How to Restrict Users from Changing Internet Explorer Homepage Settings?

In many organizations, administrators want to set a permanent Homepage in Internet Explorer such as their Intranet address and they also want to restrict users from changing it.

Many times some spyware also change IE Homepage to some other URLs and disable the options to change the homepage. So today in this tutorial, we'll tell you the tricks to permanently set your desired webpage as homepage in Internet Explorer and also restricting other users from changing the homepage.

A. To Permanently Set Homepage:

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

Set_Start_Page_IE.png

2. In right-side pane, change value of Start Page to your desired URL, like http://www.AskVG.com/

B. To Restrict Users From Changing Homepage:

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer

Restrict_Homepage_IE.png

2. Under this key create new key "Control Panel". Now in right-side pane, create a new DWORD value HomePage and set its value to 1. It'll disable all 3 buttons "Use current", "Use default" and "Use blank" in Internet Options.

Disable_Homepage_Change_IE.png

TIP: If these buttons have been disabled in your system by spyware and you want to enable them, then simply change value of HomePage DWORD to 0.

PS: If you want a ready made .REG file to automate the task, then download following ZIP file, extract it and then run the extracted .REG file:

Download Registry Script

NOTE: In the above .REG file, We have set "Start Page" to "http://www.AskVG.com/". If you want to set a different webpage as homepage, open REG file in Notepad, change the URL with your desired URL and then save the file.

Also Check:

Customize "Use Default Homepage" Button URL in Internet Explorer Options





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Comments

  • Hi VG,

    I trying to Restrict Users from Changing Internet Explorer Homepage Settings in my PC but I Couldnt find "Internet explorer" folder under path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\ .... i can only see the SystemCertificates folder under Microsoft folder. I am the Admin for my PC and i have WINDOWS XP SP3.

    Can you please advise...

    Thanks

  • VG

    ^^ Create the key manually. :)

  • Great it worked!
    Thanks VG..

  • hi Vg,

    I am trying to use the registry script file that avialable here from download, but how to edit .reg file to insert home page URL of my choice.
    can you please advise.

    thanks
    vinod

  • VG

    ^^ You can edit .REG file by opening them in Notepad. Regarding restrictions, check following:

    http://www.askvg.com/all-kinds-of-restrictions-for-windows-2000-xp-2003-and-vista/

  • Thank you VG... Have a great week ahead!

  • Great! Very good solution.

  • Thanks :) its working

  • I was getting so frustrated with that.I wish I could see their faces when they try now !

  • Thank god for you guys, I have had to use this site a couple of times now to fix my husbands computer, after his home page is changed, and his general settings are lock on the new homepage. All fixed, much appreciated :)

  • Is there a way to have multipal home pages set for explorer?

  • VG

    ^^ In Homepage settings, put desired website links on separate lines.

  • Hi,

    Followed your instructions and it seemed to work but after I closed IE down and started it up again I had the same old homepage i.e. my desired homepage was not saved. Can you help?

  • This doesnt work for IE 11
    can you please help me out..

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