Customize Internet Explorer XP SP2 pop-up blocker settings

Web site pop-ups can be a nuisance while you're trying to work. But there are legitimate ones you want even if Windows XP SP2 doesn't. Here's how to automatically load them.

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When you deploy Windows XP Service Pack 2, some Web sites will require legitimate pop-ups but SP2 blocks them. If you enter the following registry values, pop-ups will be automatically allowed from the site(s) specified.

To allow pop-ups from all https sites:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\New Windows]
"AllowHTTPS"=dword:00000001

To allow pop-ups from a specific Web site for a specific user:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\New Windows\Allow]
"myitforum.techtarget.com"=hex:

To allow pop-ups from a specific Web site for all users:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\New Windows\Allow]
"myitforum.techtarget.com"=hex:

Note: Please be sure to remove "http://" or "https://" from the address. For example, http://myitforum.techtarget.com should be "myitforum.techtarget.com."

If you have any questions, comments or problems, you can send me an e-mail at ramseyg@hotmail.com.

Greg Ramsey has been working with SMS and desktop deployment since 1998. He currently works for a state agency in Columbus, Ohio. He has extensive knowledge in VBScript (including ADSI, WSH, and WMI), Visual Basic, SMS Installer and batch files. He is also the team lead for creating and managing both unattended builds and image-based installations using SysPrep.

This was first published in April 2005

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