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Published on 06.08.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Changing Ratings Settings in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable changing Internet Explorer’s ratings settings in Windows 7.

Prevents users from changing ratings that help control the type of Internet content that can be viewed.

If you enable this policy, the settings in the Content Advisor area on the Content tab in the Internet Options dialog box appear dimmed.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can change their ratings settings.

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

Disable Changing IE’s Ratings 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.

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  3. Double-click Disable changing ratings settings in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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