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

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.

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  1. Andre
    said this on Thursday, October 27th 2011 7:25 pm

    Used Method 1, restarted PC, Worked Great !!, no problems since, many thanks…

  2. Carra
    said this on Thursday, September 8th 2011 11:21 pm

    Outstanding instructions … Zip file solution worked perfectly!

  3. Dave
    said this on Wednesday, August 17th 2011 8:00 pm

    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!

  4. Walt Culver
    said this on Wednesday, August 3rd 2011 4:44 am

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

    Walt Culver

  5. Adam
    said this on Tuesday, March 29th 2011 2:31 pm

    Thanks very much for this information :)

  6. katbird
    said this on Saturday, March 12th 2011 7:07 am

    I downloaded the zip file above and worked fine:)

  7. John Sullivan
    said this on Monday, March 7th 2011 11:29 am

    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.

  8. John Hamill
    said this on Thursday, December 2nd 2010 9:41 pm

    I fixed it:
    Showed how to remove the second TAB with the welcome screen.

    Tools->Internet Options->General TAB->Home page
    Remove second homepage listed by
    selecting it and hit the DEL key.
    Then hit OK

  9. John Hamill
    said this on Thursday, December 2nd 2010 9:14 pm

    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


  10. said this on Thursday, October 28th 2010 6:37 pm

    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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