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Published on 06.02.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable External Branding of Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable external branding of Internet Explorer in Windows 7.

Prevents branding of Internet programs, such as customization of Internet Explorer and Outlook Express logos and title bars, by another party.

If you enable this policy, it prevents customization of the browser by another party, such as an Internet service provider or Internet content provider.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users could install customizations from another party-for example, when signing up for Internet services.

This policy is intended for administrators who want to maintain a consistent browser across an organization.

Disable IE External Branding

  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 external branding of Internet Explorer in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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