Microsoft Edge may fail to launch desktop applications

I am Hari from the Internet Explorer Core team. In this blog, we will discuss a scenario involving Microsoft EDGE and Skype for Business. SCENARIO: Skype for business does not launch when you click on the “Join the meeting” option from outlook. PROCESS: Here are the steps the user normally takes to launch Skype client….


Managing Favorites for Edge and Internet Explorer in Windows 10 Preview

With the next release of Windows 10, which is already available through the Insider Preview Program on Build 14986 , we received a new way policy “Keep favorites in sync between Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge” to configure the favorites in IE and Edge. The new GPO is located under: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge “Keep…


How can I removed IE11 from Windows 10?

In this quick post, we will share different methods you can use to remove Internet Explorer 11 from Windows 10 in favor of just having MS EDGE as the only browser. NOTE: We recommend that if you are going to use any of the methods shared in this blog, you stick to one and not…


How to configure multiple Home Pages using GPO?

In this blog post, we are covering a few methods you could used to manage secondary home pages on your environment using Group policy objects. Requirement: To a local or domain administrator and be familiar with GPMC.MSC console and Group Policy Preferences. Method I: The Disable changing secondary home page settings Administrative Template. This policy…



In this blog, we share how you can use Group Policy Preferences / Registry to change your Default Search provider used in Internet Explorer 11. What we will cover in this document: SearchScope Registry and Default SearchScope location Using GPP Registry Wizard User Preferences Registry location Renaming the GPO Warning REQUIREMENTS: To be familiar with…


How can I globally disable the Search Suggested Sites (Stop sending keystrokes to Bing) from IE address bar?

By default, Internet Explorer will provide users with the ability to Turn on or off suggestions while typing in the address bar. In this quick blog, I will show how you can implement a Group Policy to manage this particular feature from IE11. Requirements: Be familiar with GPMC.MSC / GPEDIT.MSC console. You also need to…


How do I know if my SiteList xml configuration is being read by IE?

In this blog, we will cover the following scenario: You have deployed the Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode(EMIE) SiteList GPO and you need to confirm the browser is loading in the corresponding document mode configuration. Use of F12 Developer tool to help you identify which document mode is the site loading. Use of fiddler trace to help…


How to configure Internet Explorer 11 homepage using Group Policy?

In this blog, we will go over the options we have to configure a Homepage URL using GPO for IE10 and IE11. Requirements: Be familiar with GPMC.MSC console and Group Policy Preferences. OPTION I Administrative Template The widely used option also helps prevent the user from editing this Internet Explorer Setting by graying out the…


Using Windows 10 MS EDGE Enterprise Mode(EMIE) to open a site in IE11

In this blog, we will cover the steps taken to configure a site to open in IE using Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise Mode GPOs. OBJECTIVE: To implement Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 Group Policy using SiteList Manager rule to open a site url in IE11 REQUIREMENTS: Be familiar with Group Policies using GPEDIT.MSC or GPMC.MSC…


Description of Event ID 1085 from “Internet Explorer Zonemapping”

In this blog post we explain the Event id 1085 seeing when the Internet Explorer Site To Zone Assignment List GPO is used. This scenario applies to All Internet Explorer versions and Windows Operating Systems(Windows 7, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows 2012 R2, Windows 10 IE11). When you examine the System-Eventlog, you may find…