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Homepage set via GPO in IE11 stops the user from going to any website

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  • I used GPO to force my homepage using this template: user configuration-->policies-->administrative templates-->windows components-->internet explorer-->disable changing home page settings

    I set that template to enabled and entered my home page (i.e. http://www.google.com). I restart the computer and log in and the home page is set. When I try to go to www.bing.com I get the following error:

    "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator."

    I Then set this template to disabled and the home page goes back to what it was before and I can browse normally. Why does enabling this GPO prevent all browsing? Is there another setting I am missing?

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:07 PM

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  • Hi,
    I am sorry that the same behavior is not produced in my lab environment, the GPO is working as expected.
    According to your description, I would suggest you have a try to set the homepage via registry, then see if the same problem occurs again or not:
    • Hive = HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    • Key Path = Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    • Value Name = Start Page
    • Value Type = REG_SZ
    Value Data = your Home Page URL
    If that is working, you could use group policy preference to deploy this registry item: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753092(v=ws.11).aspx
    Best regards,
    Wendy

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    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:49 AM
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