I need to set the default home page for the entire domain via gpo Where is the ie home page policy?

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There are various ways to do it Will it affect everyone's home page? What should i do if i want a default home page that can be edited by anyone?

If you want to force a home page: (Do what HopelessN00b said)

  • Create a new gpo or modify an existing one (I'm assuming you know how to do this already. Let me know if you don't.)
  • In the group policy management editor, go to user configuration -> policies -> administrative templates -> windows components -> internet explorer.
  • Find the policy disable changing home page settings.
  • Set it to enabled, and specify the url for your home page.
  • Once this applies the option in ie will be greyed out on the client pc

If you want to specify a default that people can change:

  • My preferred method would be to use the group policy preferences to set the necessary registry values (Others may disagree.)
  • In the group policy management editor, go to user configuration -> preferences -> windows settings -> registry.
  • Right click -> New -> Registry Item
  • Action = Update
  • Key Path = Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  • Value Name = Start Page
  • Value Type = REG_SZ
  • Value Data = your Home Page URL
  • On the Common Tab, check Apply Once and Do not Re-Apply
  • This will set the home page by default for everyone but the user will be free to modify it afterwards
  • If you go this route, I also recommend that you set a value for Default_Page_URL as well, without checking Apply Once and Do not Re-Apply. This will give your users the ability to click the use default button in the ie settings and get back to the company homepage
  • You probably also want to delete the Secondary Start Pages and Default_Secondary_Page_URL registry values as well.
  • If you are unfamiliar with these registry values, it would probably be a good idea to open the registry editor and look at hkey_current_user\software\microsoft\internet explorer\main to understand how they work.

Other ways you can set the IE home page:

One thing to note about GPOs: Any of the settings in the "Preferences" sections of your GPO will only apply if you have the Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions and the corresponding dependencies installed. Windows 7-era pcs support this out of the box Windows vista and xp machines however need an update to provide this functionality The full updated machine should already have this installed but if you do a reinstall it will take a few patch-reboot cycles