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GPO Reporting Tools Show Differences Between Polices
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Published on 11/23/2006
 
When polices that were applied to earlier versions of Internet Explorer are applied on computers that are running Internet Explorer 7, GPO Reporting tools show that some policies are disabled.

GPO Reporting Tools Show Differences Between Polices

Some Group Policy functionality has been enhanced in Internet Explorer 7 for Microsoft Windows XP and in Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista. These enhancements may cause GPO reporting tools to show the following issues: When polices that applied to earlier versions of Internet Explorer are applied on computers that are running Internet Explorer 7, GPO Reporting tools show that some policies are disabled.

You can use a set of Internet Explorer policies to prevent a user from changing the state of a feature. You cannot use these polices to turn on or to turn off a feature. These policies were originally created for an earlier version of Internet Explorer. If you apply these policies on a computer that is running Internet Explorer 7, GPO reporting tools indicate that these polices are disabled. For example, this issue applies to the following policies: Disable AutoComplete for forms
Turn on the auto-complete feature for user names and passwords on forms
 
When some policies that originally applied to earlier versions of Internet Explorer are applied on computers that are running Internet Explorer 7, GPO Reporting tools show that some extra registry keys have been created. These extra keys have blank values. You can configure these policies to specify a registry value for these extra keys when you apply the policies on a computer that is running Internet Explorer 7. However, the values for the extra registry keys remain blank. The status of the policy is shown correctly. For example, this issue applies to the following policies:

Disable changing home page settings
Disable configuring history
Check for signatures on downloaded programs