Turn off sending UTF-8 query strings for URLs

This policy setting determines whether Internet Explorer uses 8-bit Unicode Transformation Format (UTF-8) to encode query strings in URLs before sending them to servers or to proxy servers.If you enable this policy setting you must specify when to use UTF-8 to encode query strings: 0) Never encode query strings. 1) Only encode query strings for URLs that aren’t in the Intranet zone. 2) Only encode query strings for URLs that are in the Intranet zone. 3) Always encode query strings.If you disable or don’t configure this policy setting users can turn this behavior on or off using Internet Explorer Advanced Options settings. The default is to encode all query strings in UTF-8.

    The policy is located under of Local Group Policy Editor.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKLM -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Internet Explorer -> Control Panel!UTF8URLQuery

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Internet Control Panel -> Advanced Page


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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