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Article ID: 888254 - Last Review: June 20, 2014 - Revision: 10.0

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Symptoms

After you enable the Folder Redirection policy on a Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer, the Internet Explorer Maintenance policy may not be applied.

For example, the proxy setting or the home page setting in the Internet Explorer Maintenance policy may randomly fail to apply or may not apply at all.

Resolution

To resolve this problem, apply the following hotfix, and then follow the instructions to modify the registry.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support (http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support)
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version         Size     File name
   ---------------------------------------------------------
   06-Dec-2004  21:40  16.0.2900.2575  323,584  Iedkcs32.dll

Registry information

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


To enable this hotfix, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
  4. Type FEATURE_GPO_BRANDING_WITH_FOLDER_REDIRECTION_KB888254, and then press ENTER.
  5. Click FEATURE_GPO_BRANDING_WITH_FOLDER_REDIRECTION_KB888254.
  6. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  7. Type *, and then press ENTER.
  8. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  9. Type 1, and then click OK.
  10. Quit Registry Editor.
  11. Restart the computer.
The new entry can have the values 0 and 1. A value of 1 enables the hotfix. A value of 0 disables the hotfix.

As an alternative to the previous steps, you can create a single DWORD entry named "*" and set it to 1. In this case, the fix will be enabled for all processes that are loading Iedkcs32.dll. You can also add the FEATURE_GPO_BRANDING_WITH_FOLDER_REDIRECTION_KB888254 registry subkey, the IEXPLORE.EXE entry, the EXPLORER.EXE entry, and the WINLOGON.EXE entry to the following registry keys:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl
However, you must use a String value instead of a DWORD value in step 6.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More information

For more information about the terminology that is used in this article, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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