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Standard users can not change proxy settings after Internet Explorer 7 installation.

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

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Andrei Ungureanu MVP
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SUMMARY
After you install Internet Explorer 7 on a desktop computer, standard users (non-admin) can not change proxy settings. This is not happening on mobile computers.
CAUSE
This is happening because the Internet Explorer 7 sets the proxy settings per machine (rather than per-user) by default for desktop computers.
 
RESOLUTION
In order to resolve this issue you must disable the following Local Computer Policy setting - Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Make proxy settings per-machine (rather than per-user). You must set this policy setting to disabled even if Group Policy console (gpedit.msc) shows this as Not Configured.
MORE INFORMATION
More information about this setting is available in Windows XP Security Guide:

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Article ID: 555850 - Last Review: 01/29/2007 04:38:24 - Revision: 1.0

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2

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