IE10 & IE9 Meet Your New Browser Welcome Page and Tab Opens when IE9 or IE10 Starts
How to prevent or stop the "Welcome Page" tab from opening every time IE9 or IE10 is started on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 with or without RDS or Citrix Xenapp.
IE9, IE10 Meet Your New Browser Welcome Tab Keeps Opening
How to Stop the "Meet Your New Browser" Welcome Page Tab from Opening Every time.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10
For Windows 7 and For Windows Server 2008 R2
This solution will work on Microsoft Windows 7 desktop (any version of Windows 7) and I've this solution in a Terminal Server (now known as RDS) environment, actually Windows Server 2008 R2 with Remote Desktop Services and Citrix Xenapp 6 and 6.5. The welcome tab is a nuisance on a desktop computer but it becomes an even greater nuisance when it's occurring on a terminal server (Windows 2008 server R2 with Remote Desktop Services) because the number of users is greater and it's usually a corporate or business environment the server is in. Extra tabs opening on users and getting automatically becoming the active tab may be a problem for users who get confused easily.
To prevent the welcome tab from opening for all users when Internet Explorer 9 or Internet Explorer 10 is started as a published app, in a published desktop, or through a remote desktop connection is to use the local Group Policy Editor. For those of you who have never used the group policy editor, don't be afraid (well a little). Just don't start enable or disabling random things believing they look like a good idea until you are sure what changing their functionality will result in.
Don't let The Group Policy Fix scare you off from trying it.
Use the local Group Policy editor and enable the option - PREVENT PERFORMANCE OF FISRT RUN CUSTOMIZATION SETTINGS . To do this follow these steps and also look at the posted image if that helps in finding the location in group policy.
- Run GPEDIT.MSC from the Start button search bar by clicking Start and then typing gpedit.msc in the search bar
- In the left window pane of gpedit, expand USER CONFIGURATION > ADMINISTRATIVE TEMPLATES > WINDOWS COMPONENTS > INTERNET EXPLORER
- In the right window pane, Double click “PREVENT PERFORMANCE OF FIRST RUN CUSTOMIZATION SETTINGS” (You may have to scroll down to find the setting)
- Set it to ENABLED and from the drop down set GO DIRECTLY TO HOME PAGE.
- That's it for Group Policy Settings, close Group Policy Editor.
Restart your computer or run gpupdate from a command prompt.
The simple steps above will stop the tabbed IE9 or the IE10 welcome page from loading when the browser is started or opened. The group policy setting shown above will, if used with a local group policy editor will work on the local desktop or server like Terminal Server (RDS in 2008).
Similarly, the settings can be deployed domain wide if your are having the same issue on multiple server and or desktops. A Microsoft Active Directory Group Policy can be created to prevent and remove the tabbed welcome page for all computers and servers in the domain or select users and computers depending on the scope of the Active Directory Group Policy and where it is applied in the Active Directory domain. The GPO (Group Policy Object) can be applied at the domain level or individual domain OU (Organizational Unit).
With Internet Explorer 9 or Internet Explorer 10 installed on Windows 7, local group policy can be used on the local computer to stop the IE9 or IE10 meet your new browser welcome page tab from always opening. Just as the group policy editor (group policy editor can be accessed by starting gpedit.msc) can be used on a server to stop the extra tab from opening, it can also be used on a Windows 7 desktop. Go to the same settings shown in the image in this post and follow the same instruction shown above. Be careful not to accidentally change any other settings while in gpedit.
Other Browser Choices
There are many browsers to choose from to use for everyday Internet access. In the end however, the one that has the most support for web based online support software applications is Internet explorer. For facebook and other social sites browsers such as Chrome and Firefox are beyond just usable, they are seamlessly adequate and appear in some case to work better at least in regard to speed. I have three browsers install on all the systems I use. They are FireFox, Chrome and IE. I have my favorite things about each of them but In also know that IE will work most often the way the developer of an online application or designer with some cool stuff on their site is presented will work. Most developers however who are developing Intranet or on-line Internet based on-demand software applications often code their software for IE. The others are secondary in consideration of their total functionality. That is because Internet explorer is the default standard for browsers. With millions and millions of computers online, the majority have and use IE.
Internet Explorer 8 Welcome Page
Citrix Xenapp on Windows Server 2008 RDS
For those of you who have come across this this hub looking for the answer to the Internet Explorer 8 welcome page opening, this group policy setting works for ie 8 too. This especially helps in multi-user environements like Windows 2008 Terminal serverices (RDS - Remote Desktop Services) or in a Citrix Xenapp 6, 6.5, Xenapp Fundamentals.
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