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Both Chrome and Firefox, as well as Edge, encourage users to utilise their cloud services. For this, users are encouraged to sign in with an account from the respective manufacturer in order to enable features such as synchronization of settings and data across devices.
However, most companies prevent the synchronization of passwords, bookmarks, or browser history for security reasons. Therefore, it makes no sense to prompt for these settings in the welcome page. Moreover, most users don't like to be forced into making these choices upfront.
To prevent the display of these pages, all three providers offer a corresponding option in the group policies.
When users start Chrome for the first time, they are prompted to personalize the browser. This includes the use of a Google account.
To suppress this page for all users in an OU or domain, create a GPO, link it to the desired container and disable the following group policy:
- Enable showing users full-tab promotional content
When launched for the first time, Microsoft Edge opens in full-screen mode and presents the wizard in a modal form, making it impossible to close it before completing all three dialogs. After finishing the wizard, Edge defaults to displaying Bing News. This behavior can also be prevented using group policies.
The following setting blocks the welcome screen:
- Hide the First-run experience and splash screen
Firefox strives to position itself as the preferred browser right from the start, offering to be pinned to the taskbar, import data from other browsers, and enable synchronization across multiple devices.
To block the browser setup page, you can enable the following setting:
- Override the first run page
Additionally, you can enter the URL of a page that will be opened instead of the initial setup wizard.
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The three most popular web browsers launch with a welcome page on their first run, which is disruptive and ultimately unnecessary in managed environments. However, this initial setup can be hidden for all products using group policies.