How to disable or enable homepage setting in Internet Explorer

winxp, windows xp, microsoft windows xp, boost windows performance, tune xp performance sometimes you might accidently get spyware installed on your computer and it locked your IE homepage to somewhere else. Or may be you will be sharing your computer with your son or kids where they like to modify your homepage setting. You can lock your homepage and make it uneditable. To lock or unlock the homepage, simply follow the steps below:-

– Click Start => Run type regedit and click OK.
– Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel
– Right Click at the empty place of right panel, select New => Dword value
– Name it HomePage
– Double click on the HomePage and enter 1 or 0 (1 = lock homepage, 0 = unlock homepage) as the value


– Next, Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel
– Right Click at the empty place of right panel, select New => Dword value
– Name it HomePage
– Double click on the HomePage and enter 1 or 0 (1 = lock homepage, 0 = unlock homepage) as the value

Once you finish all the steps above, close all your Internet Explorer and re launch it again. You will see the Home Page will be set according to your setting.

Note: If any of the key (example of key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer) do not exists, you need to create them. To create key, just right click on the Parent Key and choose New => Key.

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20 Responses to “How to disable or enable homepage setting in Internet Explorer”

  1. joseph says:

    Thanks for this post, i will try that.

  2. MOhammed says:

    thank you boss 🙂

  3. Jack says:

    Works only on IE, not on Firefox…
    Shareaza put a virus as startpage on all my Browsers…
    Now got it fixed on IE… Thanks!
    GET AWAY FROM SHAREAZA !! or you will get not only a Toolbar but also a new forced startpage on all your Browsers….

  4. Jack says:

    Thanks guy,
    nice from your side, worked well with IE, now I wanna try the same on Firefox to see if it works…

  5. Ujjawal says:

    Do you have trick for disabling homepage for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

  6. mars373 says:

    Thank you so much!! It worked!!
    Yours is the best and only TRULY CORRECT answer on the internet that I could find!! Another less elegant (quickee) work-around to a locked homepage on ie9 is to use View/Toolbars/ command and then access the home icon and reset the homepage there. This seems to bypass the registry lockout.

    For the people with Robin’s 2007 problem out there : you can add the options as new keys and finally add (modify) the strings.

  7. medusa says:

    Thanks, my Lord.

  8. Siraj says:

    So much thanks dude

  9. Jayant says:

    i am having 2 users, one with admin and other limited… above said works for only admin… limited user dont have access to regedit. and was not able to change for that user, although it worked for admin user. please help….

  10. Nivin Mohan says:

    Thanks a lot.. Am not a software guy.. This simple explanation helped me a lot.. Thank you.

  11. mikey says:

    when i open IE8, my home tab opens “” instead of my elected home page, how can i change this and have IE8 open my elected homepage instead? thanks

  12. chua says:

    once u put zero in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel => HomePage, you should be able to change your homepage according to your choice.

  13. steve says:

    Hi There,

    I’ve selecetd Run then typed regedit and clicked OK.

    But then apart from the small blue band at the bottom of the PC disapearing, nothing seems to happen except that this particular web page (ie now gets added to my hompage options also!

    Is there supposed to be a clear option that comes up on screen for “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel” or am I supposed to look this next step up somwhere and if so where?

    Apologies if that seems like a silly question.

    Hope that’s clear, many thanks for your help in advance

  14. lanceyucu says:

    it helps me alot……….thanks for the excellent job

  15. You can try it under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel if you don’t find it under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

    Cool hack! I liked it a lot 🙂

  16. robin says:


    i tryed that but HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\ there is no option for internet explorer… its showing systemcertificates,windows thats all… even in windows there is no interne explorer help me to disable the home page settngs

  17. Grace says:

    Do you know how to ban a page using IE? I’m not talking buot a pop-up, but a site … any idea?

  18. mush says:


  19. sprasannak says:

    That was really helpful

  20. hitepat says:

    thanks a lot
    thanks again

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