How to Install an ActiveX Control on Windows XP

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.

Take care when installing ActiveX controls.
Take care when installing ActiveX controls. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)
Step 1:

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

Internet Explorer browser
Internet Explorer browser (Image Courtesy Microsoft)
Step 2:

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

Security tab
Security tab (Image Courtesy Microsoft)
Step 3:

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

Custom security settings
Custom security settings (Image Courtesy Microsoft)
Step 4:

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

ActiveX controls
ActiveX controls (Image Courtesy Microsoft)
Step 5:

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

OK to confirm
OK to confirm (Image Courtesy Microsoft)
Step 6:

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.

ActiveX prompt
ActiveX prompt (Image Courtesy Microsoft)
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Tips & Warnings

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



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