How to Get Rid of the Set Up Window in Internet Explorer

By C. Taylor

The first time you run Windows 7's Internet Explorer 8, you are presented a "Set Up Windows Internet Explorer 8" pop-up window, welcoming you to Internet Explorer. Although you can click "Ask me later" to get rid of this pop-up, it will recur the next time you start up Internet Explorer. To get rid of it permanently, you need to complete the set-up procedure. The setup process is actually quite simple and will hide the set-up window forever.

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click "Next" in the initial setup window, which is entitled "Setup Windows Internet Explorer 8" and states: "Welcome to Internet Explorer 8."

Step 3

Select "No, don't turn on" to refuse "Suggested Sites," if you do not want Internet Explorer offering website suggestions based upon your previous surfing habits. If you would like to discover sites catered to your personal habits, then you can select "Yes, turn on Suggested Sites." Click "Next" to continue.

Step 4

Click "Choose custom settings" to choose the options you want to use in Internet Explorer. If you want a quicker setup, choose "Use express settings." Choosing express setup enables updates, "Bing" search engine and maps, and "Microsoft Live" for email and blogging. Click "Next" to continue.

Step 5

Choose "No" to refuse search engine provider updates, or "Yes" to enable them. If you only use Web-based search engines, rather than toolbars, then you do not need updates. Click "Next" to continue.

Step 6

Select "Turn off accelerators..." if you do not anticipate using "Bing" or "Microsoft Live" for maps, email and blogs. If these are your preferred sites, then select "Keep my current accelerators." Accelerators allow you to select text in a page and automatically map locations, define words and similar tasks. Click "Next" to continue.

Step 7

Choose "No, I don't want to use updates" to avoid "Compatibility View" updates. Compatibility View allows older websites to be viewed as if you were using Internet Explorer 7. Click "Finish" to complete setup and get rid of the set-up window forever.