Set Internet Explorer as Default Browser in Group Policy - Internet Explorer Maintenace no longer available RRS feed

  • Question

  • Our client systems using Internet Explorer 10 and 11 need to have their Internet Explorer browser set to the Default Browser by Group Policy. There is the eHow article, www [please note that I had to take out the . on the www to keep the link from being blocked in this post ] , but this only applies up to Internet Explorer 9.  Internet Explorer 10 and 11 deprecated the IEM utility ( and still asking why, why, why ). So, the eHow article is no longer the solution.

    Anybody know of a another way?  Even if it is a registry modification - push via Group Policy solution ( like the Enable All Cookies capability is now )....... ?

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:11 PM


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  • Hi,

    IE will prompt with an Information bar if it is not the default web browser and if "Tell me if Internet Explorer is not the default web browser" is checked.

    It appears that you are correct and the GPO setting has been removed.

    I have raised an issue ticket at the IE feedback portal about the issue referring back to this thread.

    that's about all we can do....(these are public forums, we do not work for nor represent MS)

    the previous adm file templates should still work....

    a workaround could be to extract the template entries from an IE8 adm file and then merge them with your new IEx adm files.

    As a workaround I would suggest that you download and install the portable versions of the webkit and gecko browsers from (which do not have access to the registry and so cannot be set as the default web browser). An added advantage of the portable verisons is that they do not have the Google tracking enabled by default.


    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:03 AM
  • Hi,

    Make IE as default broswer


    Andy Altmann
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:29 AM
  • Does anyone know how to set IE as the default browser for all the computers in a domain?

    You cannot use IE Maintenance anymore with the new Advanced GP Management and cannot add it.


    Thursday, May 29, 2014 7:46 PM
  • Can you do this in a group policy with the new Advanced Group Policy Management that does not have Internet Explorer Maintenance


    Monday, June 9, 2014 3:49 PM
  • Hi,

    Please execute this script "VBS"; or modify the registry 'inside the script there is the path of registry"

    Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")










    • Proposed as answer by TEKENSKY Monday, June 23, 2014 1:35 PM
    Tuesday, June 17, 2014 9:28 AM
  • This works great on Windows 7 but it has issues on Windows 8.1

    In Windows 8.1 when I open a link after rebooting and getting the policy applied it asks me how I want to open the link and gives me the program list to select from.


    Thursday, June 19, 2014 4:11 PM
  • I have the same issue but to resolve this issue, , I have created a new script for Windows 8 and you need to generate a new hash for each machine but I don't know how doing it and I'm blocked in it.

    Friday, June 20, 2014 1:20 PM
  • Any update on this?

    I noticed that Microsoft marked this as answered when there is still no solution that I can see.

    I also need to make IE 11 the default browser for our enterprise and force users to not change it even if they load chrome or firefox.

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:19 PM
  • Any update on this?

    I found one on Connect which was Closed: No repro

    but before closing this comment was given
    Below are a couple of links with the steps to set advanced settings in IE by Group Policy Objects and registry settings for IE.


    Robert Aldwinckle

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 3:51 PM