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    Documenting IE Options (any)

    I wonder whether anyone has come across a program which would list all the options that have been chosen (or defaulted) in Internet Explorer => Tools => Internet Options to a flat file with a hierarchical level, which could be used to reconstitute these in the event of a minor or major disaster?

    Eighteen months ago I spend a happy (?) day documenting IE 5.01, Outlook Express, and our (then) dial-up connections, and got really cheesed off by the end of it. Here's some of the Internet Explorer bit:
    <pre>INTERNET SETTINGS

    Control Panel
    Internet Options --------------------------------------------------------

    General
    Home Page
    Address http://www.home.ukgateway.net/
    Temporary Internet files
    Settings
    Check for newer versions of stored pages
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    Re: Documenting IE Options (any)

    What if you export some registry keys? Not a coup in terms of readability, but maybe a script could use that highly structured information to produce a readable document? R2 will have to tell us the relevant keys...

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    Re: Documenting IE Options (any)

    That's what I had hoped some kind individual would have done! Undoubtedly <font color=blue>all</font color=blue> the configuration information for IE, OE and connections is held in the registry - you just have to be sufficiently dedicated and a programmer to pull it all out...
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    Re: Documenting IE Options (any)

    I can give you the registry keys, but that will not produce a readable document -- like you specify above. Certainly, one COULD create a program that would 'translate' the .reg keys into nice display, but that is not something I have the free time to do right now! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    There is also the "IEAK" (Internet Explorer Administration Kit) which can likely do what you want. I have never actually used it, but the concept is for the Administrator to make IE settings that can then be installed on multiple user's systems.

    Information on this is likely available at MS and on Google. Let me know what you prefer.

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    Re: Documenting IE Options (any)

    The IEAK isn't what I'm after, since it doesn't do much in the way of documenting, either!

    The only other way of documenting the options thoroughly that I can think of is to take screen dumps of every single configuration screen - but how do you do those which extend off the bottom of the screen and need scrolling, like Tools => Internet Options => Advanced? And that really needs automating, so you go through all possible screens and sub-screens.
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    Re: Documenting IE Options (any)

    What we have done in the past is simply cutting and pasting in an image editor. Take several snap shots of the Advanced screen and just link them all up....

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    Re: Documenting IE Options (any)

    Have a look thru the <!post=Screen Capture (Again!),199353 >Screen Capture (Again!)<!/post>, it mentions at least one app capable of capturing screens complete with the "off screen" portion.

    To automate the process you could do worse than try my favourite, <!post=AutoIt,221780 >AutoIt<!/post>. The automation should be relatively easy, although tedious. The hassle I see will follow with maintenance as changes occur with updates and new versions. I suspect that a (manual) checklist of screens to dump would be less effort in the long run.
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    Re: Documenting IE Options (any)

    Are you the same Barbara-Ann from BBR/DSLR? Either way, welcome.

    The .reg file is functional but not visual -- and I gather he mainly wants a visual image of the settings. I typically just Prnt Scrn and paste -- which certainly is no fun, but it does work. The program listed above that can image beyond the scroll bars sounds quite intriguing...

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    Re: Documenting IE Options (any)

    The settings are in the registry under HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerAdvancedOptions. You can export the AdvancedOptions key, save as a .reg file and import/merge if you lose your settings. As for display in a hierarchical level, cannot help you there. Sorry!

    The settings for Windows ExplorerToolsFolderOptionsView are in HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer Advanced

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    Re: Documenting IE Options (any)

    Hi R2 - I am the BarbaraAnn from BBR and don't touch RegistryExplorer. I just downloaded and installed and it will copy a registry entry but not display it in tree form. I deleted the link..
    I did a search on Google and found a few apps that will copy a key into a tree view but I found none that were free. Sorry!

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    Re: Documenting IE Options (any)

    No problem -- it still may be a useful program... ;-]

    I would love to find a free 'tree view' program for registry fragments -- that would be great. I know there are pay versions out there -- but I don't think they are worth the money.

    Also, the exact tree view desired here is really of the Advanced Tab -- not the registry. To do that would take a quite specifically designed program -- and one that I think would not find much of an audience....

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