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Any solid way of setting a preferred home page during imaging?

Since we're no longer using IE, I do not have a good way to set our home page.

I can't use the Unattend any longer that I know of as it only refers to IE.
CustomSettings is next in priority. I tried to set it there and it didn't work.
Third priority is using a DB which I do not.
Lastly, the Task Sequence itself, which takes priority over all the others.

How would I set a home page as a step in a TS? I've not had luck with anything holding.

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GaryBlok answered

Are you talking about setting defaults for the New Edge Browser?
There are several registry values you can set during OSD to control the behavior, they would be the same ones you would set leveraging group policy
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You're going to want to look at this section in the docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployedge/microsoft-edge-policies#startup-home-page-and-new-tab-page-policies


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Hi,

Thanks for posting in Microsoft MECM Q&A forum.

Based on my experience, it's recommended to use GPO to set your default home page. For more information, please refer to:
Make Bing.com the default home page

Thanks for your time.
 
Best regards,
Simon


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I am looking for a way via MDT to set a "home page" after deployment. I used to use the unattend section
but anymore that is just for IE settings.
I have a default app PS script and set Chrome as default, but cannot set the home page.
I've read that this can be done in the CustomSettings.INI but that never takes.
It isn't really possible at this time to get GPO added as the AD/Server group has many projects in the works at the moment.

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Hi,

Thanks for your reply.

If possible, please help check the BDD.log and SMSTS.log to see if there is any useful information for troubleshooting. Refer to:
Troubleshooting Reference for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Thanks for your time.
 
Best regards,
Simon


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I found a hcrome.reg file from Google Chrome which you apparently set up then have each user run so that it imports the settings you selected prior.

When I run it, I just get some message about the program not being able to write to the folders and Chrome fails to open at all. Im not going that route. I'll keep searching for CS.INI or somewhere in the unattend. Hopefully they will rewrite that to be able to control browsers other than IE now.

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