How to Delete the About:Blank Page

When Internet Explorer is launched, most people configure it to display a website. This initial website that appears when the browser is loaded is called the "home page." If Internet Explorer 7 suddenly begins displaying a page with the title "about:blank" instead of your home page, and you have attempted unsuccessfully to reset your home page to resolve this issue, you may have a problem in the Windows registry that needs to be corrected.

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The first page that is displayed when a Web browser is opened is called the "home page."

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Press the Windows logo and "R" keys simultaneously to open the "Run" dialog. Type "regedit" without quotation marks in the box, and press "Enter" to open the registry editor.

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Use the folder tree on the left side of the window to navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER," "Software," "Microsoft," "Internet Explorer" and "Main." Click the "Main" folder.

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Click the "Edit" menu at the top of the window, then click "New" and "DWORD Value." A new item will appear on the right side of the window with a blinking cursor for you to type a name. Name the item "RunOnceHasShown" and press "Enter." Double click "RunOnceHasShown."

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Change the number displayed under "Value Data" to "1" and click "OK."

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Click "Edit," "New" and "DWORD Value." Name the new item "RunOnceComplete."

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Assign a value of "1" to "RunOnceComplete" as in Step 4.

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Close the registry editor and restart the computer.