With the original MSN Explorer, a user was unable to change their homepage from the browser's default site, MSN.com. Microsoft has since rectified the issue by offering MSN users a free upgrade to a special version of Internet Explorer 8 which has been optimized for MSN users. The browser initially sets the default homepage as MSN.com, but users are able to permanently change their homepage to any other non-malicious site on the web.
Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start menu in the lower right corner of your screen.
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Enter the URL of your desired homepage into the address bar.
Click the arrow on the right side of the Home button (indicated by a small house icon). Select the "Add or Change Home Page" button. A new dialog box will appear with options for changing your homepage.
Click the button that reads "Use this webpage as your only home page" and click "Yes." This will save whatever site you are visiting as the browser's homepage.
Close the browser, and re-open Internet Explorer 8. The browser will automatically direct you to the website you selected as your new homepage.
Never visit or set your homepage to potentially malicious websites. Internet Explorer 8 is optimized for the protection of its users and integrated with other Windows security measures, so the browser will reset its homepage to MSN.com if the homepage has been tampered with by "browser hijacking" software.