Configure the branding of Internet Explorer

3rd party vendors like to brand the IE which is delivered with their software/hardware.
You can configure this branding yourself:
  • To Change the IE4, IE5, IE6 title which default is "Microsoft Internet Explorer", go to this registry entry:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER /Software /Microsoft /Internet Explorer /Main]
    Window Title="Your Title Text"

  • To change the IE4 toolbar bitmap, go to this registry entry:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Internet Explorer \Toolbar]
    BackBitmap="c:\pics\pamela.bmp"

  • To change the IE5, IE6 toolbar bitmap, go to this registry entry:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Internet Explorer \Toolbar]
    BackBitmapIE5="c:\pics\pamela.bmp"

  • To change the top right corner animation:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software \Microsoft \Internet Explorer \Main]
    BigBitmap="c:\pics\big_image_start.bmp"
    SmallBitmap="c:\pics\small_image_start.bmp"

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Internet Explorer \Toolbar]
    BrandBitmap="c:\pics\big_image_ani.bmp"
    SmBrandBitmap="c:\pics\small_image_ani.bmp"

    • big_image_start.bmp : 38 x 38 pixel image
    • small_image_start.bmp : 22 x 22 pixel image
    • big_image_ani.bmp : 38 x 1178 pixel image (31 vertical placed images of 38 x 38 pixel)
    • small_image_ani.bmp : 22 x 682 pixel image (31 vertical placed images of 22 x 22 pixel)
    More Info MS KB176713
  • To change the organization name of Internet Explorer 7:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \IEAK7]
    Organization Name = "Your Organization Name"

It is possible to clear these brandings completely, by running this command :

Rundll32 Iedkcs32.dll,Clear

More Info MS Technet

Note Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) includes a new feature called "Reset Internet Explorer Settings" (RIES). To activate RIES open Control Panel -> Internet Options... -> Advanced-tab and press Reset. As the name reveals it changes most IE settings back to default. After RIES is done then it re-applies the branding rules specified here, unless the file have been deleted:

%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\CUSTOM\install.ins

IE7 RIES should only be used as the last resort as it clears out a lot of settings. More Info MS KB923737:
  • Home pages
  • Search scopes
  • Browsing history
  • Form data
  • Passwords
  • Appearance settings
  • Toolbars
Credits PC Forrest

Updated: 23 September 2007

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