In this dialog box in Internet Explorer® Maintenance (IEM), you can customize preference settings in the Inetset.iem file for the users and computers in your organization. These settings can also be set using Internet Options in Control Panel or using Group Policy administrative templates.

Certain Internet Settings options are only supported in either Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 8. For example, the following Advanced settings options are supported in Internet Explorer 6, but are not supported in Internet Explorer 8:


For this version of IEM, all settings in this dialog box have been converted to true policies that can be managed from Group Policy. These settings are located in Group Policy under Computer Configuration or User Configuration at Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Internet Settings.

You must be a member of the Administrators group to work with IEM and Group Policy objects (GPOs).

To configure Internet Settings for Internet Explorer using IEM
  1. In IEM, right-click Internet Explorer Maintenance, and then click Preference Mode.

  2. In the left pane, click Advanced, and then in the right pane double-click Internet Settings.

  3. Edit the values in one or more of the following dialog boxes:

    • AutoComplete. Use this dialog box to specify whether you want Windows® to complete entries that are typed by users, based on entries they have used before. This includes URLs in the Internet Explorer address bar, paths in the Windows Explorer address bar, and various fields in Web forms, including passwords. For example, if you start typing http://www.micr and you have visited before, AutoComplete will suggest "" In particular, you can disable your users' ability to save passwords by clearing the Prompt to save passwords check box. The settings available in this dialog box are more detailed than the settings available in Internet Options.

    • Display Settings. Use this dialog box to configure various display settings, including default text size, background colors, and link colors for visited and non-visited sites. These settings are also available in Internet Options on the General tab.

    • Advanced Settings. Use this dialog box to configure settings for connections, multimedia, security, printing, browsing, and searching. In addition, you can specify whether you want to enable the Microsoft® VM (virtual machine) logging and Microsoft VM JIT (just in time) compiler features. You may want to disable these features to restrict the use of Active Content and/or to comply with the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration default settings. These settings are a subset of the settings that are available in Internet Options on the Advanced tab. For more information about restricting Active Content, see article 154036 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base ( For more information about default settings, see Managing Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration, (

    • URL Encoding. Configure this option to specify whether to use UTF-8. This enables your users to exchange URLs that contain characters from any language.

    • Component Updates. Use this dialog box to specify whether you want to update Internet Explorer and the cipher strength value in About Internet Explorer on the Help menu. For Internet Explorer updates, you can use the default URL that points to Internet Explorer downloads (, or you can specify another site used by your company. In addition, you can specify how often you want your computers to check for updates.

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