Fixing the IE7 “runonce” problem



November 16th, 2006

After running the RIES (Reset Internet Explorer Settings) I discovered that every time I opened Internet Explorer it took me to the following page on the Microsoft site:

http://runonce.msn.com/runonce2.aspx

This is the Customize Your Settings page for Internet Explorer 7.  Problem is, some kinda problem is preventing it from being displayed:

IE7 runonce fix

This kinda thing was going to get very old, very fast, especially considering the number of times I open and close my browser.

This fix is quite easy. 

  • Click Start > Run and type the following into the Open box:
    gpedit.msc
    Click OK.
  • Using the left hand pane, navigate as follows:
    User Configuration
      > Administrative Templates
        > Windows Components
          > Internet Explorer
  • In the right-hand side pane double-click on Prevent performance of First Run Customize settings
  • Change the setting for Prevent performance of First Run Customize settings to Enabled and use the drop-down box to select Go directly to home page
    IE7 runonce fix
  • Click OK and close Group Policy
  • Restart Internet Explorer 7

There are a couple of other possible fixes.

First involves a registry edit. 

  • Click Start > Run and type the following into the Open box:
    regedit
    Click OK.
  • Using the left-hand pane, navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  • In the right-hand pane, right-click on RunOnceHasShown and change the value to 1
  • Close Regedit and restart Internet Explorer 7

Alternatively, making the following tweak to the trusted sites also seems to work:

  • Click Tools > Internet Options
  • Click on the Security tab
  • Click on Trusted Sites and then the Sites button
    IE7 run once fix
  • Add the following site to the trusted zone:
    *.msn.com
    Click Add and then uncheck the Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone and click close
  • Click OK

After doing any of the above you will have to reset your home page to whatever it was you used before by clicking on Tools > Internet Options and typing the URL into the Home Page box.

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