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Some settings in Group Policy Preferences for Internet Explorer 7 do not deploy correctly to computers that are running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista

Consider the following scenario:

  • On a Group Policy Management server, you open the Group Policy Management Editor to configure Group Policy Preferences for Internet Explorer 7.
  • In the Group Policy Management Editor, you click to select one or more of the following check boxes on the User Configuration\Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Internet Settings\Internet Explorer 7\Advanced tab:
    • Check boxes under Accessibility
      • “Reset text size to medium while zooming”
      • “Reset Zoom level to 100% for new windows and tabs”
    • Check boxes under Security
      • “Allow active content to run in files”
      • “Allow software to run or install even…”
    • Check boxes under International
      • “Send IDN Server Names”
      • “Send UTF -8 URL”
      • “Show information bar for encoded address”
  • You apply these settings to some computers that are running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista.

In this scenario, these Group Policy configurations are not deployed to client computers successfully. For example, under Security in the Internet Explorer 7 Group Policy Preferences, you click to select the “Allow active content to run in files” check box. However, in the Internet Explorer 7 Preferences on the client-side, this check box is not selected after the policy is applied to the client.

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB970840.

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