How can I keep the Internet Connection Wizard from running and still let my users access the Internet?

A. Although a policy template exists that lets you disable the Internet Connection Wizard (ICW), restricted users can't run Internet Explorer (IE) until they have run the ICW at least once. If you are using Windows 2000, follow the steps that Microsoft article Q250380 presents, making sure you can view all hidden and system folders so the Default User profile shows up. This approach works well on Win2K but doesn't apply under Windows NT. What follows is one way to create a system that lets any new user create a profile at the first logon and not be forced to run the ICW when attempting to start IE. This fix was designed for single systems that have multiple users with unique logons.

To suppress the ICW when a new user logs on under Win2K or NT, perform the following steps:

  1. Start regedit.exe.
  2. Go to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, Key.
  4. For the new key, enter a name of Internet Connection Wizard and press Enter.
  5. Go to the new key.
  6. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD value.
  7. For the new value, enter a name of DesktopChanged and press Enter.
  8. Double-click the DesktopChanged value and set it to 1. Click OK.
  9. From the Edit menu, select New, Binary value.
  10. For the new binary value, enter a name of Completed and press Enter.
  11. Double-click the Completed binary value and set it to 01 00 00 00. Click OK.
  12. Close regedit.

The system will no longer prompt new users to run the ICW.

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