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How to play embedded WMV videos in IE8??

Posted on 2010-01-04
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Last Modified: 2013-12-07
We are losing customers due to this message:
"this website wants to run the add-on windows media player extension...if you trust the extension click here"

The page contains an embedded WMV video that works fine on other browsers, except in IE8 its asking this question.  It works perfectly when you follow the instructions, but a lot of customers simply will turn away.  How do we get  IE8  to just run the video??!  I've never seen this kind of question, say, when browsing YouTube, etc.
Question by:arthurh88
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Merete earned 2000 total points
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Unfortunately this is part of MS introduced security with running codes that are outdated or may have activex, it came out back a few ago ,
To automatically download ActiveX Controls, perform the following tasks:
1.On the Tools menu, select Internet Options
2.Select the Security tab
3.Select a zone (Internet, Local Intranet, and so on.)
4.Click the Custom Level button
5.In the "ActiveX controls and plug-ins" section, enable both of the following options:
Download signed ActiveX controls
Download unsigned ActiveX controls
This generates a security warning error but does install the ActiveX control without being prompted.
It's the media player plugin for internet explorer once allowed it will not ask again.
It's explained here
This Website Wants to Run the Following Add-on

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