Here's our Internet Explorer Tip for.. October 21, 1997
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Setting the default system.htm file
If you're tired of staring at a dull, blank, gray screen when you can't connect to a server, you can customize the system.htm file, or point Internet Explorer to a different file altogether, so at least you can see your favorite local page on your PC.

Run 'REGEDIT', and go to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.

Then, double-click the Local Page entry that will appear on the pane on the right in the registry editor. The default is a pointer to a blank HTML file in the Windows system directory.

Type in the full path to the HTML page that you want to use as the default local page. The page can have graphics, even hyperlinks and text in it. (Why not create a new page containing some of your favorite links?)

Now, the next time you can't connect to a server, or have problems connecting to a page, at least you'll be able to see a page you like!

WARNING!! This is a REGISTRY HACK! And as such, you MUST FIRST make a backup of your Registry so that you can recover from any mistakes you might make. The Registry is a very unforgiving place if you don't know EXACTLY what you are doing. An incorrect Registry entry can render your entire system INOPERABLE. DO NOT attempt to change Registry settings without a Backup. Don't say we didn't warn you...

The Configuration Backup Utility is one of the CD-Extras, so if you don't have the CD-ROM version of Windows 95, CLICK HERE to download it now.