Internet Explorer - Prevent Changing of Home Page

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Internet Explorer - Prevent Changing of Home Page

by Vic Ferri

Question:
Is there some way by the registry where I can prevent my children from 
continously changing our set home page in Internet Explorer.
They know that it can be done by dragging a page icon to the home button and 
also by going to Internet Options
so I am hoping  there is a way to prevent both methods from being used by some 
registry edit because the registry
is one area they don't know about whatsoever.  I am using IE 6 and Windows XP 
Home edition.


Answer:
This is a frequently asked question and the answer is Yes.
Both methods of changing the Internet Explorer home page can be disabled with a 
simple registry edit.

First, close all IE Windows.

Then click  Start>Run and type regedit
Click OK and  navigate to this key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel

In the right hand pane, right click a blank area and choose New>DWORD value

Name it  HomePage   

Double click it and assign it a Value data of 1

Exit the registry and then test the result by opening IE and trying to change 
your home page.
You should not be able to.
If you try to drag a page icon to the Home button, a circle with an X will 
appear indicating the move isn't possible.
If you click Tools>Internet Options>General tab, you will see that the home 
page entry and associated buttons to make changes
are greyed out,   

Notes:

To re-enable the ability to change your home page, just change the registry 
value from 1 to 0.

If all the keys are not present under the Policies key you can create them.  
For example if all you have is
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\
you would right click the Polices key and choose New Key and name it Microsoft
Then under Microsoft, you would create another key
named Internet Explorer and then under Internet Explorer
you would create a third key named Control Panel so that if you copied the key 
name you wouild end up with:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel


The location of the home page entry in the registry is at this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

The string value Start Page in the right hand side contains the url of your 
home page
This is handy to know in the event that your home page is changed through the 
registry.
If that were to happen while you have the changing of your home page disabled, 
the new url
entered  would take over and it would then become that page that you cannot 
change in the normal way.


vic

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