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Published on 06.02.09 by Brent Trahan

Customize Internet Explorer’s User Agent String

Learn how to change Internet Explorer’s user agent string in Windows 7.

This policy setting allows you to customize the Internet Explorer version string as reported to Web servers in the HTTP User Agent header.

If you enable this policy setting, Internet Explorer will send the specified custom string in the version portion of the User Agent header.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, Internet Explorer will send the current Internet Explorer version in the User Agent header (for example, “MSIE 7.0”).

Customize IE’s User Agent String

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Internet Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Customize User Agent String in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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