Disable InPrivate Browsing: Windows XP Home

June 15, 2009 at 18:21:19
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition
How do I disable, not close, I mean disable, InPrivate Browsing for IE Version 8 for MS Windows XP Home Edition?

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June 15, 2009 at 22:55:59
Try 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:

Change Is Good

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June 16, 2009 at 14:45:12
Hi Lurkswithin,


Results: "Windows cannot find GPEDIT.MSC..."

Am I doing something wrong?

Thank you, MT

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June 16, 2009 at 15:04:14
Win XP Home Edition does not have the GPEDIT.MSC utilty only Win XP Pro has this.

The search box must be down again as I have posted this answer before.

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June 16, 2009 at 16:35:21
Thanks soupnasty.

Do you have a solution for disabling IE8's for MS Windows XP Home Edition?

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June 16, 2009 at 17:46:36
I do not use Internet Explorer...

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June 16, 2009 at 22:52:09


My bad about forgetting that XP Home doesn't use GPEDIT.msc.

Here is what I was able to come up with:

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]

(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.

Change Is Good

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June 23, 2009 at 14:46:33

Thank you! Your directions were ideal! Thank you for such sufficient detail.

M Turner

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June 27, 2009 at 08:19:48
I followed the instructions but when I double click the file it opens it backup in the editor.

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August 8, 2009 at 01:20:03

You are an absolute star. I've been searching all morning for a fix for this and it's worked a treat.

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