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Published on 06.04.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Changing Default Browser Check in Internet Explorer

Learn how to prevent changing Internet Explorer’s default browser check settings in Windows 7.

Prevents Microsoft Internet Explorer from checking to see whether it is the default browser.

If you enable this policy, the Internet Explorer Should Check to See Whether It Is the Default Browser check box on the Programs tab in the Internet Options dialog box appears dimmed.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can determine whether Internet Explorer will check to see if it is the default browser. When Internet Explorer performs this check, it prompts the user to specify which browser to use as the default.

This policy is intended for organizations that do not want users to determine which browser should be their default.

The “Disable the Programs page” policy (located in \User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Internet Control Panel), which removes the Programs tab from Internet Explorer in Control Panel, takes precedence over this policy. If it is enabled, this policy is ignored.

Prevent Changing Internet Explorer’s Default Browser Check Settings

  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 Disable changing default browser check in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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