Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

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 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?

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Downloading ActiveX 9 update
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Downloading ActiveX 9 update
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
It's simple
by Jimmy Greystone / September 8, 2009 2:12 AM PDT

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

Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
Thanks
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.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 51,224 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,453 discussions
icon
Laptops 20,090 discussions
icon
Security 30,722 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,937 discussions
icon
Windows 10 1,295 discussions
icon
Phones 16,252 discussions
icon
Windows 7 7,684 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 15,215 discussions

Finding the best 360 camera

GoPro, Pixpro, or Ricoh?

You can spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a 360-degree camera. We tested three of them to find out what kind of quality and ease of use you can expect at each price point.