Disable changing Automatic Configuration settings

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer

Description

Prevents users from changing automatic configuration settings. Automatic configuration is a process that administrators can use to update browser settings periodically.

If you enable this policy, the automatic configuration settings appear dimmed. The settings are located in the Automatic Configuration area of the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box. To see the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box, users open the Internet Options dialog box, click the Connections tab, and then click the LAN Settings button.

If you disable this policy or do not configure it, the user can change automatic configuration settings.

This policy is intended to enable administrators to ensure that users' settings are updated uniformly through automatic configuration.

The Disable the Connections page policy (located in User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Internet Control Panel), which removes the Connections tab from Internet Explorer in Control Panel, takes precedence over this policy. If it is enabled, this policy is ignored.

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