Microsoft KB Archive/247388

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How to Backup and Restore Internet Explorer 5 Security Zone Information in Windows NT 4.0

Article ID: 247388

Article Last Modified on 2/18/2004


  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0

This article was previously published under Q247388

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry


This article discusses backing up and restoring the zone information for trusted sites in Microsoft Internet Explorer. Security zones are used in Internet Explorer to apply specific security settings to different domains.

For additional information about security zones, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

174360 How to Use Security Zones in Internet Explorer


WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To back up and restore the zone information:

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  2. Go to the following location in the registry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings

    NOTE: The above registry path is one key; it has been wrapped for readability.

    Select the object called Zones, and then from the Registry menu, click Save Key.

  3. To save the specific security settings in the Security Zones, select the key named ZoneMap, and from the Registry menu, click Save Key.
  4. To merge the information back to the computer, either double-click the file that was saved from a previous registry save, or import the information using Registry Editor.

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