How to Determine Your ActiveX Version

By Jason Spidle

ActiveX is a multimedia framework developed by Microsoft to enable the display of rich applications within programs running on Windows. Most commonly, ActiveX is used in Internet Explorer. Since the ActiveX framework isn't a piece of software, there are no versions. However, there are different versions of the most commonly used ActiveX objects Adobe Flash and Sun Java. A vast majority of ActiveX delivered content utilizes these applications and it is an easy process to determine the version of Flash and Java on your computer.

Determining Flash Version

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Navigate to the Adobe Flash version testing website at Adobe.com.

Step 3

Review the results to find out which version of Flash is installed on your computer. Scroll down further to compare the installed version with the newest available version to determine if you should update Flash.

Determining Java Version

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Navigate to the Java version testing website at JavaTester.org.

Step 3

Review the results loaded into the pink Java applet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although Flash and Java account for almost all ActiveX usage, there are other objects that may be installed on your computer. Navigate to the "Internet Options" screen in the Control Panel and click "Settings" under "Browsing History" on the "General" tab. Click "View Objects" to review a list of all installed ActiveX objects. Right-click on any controls (they are the .ocx files) and select "Properties" to view the version.