How To Disable The Annoying Internet Explorer 8 Welcome Screen

If you still have the Internet Explorer 8 welcome window popping up when you open the browser, I am sure you are very annoyed by it since you have to close it every time:

Internet  Explorer Welcome Screen

Internet Explorer Welcome Screen

Getting rid of this screen is actually quite easy. Launch Registry Editor, regedit.exe, from a command prompt, Start > Run in Windows XP or from Start > Search programs and files in Windows 7. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main. You may find that the full path does not exist, in which case simply add the missing keys by right-clicking on the parent key and selecting New > Key. Next, create a REG_DWORD value by right-clicking on the right pane, name it DisableFirstRunCustomize and give it a value of 1 by double clicking on it. You are done!

If you are a system administrator and would like to disable this screen companywide, you can do so by editing a group policy. Launch the Group Policy Editor, gpedit.msc, and navigate to the following branch: Windows Components\Internet Explorer. Double-click on the Prevent performance of First Run Customize settings setting, select Enabled, Go directly to home page and apply the policy.

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