How to Install an ActiveX Control on Windows XP

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Take care when installing ActiveX controls. (Photo: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

ActiveX controls are programming language codes designed specifically for the Windows operating system and the Internet Explorer browser to display animation and other interactive data on a website. ActiveX controls are interchangeably used by the applications that require a specific part of a programming code that can be "borrowed" from ActiveX. You need to enable your browser to run ActiveX controls and then accept the download and installation when prompted by a website. ActiveX controls are one of the primary pathways for virus and spyware infection: Install ActiveX controls only from trusted sources.

Internet Explorer browser (Photo: Image Courtesy Microsoft)

Open the Internet Explorer browser and click the "Tools" menu option.

Security tab (Photo: Image Courtesy Microsoft)

Select "Internet Options" and click the "Security" tab.

Custom security settings (Photo: Image Courtesy Microsoft)

Click the "Custom level..." button and then scroll down to the "ActiveX controls and plug-ins" section in the "Security Settings - Internet Zone" window.

ActiveX controls (Photo: Image Courtesy Microsoft)

Check the "Prompt" radio button under "Download signed ActiveX controls" and the "Enable" radio button under "Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins."

OK to confirm (Photo: Image Courtesy Microsoft)

Click on "OK" and then "OK" again to save the new settings.

ActiveX prompt (Photo: Image Courtesy Microsoft)

Click the "Install" button when prompted to accept an ActiveX control by a website, or click the "Information Bar" on top of the browser and select "Install ActiveX." The ActiveX control will be downloaded and installed automatically.

Tips & Warnings
  • Always have an antivirus or an antispyware program, or both, activated before downloading an ActiveX control.

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