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.


To automate the above, use the REG file that I created. Download, 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, 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. 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!

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

    Walt Culver

  3. 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.

  4. I answerd the First Time User questions and then that doesn’t come up anymore.
    Now I get a second TAB when I open a new IE8 windows. The second
    TAB contains a Welcome Screen at this URL:

    I tried the registry settings above but this second TAB welcome screen
    still comes up.

    How do I disable the second TAB welcome screen in ie8?

    I have IE 8.0.7600.16385


  5. 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

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