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Applying System Settings to IE 10 and Above Using GPP
Posted by , Last modified by on 25 August 2014 03:38 PM

With the arrival of IE 10, Microsoft invalidated the old way of pushing settings for users via Group Policy. The halcyon days of IEM (Internet Explorer Maintenance) are gone, and in their place is GPP (Group Policy Preferences). This is a fairly straight forward way to get homepages, proxy settings, and other odds and ends pushed to your users. There are some caveats, which I will cover further in this article. Let's get started!

First off, settings configured with IEM are not automatically removed when you upgrade from IE9 -> IE10, however any changes made to the IEM GPO will not be reflected by the clients and any new users logging onto a machine with IE10 will not receive the IEM settings. Some example scenarios are as follows.

  • If User A is logged onto a Windows 7 machine running IE9 and the user updates to IE10. The settings from IEM will be retained- but not enforced by Group Policy.
  • If User B logs onto the same Windows 7 machine for the first time after IE10 has been installed, they will not receive any IEM settings.
  • If you are deploying or using Windows 8 (which ships with IE10) no settings from IEM will apply, ever.

IEM has been dropped in favour Group Policy preference, Administrative Templates and the Internet Explorer Administration Kit 10 (IEAK 10). This post will run you through a couple of common settings you may need to migrate across. I will cover setting the home page and proxy settings.

Setting Home Page with Group Policy Preferences

Open the Group Policy Management Console and create a new GPO. Browse to User Configuration -> Preferences -> Control Panel Settings -> Internet Settings. Right click and choose New -> Internet Explorer 10.

Enter the URL of the Home page you wish to set, and select start with home page. Notice the red dots underlining the home page entry.

You must press F5 (or F6), to confirm the entry. If you do not the setting will not be applied. Once you have done so, the entry turns green.

Function keys:

F5 – Enable all settings on the current tab.
F6 – Enable the currently selected setting.
F7 – Disable the currently selected setting.
F8 – Disable all settings on the current tab.

Setting a Proxy with Group Policy Preferences

Create or modify an existing Internet Settings policy as explained above, this time head over the connection tab -> Lan Settings.

Specify the proxy, again note the red dots showing that the settings have not been confirmed. Press F5 to confirm.


  • Internet Explorer Maintenance will NOT apply to to Internet Explorer 10 or above
  • You will not be able to modify existing IEM GPOs from machines with IE10 or above installed
  • Press F5 to confirm entries made to Group Policy Preferences Internet Settings, basically- made sure you’re green!

Where is the option to add an Internet Explorer 11 Group Policy Preference Internet Settings Policy?

There is no option. The Internet Explorer 10 option actually covers Internet Explorer from version 10 and above. To prove this and to visually confirm this is the case, create a policy by using Internet Explorer 10 Internet Settings and find the unique ID of the GPO.

Browse to \\DC\SYSVOL\Domain\Policies\uniqueID\User\Preferences\InternetSettings and open the InternetSettings XML document in notepad. Note the 5th line which states version ->

If you’re looking to use Group Policy Preferences to configure Internet Explorer 11, using the Internet Explorer 10 Internet Settings option will work for version 11 and future releases of Internet Explorer.

This article is an amalgam of two articles sourced from The Sysadmins. You can find the originals here, as well as a wealth of other information of system administration.

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