How to Enable ActiveX Control in Windows

By Alexandra Haller

Occasionally, you will be asked if you want to enable your ActiveX Controls because your computer has encountered a problem trying to run certain types of applications. It's a bug in Windows that affects users running older versions of Internet Explorer (versions 4, 5 or 6). Rest assured that the fix is a relatively simple one; you won't have to install or download any complex software.

Step 1

In an open browser window, click "Tools" on the menu bar and then select "Internet Options."

Step 2

From the "Internet Options" window, choose the "Security" tab. Then select the custom level button.

Step 3

Scroll to the list of ActiveX Controls and plugins.

Step 4

To enable ActiveX Controls in Windows, mark the circle for "Enable" next to "Binary and Script Behaviors," "Run ActiveX Controls and Plugins" and "Script ActiveX Controls Marked Safe for Scripting."

Step 5

Mark the circle for "Prompt" next to "Download signed ActiveX Controls."

Step 6

Watch for a warning message to pop up asking if you are sure you want to modify your security settings. Click "Yes."

Step 7

Click "Apply" and then "OK" to exit the window.