How to Unregister an OCX

by Lysis

OCX files are Microsoft ActiveX components used in applications and web browsers for website interaction. For instance, advanced media like Adobe Flash Player use an ActiveX control to render clean images and allow you to interact with a flash cartoon. ActiveX components are placed into the computer's registry, which takes up resources when booting the computer and loading the operating system. If an ActiveX component is no longer used, then removing it saves resources on the computer. Unregistering a component only takes a few steps.

Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Run." Type "cmd" in the textbox and press "Enter."

Navigate to the location of the OCX file. For instance, if the file is located in the "c:\myocx" directory, type "c:\myocx" in the command prompt and press "Enter."

Type the command to unregister the file. Type "regsvr32 /u myfile.ocx" in the command prompt. Change the "myfile.ocx" with the name of your file. The "/u" switch triggers the uninstall process.

Read the confirmation. The regsvr32.exe file returns a response when the file has been successfully unregistered.

About the Author

Lysis is the pen name for a former computer programmer and network administrator who now studies biochemistry and biology while ghostwriting for clients. She currently studies health, medicine and autoimmune disorders. Lysis is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in genetic engineering.

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