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  • Another group policy that doesn’t work

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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Questions: Win10 Another group policy that doesn’t work

    This topic contains 3 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  ch100 2 years, 8 months ago.

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    • #94722 Reply


      Ok, I tried to set the home page on Edge automatically using a policy setting.

      ; User config (you can do it with machine too, same problem)
      ; Administrative Templates
      ; Windows Components
      ; Microsoft Edge
      ; Set home pages : <;
      [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Internet Settings]

      When you do that, the user can’t change the home page anymore, but it doesn’t show Google. It can show the last setting you had (like an empty page) or the Microsoft Home page with news and other things, plus Bing as search. If you remove the setting, the user can change the home page again, Google might even reappear. If the user already set Google first manually, sometimes it can work, but exporting the setting to another machine don’t seem to work, even when I tried manually setting google first before locking it. I looked on the web and the only thing I found is some people said this setting seems to work only if on a domain (although it is not mentioned in the description of the policy). Good to know.

      I had a similar issue trying to push Google as the search engine for Internet Explorer using the group policy. Internet Explorer would always complain upon startup that something is not the way it should and it would want so bad to put back Bing as the default search engine.

    • #94773 Reply


      Bad syntax?

      • #94842 Reply


        I don’t think so. Tried like the example they give, different syntaxes, one or two home pages, nothing works. There is a gt; in my post because I guess the closing triangle is not translated properly when I post but obviously I didn’t write it that way. I also used the gpedit to do it so no weird registry issue. I am not the only one with this problem so I guess it is a bug. Just funny it always happens when you don’t want to use Bing as home page or search engines…

        I looked at the description in the gpedit and there is no mention thst it should only work if connected to a domain.

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