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Published on 06.08.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable the Internet Connection Wizard in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable Internet Explorer’s Internet Connection Wizard in Windows 7.

If you enable this policy, the Setup button on the Connections tab in the Internet Options dialog box appears dimmed.

Users will also be prevented from running the wizard by clicking the Connect to the Internet icon on the desktop or by clicking Start, pointing to Programs, pointing to Accessories, pointing to Communications, and then clicking Internet Connection Wizard.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can change their connection settings by running the Internet Connection Wizard.

Note: This policy overlaps with the “Disable the Connections page” policy (located in \User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Internet Control Panel), which removes the Connections tab from the interface. Removing the Connections tab from the interface, however, does not prevent users from running the Internet Connection Wizard from the desktop or the Start menu.

Disable IE’s Internet Connection Wizard

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

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