For several years, Microsoft has provided the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) to create custom installation packages with your own options and settings; that's no different with Internet Explorer 7, as you can download the IEAK via http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/bb219543.aspx. But what about Windows Vista, where Internet Explorer 7.0 is built in? In those cases you don't want to (and actually can't) reinstall Internet Explorer with your customized version. So what do you do?
Well, there are four options:
All of these options are explained in more detail in the Internet Explorer 7 Deployment Guide, a 156-page document describing everything about the IE deployment process, as well as in the IEAK documentation.
Let's explore the fourth option a little more for a particular scenario: You want to include all the necessary Internet Explorer settings in your custom Windows Vista image, which you are building with Microsoft Deployment using a Lite Touch task sequence. How do you go about doing this? Here's the basic step-by-step process:
At this point, the specified build directory will contain an "IEBrand.msi" file that can be installed as part of a Microsoft Deployment Lite Touch task sequence. Follow these steps to set it up:
That's all it takes. Now the settings you specified will be applied to each new user that logs onto the computer.