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:
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
Go directly to home page and apply the policy.