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Well, whatever your opinion is on this, I'm having problems with it. I recently bought a new Dell laptop and this homepage cannot be changed right out of the box(I tried on the first boot up)
I go into tool/internet options and I have the choice to change it, but after I do so and hit apply, when I reload IE the same stupid Dell/Google homepage loads up? So basically Google has paid Dell to hijack their customers Browsers?
Anyhow, I thought to re-format my hardrive and re-install windows, but I feel that this will be a waste of time because it will just load back up the factory settings, I know I could just use a clean Microsoft xp install instead of what came from dell, but then I will loose media center which is the primary reason I bought this for.
Also, this seems to be blocking me from upgrading to IE7 beta, (which I really like by the way)
Has anyone else had this problem with their dells and IE6? Have any ideas on what else I should try? Would rather not use mozilla, opera, etc.. Thanks
140.562: DoInstallation: Installing assemblies with source root path: c:\dd41dd7fdb52abf21a00dbcf6324\
140.562: Num Ticks for Copying files : 33344
144.468: DoRegistryUpdates:UpdSpInstallFromInfSection Failed for ProductInstall.GlobalRegistryChanges.Install error: 0x5
144.468: INF_REGISTRY Failed
144.468: DoInstallation:DoRegistryUpdates failed
144.578: Access is denied.
144.578: Internet Explorer 7 installation did not complete.
Select 'OK' to undo the changes that have been made.
144.593: Starting process: C:\WINDOWS\ie7beta3\spuninst\spuninst.exe /~ -q -z
191.875: Software Update Rollback has completed with return code 0xbc2. This rollback requires a reboot.
191.875: Internet Explorer 7 installation did not complete.
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 has been partially updated and may not work properly.
191.875: Update.exe extended error code = 0x5
I don't really even care about the homepage issue (really just mildly annoying) but it would be great to be able to install IE7 beta3. Can anyone make sense of this for me?
I was able to change the homepage and install other software with no problems though...
[edited by: BetterSEO at 2:23 pm (utc) on Aug. 14, 2006]
Anyhow, booting in safe mode, then installing IE7 worked, but I still have the Dell/Google homepage issue. No Spybot installed.
Oh well, all i really wanted, was to be able to install IE7 so I guess I will just deal with the homepage issue until I figure it out. Thanks everyone for your help and stories.
And yes, all Dell machines now need immediate formatting before use. You'd be a fool not to do so. Such a shame they have decided to go down that route, I wonder how many customers it has lost them. Reformatting one machine is a pain, but if you are regularly provisioning machines in a commerical or academic setting it's a lot more than a pain.
I wish it was that simple... although nothing so far has worked for me, I think everyone else who may have a similar problem will be covered by the great suggestions so far. Thanks everyone!
Yes, Dell LOADS their new computers with "crap" this is basically my last step in un-crapifying it. Although all that crap probaly helped with the great price I got it for. Oh well...
Start > Run...
Type regedt32 and hit enter. This starts the Registry editor.
In the right pane you should see a value for Start Page. Does it match the value you just entered? You can change that value here.
I'm curious also, after changing and hitting apply, if you click on the Home button, does it bring you to your new page, or continue to load the old one?
That is the messege recieved when attempting to change the start page in regedt32. It does not show what I changed it to via the browser either, rather it shows the same D/G URL
Fotiman, it continues to load the D/G, and not what I changed it to after hitting apply and then home. Frustrating huh?
Yes, I have have searched the web for answers, including Microsoft
No, this is not spyware/adware related.
This problem has been around since the first boot, out of the package, on a new machine. Actually the first Thing I tried to do was change the homepage to my website.
Some background on me-
I actually consider myself somewhat accomplished and knowledgable of windows based OS as well as computers in general. I am quite frustrated and amazed (as well as I am sure you are) that I and others have not been able to solve what usually is such an easy problem to fix (not a knock on the help I have received, I am very grateful to this forum).
So please realize, I am not being reactionary here.
I have tried everything I can think of, short of formatting the hardrive, buying a clean version of XP Media center and going from there(which would be ridiculous for such a mildly annoying problem)
I don't want to get into an argument about weather or not Dell has done this or Dell has done that. I realize others have had this problem without a Dell machine, but they can be put usually within these 2 categories
I also realize that people have bought Dell machines and have not had this problem. Good for you.
This is not my case.
I'm just looking for the answer. If you have an idea that has not been suggested please let me know. If I figure it out, I will let you know.
Thanks everyone, Like I said in an earlier post, I'm sure 99% of the people with this problem will find their answer in this topic. Thanks for all the effort, this really is a great community.
Right+Click on obnoxious URL and COPY it
Click Start --> Click Run --> Type "regedit" --> Press Enter
Do a search for the URL inside the registry. If you find it overwrite it with the homepage URL you desire.
Install Firefox. :)
[edited by: JAB_Creations at 7:41 pm (utc) on Aug. 22, 2006]
First thing I did was make sure it had a driver CD.
Second thing I did was format and install windows before it even booted up.
Seeing the amount of gunk my friends have on named brands I'm so glad I went that route :)
Once again thank you all for your help...I feel this thread is getting a bit long winded with no solution in sight so I'm gonna end it here before we all get too frustrated. thanks again