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I have a computer running windows 8.
We are trying to run the installation of an add on. When we do we get the yellow Active X bar asking to install an Active X control, we do. Then go back and it asks again and again and again ... it never gets installed.

We have uninstalled antivirus, etc. No luck so far.
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I think Windows 8 is drifting away from Active X support. Some Windows 8 mobile devices and phones do not even have Active X.

I think the Active X add on needs to be re-written for Windows 8. I don't use Active X on my Windows 8.1 computer.  See the Microsoft Support article on this subject below here.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/hh920753(v=vs.85).aspx

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Is there a way to make this work with Active X ?
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Because of your question, I looked on the Windows 7 machine beside me and it supports Active X.

My Windows 8.1 machine does not.

So I would say you are probably out of luck.  Microsoft says to use HTML 5

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If the Windows 8 machine is trying to run an old application, you can get Windows 7 (say) and make a virtual machine from it. Then run the virtual machine in Windows 8. I do this with VMware Workstation and have Windows 7, Vista, XP and earlier machines to run other or legacy versions of things.

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Yeah .. thats not an option
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If virtualization is not an option, then you have to live without Active X on Windows 8. There were some ideas in the Microsoft Article above, but they may not fit you either.

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The classic IE10/IE11 in win8/8.1 does support activeX plugins. The Modern IE does not.
Did you try that activex installation with the classic IE? What site is it?
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Other browsers and computers works well. Its this particular computer we can't get around :(  ... for now I have given up
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Funny, that you didn't care to respond to my questions - we might be able to help you.
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@amucinobluedot - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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