You cannot change your home page in Internet Explorer 8 or in Internet Explorer 7
When you use Windows Internet Explorer 8 or Windows Internet Explorer 7, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
- Your Internet Explorer home page has been changed to a different website than the one that you selected.
- You cannot change your home page selection to the website that you want.
- You reset your home page to the website that you want in Internet Options. However, after you restart the computer, your home page selection has again been changed to a different website.
This problem can occur for several reasons. Your computer may be infected with a virus, malicious code may have been run on the computer, or you may have installed third-party software that changed your home page setting.
Before you use the method that is described in this article, make sure that your computer has not been infected with a virus or malicious code by running an antivirus program. For more information, visit the following Microsoft website:
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To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it
button or link. Then click Run
in the File Download
dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it
- This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
- If you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem.
Then, go to the "Did this fix the problem?
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To fix this problem manually, follow these steps:
- Click Start, in the Start Search box, type regedit.
- In the Programs list, click Regedit.exe.
- If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or click Continue.
- Locate and then right-click the following registry subkey:
- Click Delete.
- Locate and then check the following three registry subkeys, and then change the values of the Default_Page_URL and Start Page entry to your desired website.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
- HKEY_ LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
- HKEY_USERS\Default\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
- Restart the computer.
Did this fix the problem?
- Check whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this section. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support.
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