Group Policy preference settings for the settings on the Advanced tab in Internet Explorer 8 do not work as expected on a client computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario in an Active Directory domain environment. You configure some Group Policy preference settings for the settings on the Advanced tab of Windows Internet Explorer 8. Then, you use Internet Explorer 8 on a client computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. In this scenario, you find that some of these settings are not set as expected on the client computer. 

For example, you enabled all the Group Policy preference settings that are related to the Accessibility section on the Advanced tab of Internet Explorer 8. When you use Internet Explorer 8 on a client computer that is running Windows 7, you find that not all the check boxes in the Accessibility section are selected.



Note To view settings on the Advanced tab, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options, and then click Advanced.

For more information about how to configure Group Policy preference settings for Internet Explorer 8, see the "Configure Group Policy preference settings for Internet Explorer 8" section.

Cause

This issue occurs because the settings that are specified by the Group Police preference extension define some incorrect values to restrict Internet Explorer 8 behavior.

Resolution

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to apply this hotfix.

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes


Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MANIFEST files and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting.dll

6.1.7600.20785

1,851,392

20-Aug-2010

04:38

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting.dll

6.1.7600.20785

1,851,392

20-Aug-2010

04:38

x86

For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting.dll

6.1.7600.20785

1,851,392

20-Aug-2010

04:38

x86

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

Configure Group Policy preference settings for Internet Explorer 8

To configure Group Policy preference (GPP) settings for Internet Explorer 8, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start start button , click Run, type Gpmc.msc, and then press ENTER.

  2. In the Group Policy Management Console, right-click a Group Policy object, and then click Edit.

  3. Expand the following node:

    User Configuration\Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Internet Settings

  4. On the Action menu, click New, and then click Internet Explorer 8.

A New Internet Explorer 8 Properties dialog box appears. You can configure settings on different tabs in this dialog box.

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

Msil_microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20785_none_4a6d083d2595793b.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

2,860

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2010

Time (UTC)

05:17

Platform

Not applicable


File name

X86_36df4a423cd03612f9c35abd5d92c628_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20785_none_db105173ead9919d.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

702

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2010

Time (UTC)

09:30

Platform

Not applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Amd64_36df4a423cd03612f9c35abd5d92c628_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20785_none_372eecf7a33702d3.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

704

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2010

Time (UTC)

09:30

Platform

Not applicable


File name

Msil_microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20785_none_4a6d083d2595793b.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

2,860

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2010

Time (UTC)

05:17

Platform

Not applicable

Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Ia64_36df4a423cd03612f9c35abd5d92c628_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20785_none_db11f569ead79a99.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

703

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2010

Time (UTC)

09:30

Platform

Not applicable


File name

Msil_microsoft.grouppolicy.reporting_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20785_none_4a6d083d2595793b.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

2,860

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2010

Time (UTC)

05:17

Platform

Not applicable

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