Earlier we covered some tips about the InPrivate feature in Internet Explorer 8. Here is another tip (a registry edit) to start Internet Explorer in InPrivate Browsing mode when the user clicks on the Start menu Internet icon.

Browse in InPrivate mode – Set as default action

Download ie8-sm-inpriv.zip, unzip/extract the contents to a folder. Double-click ie8-sm-inpriv.reg to merge the contents to the registry.

This adds the Browse in InPrivate mode option to the right-click menu of Internet Explorer icon in the Start menu, and sets it as the default action.

More Information

The REG file adds the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Clients \ StartMenuInternet \ IEXPLORE.EXE \ shell \ private \ command

and sets the following command for the (default) value

%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe -private

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  1. said this on Friday, March 11th 2011 10:28 pm

    For Security reason, put the path in double quotes, as shown below:
    “%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” -private

  2. anis
    said this on Friday, November 12th 2010 8:10 pm

    does it work on Windows 7 ???

  3. John
    said this on Wednesday, March 31st 2010 5:53 pm

    Thanks!!! This registry hack works perfectly on my XP Pro SP3 machine.

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