How to Manually Install Active X in Internet Explorer

By Craig Witt

Updated September 28, 2017

Install ActiveX controls to Internet Explorer manually through Windows.
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ActiveX controls allow web developers to create applications that extend functionality in the Internet Explorer web browser. Most ActiveX control installations are added directly through the browser, either by default when the user accesses a given site, or when the user gives specific permission for a control to install itself. In some cases, however, controls must be added manually. This option is available to you as long as you have suitable archive extraction software such as WinZip or WinRAR installed on your computer.

Close any open Internet Explorer browser windows.

Save or move your ActiveX control .cab file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.

Open the .cab file using an archive extraction program (e.g. WinZip, WinRAR). Locate the file with a .ocx file extension. Make a note of the name of this file.

Click the \"Extract\" button and select the following folder: \"C:\Windows\system32.\" Close the program after successfully extracting the archive's files.

Open a command prompt. Click the Windows \"Start\" button and select \"Run.\" Enter \"cmd\" (without quotation marks) in the dialog box that follows and then click \"OK.\"

Switch to the appropriate directory by typing the following command, without quotation marks, and pressing the \"Enter\" key: \"cd c:\windows\system32\".

Type the name of the .ocx file you noted in Step 2, and then press \"Enter.\" Your ActiveX control will be registered with Windows and made available for use the next time you start Internet Explorer.