Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by me? Why not!

It’s been a busy summer for me, but I wanted to make sure I got something out there so I thought I’d drop a quick one for you guys and hopefully it helps someone else who possibly annoyed by it.

I had a friend who bought a Dell laptop (great laptop by the way), but it came with one annoyance that he wanted help with. Here’s a picture of his browser, let’s see if you can pick out the issue. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

If you said the annoyance was that the homepage was set to http://www.dell.com that is a bit of an annoyance, but that’s easy enough to deal with. If you said that the window title for every web page you go to ends with ” – Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by Dell, Inc.” you’d be right. It is annoying isn’t it? The good news is that it’s pretty easy to fix if you have the appropriate rights on your box. 

Specifically, you’ll need to have the ability to modify your registry. You can screw your machine up pretty quickly by tinkering around in the registry, but this is very straightforward. Basically, all you have to do is follow these steps:

1. Run regedit.exe to view the contents of your registry. The machine’s registry is a hierarchical structure details all sorts of stuff that you can mess up so be careful!

2. Browse through the hierarchy to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

3. Once you’re there on the hierarchy on the left, you’ll see a list of keys and thier values on the right. Find the key labeled “Window Title”. When I saw his, it read “Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by Dell, Inc.”. Change that value to whatever you want.

4. If you have any Internet Explorer windows open, close them all and re-open IE. Voila! The text you had has been replaced. No muss, no fuss!

Hope this helps someone.

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