two options and close the window.

      • By openingInternet Explorer as an administrator the same problem still exists. If ssen some posts of other users having the same problem, but have seen no solution yet

  2. Now lets take the scenario of any commercial or education facility that have set a custom Home Page and Search Engine in a controlled user environment. This is now allowing the user to change it. How on earth do we remove this prompt in commercial environments? This is not the same wizard as “DisableFirstRunCustomize”.

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