10/13/2009 4544 views
hello, just wondering if anyone else has run into this problem. i've given ieak 8 about 4 go arounds now and it doesn't appear to keep any of my customizations. i'm testing it on a vm (shouldn't matter). it's a pretty straight forward app, but every time i go through the process and install the build it's given me in the end, i come up with a pretty standard ie install.

examples: the "free hotmail" favorite in the favorites bar is still there, all of the ms stadard url's are still in the favorites by default even though i've deleted them in ieak, the toolbar doesn't retain any of my settings ( i want help, msn messenger, read mail, and rss gone).

i've also opted to disable inprivate browsing and filtering, although that might be something that's being trumped by group policy. am i missing something or am i the only person in the world who can't use this tool properly?

would greatly appreciate any input.

for the record, i'm using it on xp sp3 x86, deploying to a vm that's got ie 7 on it.
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wow, 34 views and no ideas?
Answered 10/14/2009 by: wafialsafi
Yellow Belt


you are not the only person in the world that has this problem ;) I have the same here but I can give some more details.....

I have discovered that this is only the case when the older version was changed by the user, i.e. I have a clean installation of Windows XP with IE6. When I create just one new favorite and then run the IE8 installation none of my customizations get applied.

When the old IE6 was not touched at all before all my customizations get applied.

Does anyone have an idea?

Your help would be much appreciated.

Answered 11/18/2009 by: 4bidn
Yellow Belt

Does anyone have an idea? MS installation guidelines state that Thou Shalt Not Overwrite User Data/Settings It's a refreshing change to see MS actually following their own guidelines.

If you want to start again (as it were) you'll need to explicitly remove the user data/settings first.
Answered 11/18/2009 by: VBScab
Red Belt

Now I found the reason why it is not working. It is simply blocked by a policy. Check if you have the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions\NoExternalBranding = 1 For my environment it seems to be a group policy as it is always coming back on its own after deleting it and a log off/log on.

This is really a pain. Why should this be restricted? Doesn't make any sense to me.... Or could it be that this is set differently than by GPO??

Answered 11/19/2009 by: 4bidn
Yellow Belt