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comprehensive pre-configuration of IE6 in XP's uA

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How to pre-configure Internet Explorer options:

Here is my reg file (which gets applied at T-13 stage in the uA setup) for IE6 SP2. I suppose all of these settings are self-explanatory.

;All Internet Explorer settings/Tweaks

;Remove Norton Antivirus from IE Toolbar List
;[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar]

;Enable Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
; This one's only applicable to XP SP1

;Disable "Internet Options" from tools menu
;[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions]

; Lock the toolbars
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Infodelivery\Restrictions]
;Enable Splash screen on IE load
;prevent IE from popping-up "this page requires these components to display correctly" for MS and 3rd party apps

;Don't show online content in Media bar
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Media]

;dis-allow spying by web-sites
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\ProtocolDefaults]

;Alexa - info about page you are browsing
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\{c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a}]


;Temporary Internet Files cache settings

; Prune History to only 2 days
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Url History]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
; set the ID for which cookies get allotted
; Never check for newer versions of stored pages

;set cache to 2 MB for this user
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\Cache\Content]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Content]
;and also as a system-wide default
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\Cache\Content]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Content]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache]
;Reduces size of index.dat in cookies
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Cookies]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\History]

[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Content]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Cookies]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\History]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\Cache\Content]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\Cache\Cookies]
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\Cache\History]


; Advanced settings
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"Disable Script Debugger"="yes"
"Anchor Underline"="yes"
"Display Inline Images"="yes"
"Start Page"="about:blank"
"Expand Alt Text"="yes"
"Move System Caret"="no"
"Error Dlg Displayed On Every Error"="no"
"Enable Browser Extensions"="yes"
;Enable personalized favourites menu
"Enable Browser Extensions"="yes"
"Friendly http errors"="yes"
"Enable AutoImageResize"="yes"
"Display Inline Videos"="no"
"Show image placeholders"=dword:00000001

; ------- [ Networking ] -------

;Max your Internet Explorer's simultaneous downloads to 10 (default was 2)
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
[HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]

;Google as Default Search
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"Search Page"="http://www.google.com"
"Search Bar"="http://www.google.com/ie"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search]

;Adds search keywords to Internet Explorer (in this order: Microsoft Knowledge Base, Altavista, Google, MSN, FileMirrors)
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl\MSKB]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl\AV]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl\g]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl\MSN]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl\FM]

; Disable slowish folder view for FTP site browsing
"Use Web Based FTP"="yes"
; Passive FTP (for compatibility with older FTP servers)
"Use PASV"="yes"

;Stores more DNS entries so that your computer doesn't have to look them up as much
;Do not cache failed DNS lookups


Optionally, you can download the reg file itself (if looking through the above code is too much), from the attachment to this post. Note that the 'Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00' header from the attached .reg was deliberately removed to prevent involuntary execution.

This is my way of trying to contribute back to the wonderful MSFN'ers whose help I've been enjoying. If it fitted your requirements, let us know!


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great post! Thanks. I have been searching for a list of common plugins for IE6 and how to silently install them. Can anyone list their plugins (i.e. flash, shockwave, quicktime,etc.) And how to silently install them?

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In my winnt.sif, if I put a long URL, it wouldn't be imported. Short URLs are imported.

For example, the first URL is imported, but the second isn't:



So, this tweak solves the problem:

Thanks for sharing.

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@ prathapml

From your code section in your first post, is the highlighted bit a mistake, should it be HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT and if so is it also the same in the download?

; ------- [ Networking ] -------

;Max your Internet Explorer's simultaneous downloads to 10 (default was 2)

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]



[HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]



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i just want to have 1 question.

this registry tweak contains all the settings of IE6 in the IE's options?

Of course, not *ALL*. But pretty much everything (about 99% probably) which is needed to be configured is on here.

Alanoll and Yzöwl, don't confuse each other. :P

Let me clarify that the first post in this thread, contains it exactly as it is supposed to be. There's no errors in it. :)

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We are not confused, we both agree, as my original posting.

In the registry there are Root Keys, those are [ HKCR | HKCU | HKLM | HKU | HKCC ]

these in full format are






There is no, HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT, only the Root Key HKEY_USERS with a Key .DEFAULT, below that are further Subkeys, the keys and subkeys and are separated in a reg file by backslashes. You have missed out a backslash, haven't you......HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT

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Ah, okay.....

NOW I get what you mean.

Yes, that section _might_ be wrong - but somehow it has done what was expected of it, so I won't change it. BTW, rolling on the floor laughing at this:

It does for about 250+ people now.  :whistle:
:lol: I was stunned where you got the numbers for that from! Then I noticed the download numbers. :P
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This seemed the most fitting thread to dig up to ask my question. I am about to reinstall with my latest uA DVD but I don't want to lose all the cookie-blocking settings I have configured.

In IE if you go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Privacy -> Sites
you can list a load of domains from which you do not want to accept cookies. I cannot figure out how to backup this list. I tried searching the registry for some of the more abnormal domain names but found nothing. Is there any way to achieve this?

Thanks :D

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