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  • Here is the summary of hot issues about the configuration of Internet Explorer Internet Settings via GPP from forum.

    Q: What can I do when options are grayed out? For example, the options to set cookies under “Privacy” tab are grayed out, so it is unable to configure it via GPP.

    A: We can configure the setting via registry as an alternative way, the values are stored under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3. Privacy Settings (1A10) is used by the Privacy tab slider, more information are mentioned in KB182569.

    In order to apply the configuration in domain environment, we could deploy the registry entry via GPO. If one setting is controlled by a number of registry keys or binary values, then we can export the registry information from a reference PC, then apply the settings to related areas.

    Q: What is the importance of F5-F8 keys?

    A: The GPP doesn’t work even though it has been applied successfully with the help of the command Gpupdate /force. In this case, check if you have mixed up the function of F5-F8 keys:

    • F5: Configure all of these settings
    • F6: Configure just this setting
    • F7: Ignore just this setting
    • F8: Ignore all of these settings

    Please refer to the following article to get more help: Reference link:

    Red / Green: GP Preferences doesn’t work even though the policy applied and after gpupdate \force

    Q: Cannot find GPP for Internet Explorer 9 in a Windows Server 2008 environment.

    A:  Please select the suitable solution according to the case:

    • There’s a hotfix for this issue, see KB2530309, this update changes the values that are used for the internal filter for Internet Explorer 8 so that the settings also apply to Internet Explorer 9.
    • Internet Explorer 9 and 10 GPP settings can only be shown up on Windows 8 (RSAT for Windows 8 installed) or Windows Server 2012 or higher versions.
    • To configure Internet Explorer 11 GPP settings, you need to have Windows 8.1 (RSAT for Windows 8.1 installed) or Windows Server 2012 R2 installed as DC.

    Q: What is the filtering mechanism of GPP?

    A: If the GPP doesn’t apply successfully, it’s necessary to check the filtering setting, Item-Level Targeting which allows to change the scope of individual preference items. It is based on each setting whereas, however Security Filtering and WMI filtering are based on each GPO.

    Q: Internet Settings applied via GPP can be changed by the end user, what can I do to prevent this?

    A: This is by design, but we can manually set the Group Policy refresh interval, shorten the time to make the policy re-applied again and again to avoid this issue. We can configure the three policies:

    • Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy\ Set Group Policy Refresh Interval for computers
    • Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy\ Set Group Policy Refresh Interval for domain controllers  
    • User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy\ Set Group Policy Refresh Interval for users

    We will appreciate if you have some more ideas about solving these kind of issues, please feel free to add your comments here and share your experience with us.


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    • Edited by ForumFAQ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:10 PM update
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:08 PM

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