How do I get rid of "Set Microsoft recommended settings for your browser" in IE 11

Hi.

Seems like every day I get a second tab with the message "Set Microsoft recommended settings for your browser" in IE11 in Windows 10 Pro x64 [fully patched].

No matter what I do, the next time I open IE, this second tab comes up.

This is not in my default home page. I am using start.duckduckgo.com.

Thoughts.

Ed

 

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Hi Edward

My name is Andre Da Costa; an Independent Consultant, Windows Insider MVP and Windows & Devices for IT MVP. I'm here to help you with your problem.

Click Start, type: internet options
Hit Enter
Click the Advanced tab
Click Reset
Click Reset again

Restart the browser then check if it loads without prompting you for the first run experience.

If not...

Press Windows key + R
Type: optionalfeatures.exe
Hit Enter

Uncheck Internet Explorer
Click OK
Restart if prompted

Press Windows key + R
Type: optionalfeatures.exe
Hit Enter

Check Internet Explorer
Click OK
Restart if prompted

Check if its working again.
Best regards,
Andre Da Costa
Independent Advisor for Directly

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Hi Edward

My name is Andre Da Costa; an Independent Consultant, Windows Insider MVP and Windows & Devices for IT MVP. I'm here to help you with your problem.

Click Start, type: internet options
Hit Enter
Click the Advanced tab
Click Reset
Click Reset again

Restart the browser then check if it loads without prompting you for the first run experience.

If not...

Press Windows key + R
Type: optionalfeatures.exe
Hit Enter

Uncheck Internet Explorer
Click OK
Restart if prompted

Press Windows key + R
Type: optionalfeatures.exe
Hit Enter

Check Internet Explorer
Click OK
Restart if prompted

Check if its working again.

I'm trying to avoid a reset unless no other choice.

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Try clearing the browser cache to see if that solves it.

Select Tools (via the Gear Icon) > Safety > Delete browsing history....

NOTE: You can also access this menu by holding Ctrl + Shift + Delete.

Make sure to uncheck Preserve Favorites website data and check both Temporary Internet Files and Cookies then click Delete.

You will get a confirmation at the bottom of the window once it has successfully cleared your cache and cookies.
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Andre Da Costa
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Sorry, but it is nothing to do with browsing history or cache. It's another NAG screen courtesy of Microsoft, because they can't stand the thought of people not using MSN, Bing etc.

I use what I want, not what Microsoft wants me to use.

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Did anyone find a way to remove this annoying nag screen (preferably without removing my other IE settings) ?

I've been seeing this in IE for a couple of months now. It doesn't appear every time I launch the browser but probably one time in every six. Basically it insists that I change my home screen and default search engine to Microsoft products. But no matter how many times I tell it I'm happy with my existing settings, it simply won't believe me.

I've searched the internet (and looked through various menu items etc) but I can't find any obvious way to stop this - AFAICT the only way is to switch to Chrome or some other non-Microsoft browser!!

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Did anyone find a way to remove this annoying nag screen (preferably without removing my other IE settings) ?

I've been seeing this in IE for a couple of months now. It doesn't appear every time I launch the browser but probably one time in every six. Basically it insists that I change my home screen and default search engine to Microsoft products. But no matter how many times I tell it I'm happy with my existing settings, it simply won't believe me.

I've searched the internet (and looked through various menu items etc) but I can't find any obvious way to stop this - AFAICT the only way is to switch to Chrome or some other non-Microsoft browser!!

I see this about as often as you do. I can't find a scheduled task, a startup service or process or an add-on that's causing it. I don't think you can stop it.

Uncheck the items and click Save. Do the same the next time you see it and classify it as no more irritating than Google suggesting, fairly often, that it be my homepage or that I use Chrome instead of whatever browser I'm using at the time.

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classify it as no more irritating than Google suggesting, fairly often, that it be my homepage or that I use Chrome instead of whatever browser I'm using at the time.

Hmmm... good point.! I wonder if there's some 'tit-for-tat' war going on here? It's astonishing that such large conglomerates would have such a petty attitude to their customers.

Here in Europe I've a feeling that the Google/Chrome thing came about because of some EU ruling. So maybe it's a case of politicians interfering in things which shouldn't concern them...

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The thing to me in all this is that, we are in an enterprise environment and take extra care to set things for the users that meet the needs of the organization.

This message is clearly something that might be sent to and addressed by a consumer type user and not in an enterprise, so they clearly missed setting the scan tools to avoid sending this to Enterprise clients.

This has happened  before when we received a clearly consumer update and it was breaking things internally.

Hate having to jump through a bunch of hoops to fix something they broke. It always becomes an emergency for us!

I wish they would quickly acknowledge their mistake and quickly come out with a fix for it.

We still don't have a fix and we are trying to hold up the rest of the organization from getting this foul update. But eventually we won't be able to hold it back.

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Some good points DaveGord but even for a consumer, Microsoft should take note of the consumer's reply. If I respond to say I'm happy with my current search engine etc, IE should respect my reply and not keep pestering the life out of me, time and time again.

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I definitely agree! 

Another thing bothering me now is since this post is on Microsoft's Answer site, I am surprised someone from Microsoft hasn't chimed in here and tried to get some answers for us.

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