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Downloading ActiveX 9 update

by ErikHockman / September 8, 2009 1:29 AM PDT

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

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?

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It's simple
by Jimmy Greystone / September 8, 2009 2:12 AM PDT

It's simple. You need DirectX, not ActiveX.

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I wondered if they might be related
by ErikHockman / September 8, 2009 2:22 AM PDT
In reply to: It's simple

Trying to research it at Wikipedia, the only link they provided at Directx was mentioning Activex as a related topic, among others. I didn't see any documented link to Directx at the Activex description, either. Thanks.

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They're not really
by Jimmy Greystone / September 8, 2009 3:03 AM PDT

They're not really related. DirectX is Microsoft's answer to OpenGL, which also has an audio component. But basically it's just a graphics and audio API. ActiveX is a raging security hole built into Internet Explorer since IE3. It's a good idea, just implemented in the worst possible way, which is a Microsoft hallmark. But ActiveX lets you augment websites with additional content... That naturally only works with IE... On Windows (there was a Mac version of IE for a time).

Anyway, what you want is the DirectX runtime. There was an August of 2008 update that, AFAIK, was the last DirectX 9.0c update.

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by ErikHockman / September 8, 2009 3:10 AM PDT
In reply to: They're not really

I've downloaded "DirectX End-User Runtimes (March 2009)" from the Microsoft site onto a memory stick to load on my home system.

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