The Automatically Detect Settings feature is turned on even with restricted access in Internet Explorer 6


When you view the options in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, the Automatically Detect Settings setting may be set even though this feature was turned off earlier.


This problem occurs because you click the Detect Network Settings link on the page that you received for a bad link or a missing server.


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 this specific problem.

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, submit a request to 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 Web site: Note 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.

This hotfix prevents the Automatically Detect Settings setting from changing when you click the Detect Network Settings link. This hotfix only works on computers where Group Policy prevents access to the Connections tab or prevents you from configuring this setting. After you apply this hotfix, Internet Explorer looks for the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel\ConnectionsTab

    To hide the Connections tab, set the value of this DWORD to 1.
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel\Autoconfig

    To disable the Automatically Detect Settings check box, set the value of this DWORD to 1.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.

Date Time Version Size File name
25-Mar-2004 22:13 6.0.2800.1413 291,840 Inetcpl.cpl
25-Mar-2004 22:11 6.0.2800.1413 1,340,416 Shdocvw.dll


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

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