Old school Windows Domain Group Policy administrators are in for a surprise with some basic Internet Explorer setting changes. As of Internet Explorer 10+, the classic Group Policies for “Internet Explorer Maintenance” (IEM) “Important URLs” are no longer applicable. You can try to accomplish the same effect using new Internet Explorer Group Policy Preferences described in part on the following articles. Location is under User Configuration – Preferences – Control Panel Settings – Internet Settings and there are special keys F5, F6, F7, and F8 to enable or disable different settings for your policy.
- Replacements for Internet Explorer Maintenance (IE 10, technet.microsoft.com)
- IE10 Removing IEMaintenance from Window 7 and Windows 2008 R2 (IE Support Team, blogs.msdn.com)
- Changing Home Page for Internet Explorer 10 through Group Policy (clintboessen.blogspot.com)
- Enable and Disable Settings in a Preference Item (technet.microsoft.com)
For changing the IE home page this seems less convenient than the old way. I guess if you have a lot of complex IE settings to change in Group Policy, the new preferences interface can make settings easier to find. I don’t like the idea of having a separate preference group needed for each different IE version – one single setting might be nicer.