Configuring IE homepage for deployment

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 6 June 2012 / Last Updated on 6 June 2012]

Here’s a tip from a WN reader on how to configure the Internet Explorer home page when customizing the default user profile for deploying Windows using MDT 2010.

The following a tip from WN reader Niko Mäkinen, used with permission. It describes how to configure the Internet Explorer home page when customizing the default user profile for deploying Windows using MDT 2010. 

I was reading your article

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Customizing-Default-User-Profile-Windows-7-Part4.html and I was having same issue with IE explorer homepage as you did, Issue #1: Configuring the IE Home Page.

After few days struggling I found a solution which works at least in my Fujitsu Lifebook laptops and IE9. It looks like that when first starting IE as new user it reads configuration not from default users profile but from file C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\SIGNUP\install.ins or  C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\SIGNUP\install.ins

What I did was configured all IE settings, exported new install.ins by gpedit.mcs and replaced old files by that. Now after sysprep all users get settings I want from that file.

Hope this was helpful and thanks for the great article. It helped me a lot in other issues.

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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