windows xp sp2 rc2:

Some interesting regedits in there…and more tweaks than I realized….

The various aspects of pop-up manager are controlled by values in the registry under HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Int ernet Explorer\New Windows.  The registry values are all dword values, unless noted.  Values are all either 0 or 1, unless noted.

PopupMgr – Whether the pop-up blocker feature is enabled or not.  This is the checkbox on the privacy tab of the Internet Control Panel.
PlaySound – Whether or not a sound should be played when a pop-up is blocked.  This sound is set in the Sound Control Panel.
ApplyToWebOC – Applications hosting the webbrowser control only get pop-up blocking if they opt in.  This forces pop-up blocking on non-opted-in apps when true.
UseSecBand – Whether or not pop-up blocker notifications should appear in the Information Band.
AccUserInitOnClick – Turns off or on an app compat work-around for some Accessibility Aids.  This is on by default.
Balloon – Set when the balloon notification has been shown.  Not a very interesting value, listed here for completeness.
BlockHTMLDialogs – Whether or not to treat HTML dialogs as pop-ups. 
UserInitTimeout – Number of ms in the timeout period when the UseTimerMethod value is set (see below). 


9 Responses to More info on the popup blocker in XP sp2

  1. Charlie Anthe says:

    You do realize all of these options are available through the UI, too, right? No need to hack the registry for everything. 🙂

  2. Sanx says:

    In reference to the tweaks:

    PopupMgr is a REG_SZ with the values "yes" and "no".

  3. Jason says:

    This is helpful information for NetAdmins who want to turn off the beep on all domain controlled machines. So far I don’t see gpo options that will make this change for me so I’ll have to distribute reg updates.

  4. Jay says:

    well, the popup blocker stays if you uninstall sp2. the only way to disable it in ie is this way.

  5. 尖锐湿疣 says:

    Pretty cool! Thank you!

  6. Joshua says:

    There isn’t any sound when a popup is blocked? I’ve turned the option on in IE, and went into Control Panel, Sound & Audio Devices, and Sounds tab, but there is no program event to set a popup sound for?

  7. William says:

    I’m looking for a way to disable the popup blocker on ALL of my domain controlled PCs since the therapists that use them are dumbfounded when it comes to popup blockin. I just want to disable popup blocker for ALL users that log into any PC on the domain sever this way they can get the authorizations they need. this site uses popups and they need to be able to see them. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  8. William says:

    Nevermind. I got it.

    Add this to your registry if you need to have popup blocker turned off by default for anyone who uses a computer:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer

    Create a new Key named "New Windows" Create a new String named "PopupMgr" and set the value to no.

    I did some playing around with other entries (thank god for a backed up copy of the registry before I did any modifcations to it *whew*) then when I got this one working, I felt I was on top of the world…atleast the IT world :-p


  9. Rob says:

    What if the PopupMgr is set to "no" and the pop-ups still happen? It’s getting really annoying and have no way of going around it.