How to Disable Internet Explorer 8 Welcome Screen (Tour and RunOnce) for All Users

When you open Internet Explorer 8 the first time, you’ll see the Set Up Windows Internet Explorer 8 screen asking you to configure the search and accelerator settings. After configuring the settings, a new tab window opens automatically, redirecting to Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Website. This article tells you how to disable the Internet Explorer 8 Tour (Set up & Welcome screen) for all user accounts.

Method 1

1. Use the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) and navigate to the following branch:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Main

2. Create registry values as per the table below:

Value NameDataType
IE8RunOnceLastShown1REG_DWORD
IE8RunOncePerInstallCompleted1REG_DWORD
IE8RunOnceCompletionTime(empty)REG_BINARY
IE8TourShown1REG_DWORD
IE8TourShownTime(empty)REG_BINARY
IE8RunOnceLastShown_TIMESTAMP(empty)REG_BINARY

3. Exit the Registry Editor.

To automate the above, use the REG file that I created. Download ie8-tour-disable.zip, unzip and run the file ie8-tour-disable.reg. Note that the setting only effects the current user account. To apply the change to every other users, you may deploy this REG file via registry RunOnce or using Group Policy.

Method 2

1. Use the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) and navigate to the following branch:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Main

Note: The above branch does not exist by default, and have to be created manually or by running the REG file available at the end of this article.

2. Create a REG_DWORD value named DisableFirstRunCustomize

3. Double-click DisableFirstRunCustomize and set its value data to 1.

4. Exit the Registry Editor.

To automate the steps in Method 2 above, download gpo-ie8-tour-disable.zip, unzip and run gpo-ie8-tour-disable.reg. To reverse the changes made in Method 1 & Method 2, run the file Undo.reg enclosed within the zip file.

Using Group Policy Editor

If your version of Windows includes the Group Policy Editor, you can modify this setting using these steps:

1. Launch the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

2. Expand the following branch:

Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Internet Explorer

3. Double-click Prevent performance of First Run Customize Settings

4. Set it to Enabled, and select Go directly to home page.

5. Click Apply, close the dialog and exit the Group Policy Editor.

About the author

Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

29 thoughts on “How to Disable Internet Explorer 8 Welcome Screen (Tour and RunOnce) for All Users

  1. Rats! Upon fresh system boot this morning (Monday) that blasted tour was back despite applying manual method #2 above. Figures you’d have to use a hammer to kill a gnat – but it’s Microsoft, so should probably have been expected ;-\

    Used automated method #2 this morning followed by GPO fix as well.

    Thanks again for all the great info on your site.

  2. Had to re-install IE 8 due to something correupted and got the “nag” screen. I used method 2 and it worked like a charm. THANKS MUCH!!

  3. I downloaded the ie8-tour -disable.zip and unziped and ran ie8-tour-disable.reg. It started to run but stoped 3/4 of the way and stoped and went back to the run screen. It would not completely run this download. Do you know why?

    Thanks

    larry

  4. I have been putting up with this screen for some time. I one minute I was rid of it.

    Usually Microsoft has a place on the screen stating, “Don’t display this again”. What the hell happened here.

    Anyway, many thanks.

  5. May GOD bless you and your knowlege…
    Thank you soooo much….
    I don’t mean to abuse, but do you also know how
    to get rid of VUZE toolbar in Google Crome?

  6. Before I do this can anybody tell me which system this fix is for? I’m running Windows XP Home SP3 x86

    Thanks!

  7. Thanks for solving the irritating default display everytime. It should have been named as ‘Microsoft Embedded Virus’!

  8. Thank you for this it worked perfectly. I had just spent several hours debugging through some code had found the bug and the IE tour wizard popped up and broke the debugging session! M$ just can’t help themselves can they! This is the whole “Clippy” nonsense all over again – annoying features that nobody wants or needs!

  9. Thanks — I downloaded the little program under Method 2 and ran it, and the problem is gone.

    Walt Culver

  10. Thank you for the fix to Stop the Welcome to IE8 message. I used the zip file as I’m not real comfortable editing the registry. Microsoft seems to love to make simple tasks hard. Prior to this I had to remove a Thank you for your recent purchase of a Dell computer message tied to MSN. Appreciate the help to us average users.

  11. i just did the first 2 registry fixes. worked like a charm. As far as microsoft is concerned, we just have to accept them just the way they are. And hack around them

  12. Thank you so much for this help.
    The automated procedure worked perfectly, an I did remember to reboot, providing the first time since I intalled Windows 7 on to my machine that I did not have to look at that awful IE 8 window !

  13. So, after enabling these regedits, what settings will IE use (for accelerators, search engines…) on new user profiles created? I don’t want it to default to using the accelerators…

  14. This is really fantastic. Hi 5 on this one, it just worked great on my PC. That ____IE8 pop-up screen is just gone forever. Thanks for the share.

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