It's simple. You need DirectX, not ActiveX.
I am running Windows XP, SP2 on my system, and have no home internet connection.
I just recently installed a program for editing .kar and .mid files which I'd downloaded from CNET downloads. At the end of the installation, I got the message that I needed to update my Activex to version 9 or later, and the message directed me to www.microsoft.com.
Going to that site and putting Activex into the search engine brings up 202 entries, featuring Activex controls, script debuggers, security updates for Activex killbits, etc., but nothing resembling an "Activex Update".
Similarly, clicking on a CNET ad entitled "How to Install Activex" brings up a page referring the user to a registry cleaner, and the word "Activex" appears only in the titles, not in the procedure. My concern in messing with the registry is that everything on my system works, save for the new program, and I don't want to change that.
Can you tell me why finding an ActiveX update file download is proving so elusive?