Solved Permanently remove InPrivate Browsing options

May 23, 2010 at 07:33:53
Specs: Windows 7
Can someone please help me remove the InPrivate browsing option permanantly off of Internet Explorer? I've tried several different ways that I've read about on other posts, but none of them have worked for me. I Windows XP for a home computer. Thanks

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May 23, 2010 at 15:08:14
corianntolia
What puzzles me is that you say in #2 that you were still in edit mode. Did you end up with a reg file (not a txt file)?

Firstly go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View and make sure that "Hide extensions for known file types" is unticked then Apply/OK your way out.

Try your reg file again like this:
Highlight and copy all that is between the lines below :

===============================================
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Privacy]
"EnableInPrivateBrowsing"=dword:00000000
===============================================

Now open NotePad and Paste the above into it. Make sure there is either one or two line spaces below the last line (but not more). Give the file any old name and save it somewhere you can find it. Go to the saved file and rename the extension from .txt to .reg then double click the file. Follow all prompts.


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#1
May 23, 2010 at 07:46:55
What "other posts" have you read? Do you want to remove it because you have kids in the house?

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#2
May 23, 2010 at 13:33:14
Yes, I want to remove it because I have kids in the house. I tried this:

Click Start, Run. Type GPEDIT.MSC and hit ENTER
Go to:

User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer / InPrivate

Turn off InPrivate Browsing

When I tyed "GPEDIT.MSC", my computer said it could not find it.

I also tried doing this:
1) Right-click on your desktop and select "New"..."Text Document".

2) Name it to something like "IE8 IPSafeMode.reg"

Note the changed file extension from .txt to .reg

3) Save the change and if prompted tell Windows you know you changed the file extension to .reg

4) Right-click on the file you just made and select "Edit".

notepad should open

Copy the following text and paste it into that Notepad file:

Windows Registry Editor
Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Privacy]
"EnableInPrivateBrowsing"=dword:00000000

(There should only be 4 lines so correct it in notepad to contain only 4 lines.... in this order......
Line 1 starts "windows registry......
Line 2 is open space
line 3 starts.." [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\.......
Line 4 starts "EnableInPrivateBrowsing"=dword:00000000

5) Save the file and then close it.

6) Double-click the file...you will be prompted .. if you want to add those changes into the Registry. Select Yes.

7) Reopen IE8 ....... InPrivate mode should now be disabled.

But when I double clicked on the file, nothing happened. It was still in the "edit" mode and I was never prompted to make those changes.

Thank you.


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#3
May 23, 2010 at 14:12:39
The GPEDIT function is only on Windows XP Professional, not the Home Edition, that's probably why your version of Windows couldn't find it.

All I can suggest is you revert to the version of IE that's standard on Windows XP, which is IE6. That doesn't have InPrivate Browsing at all. You can revert to it by uninstallig IE8, the previously installed version will be automatically re-instated.
If IE7 was installed before IE8, you'll then need to uninstall that as well to get IE6 back.

Of course, it wouldn't take a genius to install IE7 or IE8 again, but you could make your kids use a limited account which bars software installations.


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#4
May 23, 2010 at 14:23:44
All I can suggest is you revert to the version of IE that's standard on Windows XP, which is IE6.

What kind of answer is that? IE6 is NOT even supported by microsoft anymore, it would be like going from a cadillac to an old run down car.

Here is what I found on-line that is supposed to work with XP home:
1) Right-click on your desktop and select "New"..."Text Document".

2) Name it to something like "IE8 IPSafeMode.reg"

Note the changed file extension from .txt to .reg

3) Save the change and if prompted tell Windows you know you changed the file extension to .reg

4) Right-click on the file you just made and select "Edit".

notepad should open

Copy the following text and paste it into that Notepad file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Privacy]
"EnableInPrivateBrowsing"=dword:00000000

(There should only be 4 lines so correct it in notepad to contain only 4 lines.... in this order......
Line 1 starts "windows registry......
Line 2 is open space
line 3 starts.." [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\.......
Line 4 starts "EnableInPrivateBrowsing"=dword:00000000

5) Save the file and then close it.

6) Double-click the file...you will be prompted .. if you want to add those changes into the Registry. Select Yes.

7) Reopen IE8 ....... InPrivate mode should now be disabled.

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#5
May 23, 2010 at 14:31:29
Maybe I'm missing something but doesn't the text in #4 look just like that in #2 which the poster has tried?


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May 23, 2010 at 14:36:38

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#7
May 23, 2010 at 14:47:41
Yeah, even Mary Poppins was only "practically" perfect in every way.


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#8
May 23, 2010 at 14:51:40
LOL....a bit more shape here!

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May 23, 2010 at 15:08:14
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corianntolia
What puzzles me is that you say in #2 that you were still in edit mode. Did you end up with a reg file (not a txt file)?

Firstly go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View and make sure that "Hide extensions for known file types" is unticked then Apply/OK your way out.

Try your reg file again like this:
Highlight and copy all that is between the lines below :

===============================================
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Privacy]
"EnableInPrivateBrowsing"=dword:00000000
===============================================

Now open NotePad and Paste the above into it. Make sure there is either one or two line spaces below the last line (but not more). Give the file any old name and save it somewhere you can find it. Go to the saved file and rename the extension from .txt to .reg then double click the file. Follow all prompts.


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#10
May 24, 2010 at 07:43:33
Thank you everyone for trying to help me.
Derek, it worked when I followed your instructions. The problem before was that I never knew that I needed to do this:

"Firstly go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View and make sure that "Hide extensions for known file types" is unticked then Apply/OK your way out."

Thank you for that suggestion. After I changed that, it worked right away!


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#11
May 24, 2010 at 12:15:27
Good to hear. It is useful to keep that "hide extensions...." unticked and also tick "show hidden files and folders". It's handy to show file extensions because they gives you a clue about what they are and what they do. About everyone on here goes for the above two options.

Just for info, I don't advocate keeping the system showing "protected operating system files" (another option) because they pop up everywhere and get in the way. OK to do so as a temporary aid to diagnostics if necessary but that's all.


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#12
September 25, 2010 at 08:14:41
That is soooo awesome!!! I have been racking my brain trying to figure out how to do that. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!! I have the same problem corianntolia had with the kiddos.

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#13
September 25, 2010 at 12:23:38
SmurfetteW2

Good to hear when any postings on Computing.Net help others too.

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#14
December 8, 2010 at 22:32:35
Thank You DEREK sooooooooooooo very much!!!
I have windows 7 - and, it worked!!!! My Inprivate Browsing is now gery and unusable! I've been looking for how to do that for a long time. You're a genius!

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#15
December 9, 2010 at 06:11:02
Good news then - thx

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#16
December 9, 2010 at 07:47:49
The sad part of it is, all the other browsers now have that in private browsing feature.
All of the above are only good untill the child has someone come over and redo all the settings, it is not a permanent fix. It cannot be removed.

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#17
December 9, 2010 at 10:56:41
Fair point but in the meantime I guess it is better than nothing. Any thoughts on a more viable way forward would be welcome.

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You can't remember what it is that you have forgotten.


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