NEW Group Policy settings in Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 provides for over 1,500 Group Policy settings that IT pros can use to manage and control the web browser configuration.

Here is a list of all the NEW Group Policy settings made available in Internet Explorer 9:

  • Automatically enable newly installed add-ons
  • Disable add-on performance notifications
  • Turn off Managing SmartScreen Filter for Internet Explorer 9
  • Prevent users from bypassing SmartScreen Filter’s application reputation warnings about files that are not commonly downloaded from the Internet
  • Turn on ActiveX filtering
  • Prevent configuration of top result search in the Address bar
  • Turn off Tracking Protection
  • Tracking Protection threshold
  • Show tabs on a separate row
  • Prevent Deleting Download History
  • Prevent Deleting ActiveX Filtering and Tracking Protection data
  • Install binaries signed by MD2 and MD4 signing technologies
  • Enable alternate codecs in HTML5 media elements
  • Go to an intranet site for a single word entry in the Address bar
  • Disable Browser Geolocation
  • Turn off ability to pin sites
  • Allow Internet Explorer 8 Shutdown Behavior

To add these new Group Policy settings, Internet Explorer 9 installs an administrative template (ADMX file) during normal installation. This file is inetres.admx in %WinDir%\PolicyDefinitions. Internet Explorer 9 also installs a language file for the administrative template (ADML file). This file is inetres.adml in %WinDir%\PolicyDefinitions\LCID, where LCID is a language ID such as en-US.

For more details you can visit TechNet.

Go here to see the complete list of Group Policy Settings for Internet Explorer 9.

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