How to Manually Install ActiveX

Updated April 17, 2017

ActiveX controls add functionality to HTML websites running on Internet Explorer. Without ActiveX controls, many sites would not run correctly. Although you can configure Internet Explorer to install ActiveX controls automatically, installing them manually is the safest route. This is because many sources of the ActiveX controls are not trustworthy. Installing ActiveX manually only requires a few procedures.

Visit the website. (See Resources.) Download and install the four .cab files under "Manual Install of ActiveX Controls" to your desktop.

Open and extract the files to the following location:


Hold down the Windows button and press "R." Type "cmd" in the dialogue box and click "OK."

Type "cd C:\Windows\System32" and press Enter to switch directories.

Type the following commands in the prompt and press Enter:

c:\regsvr32 tx4ole.ocx

c:\regsvr32 wspell.ocx

c:\regsvr32 activeledit.ocx

c:\regsvr32 webwaitproj1.ocx

You will notice the "RegSvr32" message each time you successfully register a control.

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