Set default homepage

Internet Explorer

Internet explorer 5.0 or later

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc) and switch to editing any existing policy (or creating a new one).

  2. Navigate to User Configuration\Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Internet Settings

  3. Right click on Internet Settings and select Internet Explorer 10

    Note: You need to select the option of Internet Explorer 10 to apply the settings for Internet Explorer 11 as the same settings apply to Internet Explorer 11.

  4. Settings which are underlined in red are not configured at the target machine, while settings underlined in green are configured at the target machine. To change the underlining, use the following function keys:

    F5 – Enable all settings on the current tab
    F6 – Enable the currently selected setting
    F7 – Disable the currently selected setting
    F8 – Disable all settings on the current tab

  5. Press F8 to disable all settings before configuring anything. The screen will look like: F8 screen

  6. Press F6 on HomePage setting and enter https://www.bing.com/business?form=BFBSPR

  7. Enforce the resultant GPO by linking it to the appropriate domain.

Note: Users will be able to change the home page after this policy is set.

Microsoft Edge

Windows 10, Version 1511 or later

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc) and switch to editing any existing policy (or creating a new one).

  2. Navigate to Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge

    1. D-Click Configure Start pages, set to Enabled, enter https://www.bing.com/business

  3. Enforce the resultant GPO by linking it to the appropriate domain.

Note: Users won’t be able to change the search provider after this policy is set.

Google Chrome 

Windows XP SP2 or later

The latest ADMX files for different versions of windows can be found here.

If the setting described in this section cannot be found inside of GPMC, please download the appropriate ADMX and copy them to the central store. Central store on the controller is nothing but a folder which follows the following naming convention:

%systemroot% \sysvol\<domain>\policies\PolicyDefinitions

Each domain that your controller handles should get a separate folder. Following command can be used to copy the ADMX file from command prompt:

Copy <path_to_ADMX.ADMX> %systemroot% \sysvol\<domain>\policies\PolicyDefinitions

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc) and switch to editing any existing policy (or creating a new one). Note: Make sure that the following folders appear in Administrative Templates section of both User/Computer Configuration: Google Chrome and Google Chrome – Default Settings (users can override). The difference between these subsections is that the settings of the latter section of policies can be changed by users in the browser settings on their computers. The settings of the first section are fixed and even the local administrator won’t be able to change them in the browser.

  2. Navigate to <Computer/User Configuration>\Administrative Templates\Google Chrome – Default Settings\Home Page

    1. Double click Use New Tab Page as homepage, set to Enabled.

  3. Navigate to <Computer/User Configuration>\Administrative Templates\Google Chrome – Default Settings\New Tab Page

    1. Double click Configure the New Tab Page URL, set to Enabled, and enter https://www.bing.com/business?form=BFBSPR

  4. Enforce the resultant GPO by linking it to the appropriate domain.

Note: Users will be able to change the home page after this policy is set.

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Set default search engine

Set default browser

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