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 Name Data Type
IE8RunOnceLastShown 1 REG_DWORD
IE8RunOncePerInstallCompleted 1 REG_DWORD
IE8RunOnceCompletionTime (empty) REG_BINARY
IE8TourShown 1 REG_DWORD
IE8TourShownTime (empty) REG_BINARY
IE8RunOnceLastShown_TIMESTAMP (empty) REG_BINARY

3. Exit the Registry Editor.


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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.

32 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!!

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