How to Install ActiveX on a Windows Mobile PDA

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How to Install ActiveX on a Windows Mobile PDA
Install ActiveX on Windows Mobile. (pda image by T.Tulic from Fotolia.com)

Microsoft Windows Mobile is the Microsoft mobile operating system designed for use by smartphones and cell phones. ActiveX controls are small software components that execute functions within the Internet Explorer browser environment. Because malicious code and malware may be passed using ActiveX components, ActiveX controls are disabled on the Windows Mobile operating system by default and must be enabled to install and run an ActiveX control. A Microsoft statement indicates that this decision was purposeful and enhances security for the device.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Internet Explorer on the Windows Mobile PDA.

  2. 2

    Click “Tools” from the application options menu in Internet Explorer.

  3. 3

    Click “Internet Options.”

  4. 4

    Click the “Security” option.

  5. 5

    Click the option labelled “Custom Level.” Scroll to the bottom of the page.

  6. 6

    Click “Enable” for the “ActiveX Controls and Plug-ins” option.

  7. 7

    Close the settings windows. ActiveX controls are now enabled on Internet Explorer.

  1. 1

    Open an Internet browser on the computer and download the ActiveX control. Save the file to the PC desktop.

  2. 2

    Place the PDA in the cradle and connect the PDA to the computer that normally syncs the device.

  3. 3

    Connect the device to the computer via Bluetooth, USB or infrared connection, as normally connected when syncing or downloading files to the PDA.

  4. 4

    Download the ActiveX control.

  5. 5

    Double-click the executable (EXE) file for the ActiveX control installation. Make sure the PDA device is connected to the computer. The installation routine will start and query the user regarding continuing the installation, both on the PC and the PDA.

  6. 6

    Click “OK” to continue the installation on both the computer and the device. The installation routine will finish and the ActiveX control will be installed.

  7. 7

    Open Internet Explorer on the PDA and navigate to the site that required the ActiveX download. The site should now run as designed.

Tips and warnings

  • Consult the instructions for all ActiveX control installations as different controls may require additional steps.

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