Group Policy settings for Internet Explorer 8

There are approximately 1300 Group Policies for managing Windows Internet Explorer 8. Configuring these for the first time may seem like a daunting task. This article provides recommendations for the following important areas: security, performance, and compatibility with Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 6.  It also lists all the new Group Policies added in Internet Explorer 8.

The Group Policies are listed with information on the policy setting name, scope, and policy path. The policy setting name gives a short description of what the policy does.

For more information about each policy, please visit TechNet. Group Policies can be set in either Machine or User scope. Machine policy takes precedence over user policy. Finally, the policy path is where the policy is located under the Administrative Templates in the Group Policy editor.

You can also check out Group Policy Settings Reference Guide for Windows Internet Explorer 8 released by Microsoft.

This spreadsheet lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the administrative template files (admx/adml) delivered with Windows Internet Explorer 8. The policy settings included in this spreadsheet cover Internet Explorer 5, Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8. These files are used to expose policy settings when you edit Group Policy objects (GPOs) using Group Policy Object Editor (also known as GPEdit).

Download Page: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Internet Explorer 8.

These links may also interest you:
Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows 7
Group Policy Management tips for IT pros in Windows 7.

Incidentally, Tweak IE, our Internet Explorer freeware tweaker, includes Toolbar tweaks, Control Panel settings, Group Policy restrictions and other miscellaneous settings. You may want to check it out!

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