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Administering Microsoft Internet Explorer on Windows 2000 and Windows XP

You can use Group Policy to customize Microsoft Internet Explorer on Windows 2000 and Windows XP computers after deployment. For example, you can set the user's home page and customize the user's favorite links. Group Policy enables Windows 2000 and Windows XP administrators to control settings for users and computers across sites, domains, and organizational units.

The method for starting Group Policy depends on the type of group that you want to administer. For more information about starting Group Policy, see Group Policy online Help in Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

To use Group Policy to maintain and customize Internet Explorer

  1. In Group Policy, click User Configuration.

  2. Click Windows Settings, and then click Internet Explorer Maintenance.

  3. Click the icon for the feature area you want to change.

  4. Double-click the title of the feature you want to administer.

  5. Change the settings you want.

Note Note 

  • If you are using the IEAK Profile Manager to administer Internet Explorer on other platforms with automatic configuration, you might want to export your Group Policy settings to an .ins file, and if applicable, to cabinet (.cab) files. That way, if you configure settings on Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you do not need to configure the settings again for use with other platforms.

  • If you are using the OEM Preinstallation Kit, you can use the Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard to customize Windows 2000 or Windows XP before deployment.

  • If you are using the Windows 2000 or Windows XP unattended Setup, you can use the IEAK Profile Manager to generate files needed for branding the browser. For more information, consult your Windows 2000 or Windows XP documentation.

To export Group Policy settings for Internet Explorer

You can use Group Policy in Windows 2000 or Windows XP to export all of the Internet Explorer settings to an .ins file, and if necessary, to cabinet (.cab) files. These settings can then be used to automatically configure computers that run other operating systems.

To export Internet Explorer settings in Windows 2000 or Windows XP

  1. In Group Policy, click User Configuration.

  2. Click Windows Settings, and then right-click the Internet Explorer screen that contains the settings you want to export.

  3. Click Export Browser Settings.

  4. Type the name of the .ins file and, if applicable, the names of the .cab files where you want to export the settings.

  5. Type the URL where the files are located on the Web server.

Using Group Policy to configure features

You can customize and administer the following areas using Group Policy:

  • The user interface and the appearance of the browser

  • Connection settings, such as dial-up and local area network (LAN) connections, and user agent strings

  • Custom URLs, such as favorites, the search bar, and the home page

  • Security settings, such as security zones and content ratings

  • The default programs for common Internet tasks, such as reading e-mail and viewing newsgroups

Important Important 

  • Regardless of the installation options you configure for your package, the Windows Update Setup presents only one installation option to users running the Windows 2000 or the Windows XP operating system. This installation option includes the full set of Microsoft Internet components, along with all custom components included in your package.

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