Disable Welcome Screen in Internet Explorer

If you have the need to disable Internet Explorer welcome Page for All users here’s how you can do it:

It can be done on  a local machine using registry or Group Policy for wider distribution.

Open regedit from the Run prompt and navigate to the following section:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | Software | Policies | Microsoft

Create Internet Explorer folder and under it Create Main folder.

You should have this path now:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | Software | Policies | Microsoft | Internet Explorer | Main

Now, create a new REG_DWORD with the following name: DisableFirstRunCustomize

Set its value to 1

Close the registry editor.

You can also download registry file that can do this for you from HERE.

Now, I will explain how this can be achieved using Group Policy:

Open Group Policy management on your Domain Controller and create a new GPO and link it to appropriate container.

Navigate to:

Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Internet Explorer

In the right pane double-click on Prevent performance of First Run Customize Settings

Set it to Enabled, and select the option to go directly to homepage option.

Hit OK and GPO editor.

On the client machine run gpupdate /force to apply this policy setting.

This method is valid for Internet Explorer 7 and up.

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2 Responses

  1. rob allen says:

    Hello thank you for taking the time to post the solution. However this is the traditional answer most people get. I have to say there is much quicker way. This is it

    Open up Reg edit. ( in the search box) .Next go to HK local machine. Then open up the Microsoft tab. Then open up the main tab. Click on that and then delete in the right-hand pane where it says open page or something similar.

    You will see on the right hand window under the tab called data a web address that will look like Microsoft main page or open page. So delete that and that’s all you need to do it is very simple very easy and very quick. I have Internet Explorer version 11.

    You don’t need to use the more complicated the REG DWORD way 🙂

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