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Automate Enabling and Disabling IE Proxy settings

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When I work from home, I connect to the corporate network over the VPN and need to use the corporate proxy server. When I’m not working, I do not need to go through the proxy. Similarly, when I need to connect to my Wireless router at home, I do not need proxy. It was getting cumbersome each time to manually turn on/off these IE settings. So I decided to automate this.

I knew this could be done through registry scripts. Little bit of googling revealed the appropriate keys to be modified. I exported the appropriate tree from registry editor into .reg file. Removed most of the keys I was not interested in. Created two copies, one to enable and other to disable. Saved them as .reg files. Half of the battle was won.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
"ProxyEnable"=dword:00000001

Change the ProxyEnable to zero, to disable the proxy.

.reg extension is automatically associated with Registry Editor. But default mode is interactive, which wasn’t too nice. So I went to /s switch for silent. Next create two batch files that call the regedit.exe with /s switch and appropriate .reg file.

This can be further automated by creating shortcuts inside your faviourite application launcher. (Launchy, Slickrun and my favourite DOMercury)

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Written by Mandar Vaze

April 14, 2008 at 5:44 am

Posted in Productivity, Technical

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5 Responses

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  1. Hi
    Just wondering does it matter where you save the registry files
    Thanks in Advance

    Rodney

    May 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm

  2. Great post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Thanks!

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    February 13, 2013 at 7:00 am

  3. Hey there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m planning to start my own blog
    soon but I’m having a tough time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.
    P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

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    July 24, 2013 at 3:18 am

    • I’m using hosted wordpress.com
      The theme used is “The Journalist v1.9”

      Mandar Vaze

      July 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm


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