How to Lock IE Homepage in Windows 7, 8 & 8.1

Posted by Britt Duncan - July 24, 2014

Sometimes, Internet Explorer homepage can be changed forcibly when you install some programs onto your PC. No matter how many times you try, you fail to reset back the former homepage. In this case you may think locking your homepage is a good plan, so that no one can change your homepage. In this tutorial, we will specially recommend two methods to lock Internet Explorer homepage.

ie google homepage

Make sure that your IE homepage is right before you lock it. If you want to reset your homepage, you can open IE button, select Internet Option and General tab. Then type the desired URL to the Home page box. And click Apply and OK.

Internet Option

Use Group Policy to disable changing homepage

Press Win + R keys to open Run box, enter “gpedit.msc” and click OK.


When you open the Local Group Policy Editor, you need to step by step navigate to the following file:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer

Click the Internet Explorer, then look at the right pane and find out Disable changing home pages settings.

local group policy editor

Then right click the Disable changing home pages settings and select Edit. You will get a new dialogue and select Enabled. By doing so, you can lock the home page settings.

disable homepage settings

Use Registry Editor to disable changing homepage

Press Win + R keys to open Run box, and type “regedit” to the box and click OK.


In Registry Editor window, navigate to the location as below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

If you can’t find the related folder, you can create them in Registry Editor.

Click the Main folder, you will see Start Page option in the right pane.

Double click the Start Page and enter “about blank” or an URL you wish to the value box.

about blank

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