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Hello, I do apologize for prematurely deleting the first question about ActiveX.  
I am at; http://blogs.msdn.com/b/askie/archive/2014/08/14/how-do-i-test-the-testing-the-out-of-date-activex-controls-feature.aspx
At Section 4, What exactly needs to be deleted?  Is it "only" the first time that "latestgroup="1"" occurs?  This does not make sense to me, being that they show the entire <groupentries> section.
The VersionList xml is found at; https://iecvlist.microsoft.com/ie11blocklist/1401746408/versionlist.xml

I would bet it is the entire <groupentries> section, but would like to verify this with you.

The other concern I have is that the xml's <groupentries> section is not exactly what is shown here, so I would ask of you to state clearly what to delete.
Thank you very much for your help.
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chima--
First of all, are you aware of this statement in
https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2991000#appliesto
"Starting September 9, 2014, out-of-date ActiveX controls will be blocked on computers that have the August Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer (MS14-051) or a later update applied. If your enterprise has a dependency on outdated versions of Java in the Internet Zone in affected versions of Internet Explorer, you are affected by this change. "

This sounds like the blocking of old ActiveX controls will occur automatically early next month.

So maybe modifying the .xml file manually is really not necessary.

In fact that seems to be mentioned in the blogs.msdn article
"If your organization has a dependency on an outdated version of Java, you can run the following test to mirror the end-user experience on September 9, 2014."

"I would bet it is the entire <groupentries> section"  I would agree, though I have not tried. However if you back up the .xml file before making changes, you can always revert if you make an error.

So you would delete
latestgroup="1"/>
< groupentry groupname="Java(TM) 1.4.2_43" fwdlink="http://" latestgroup="1"/>
< groupentry groupname="Java(TM) 1.5.0_71" fwdlink="http://" latestgroup="1"/>
< groupentry groupname="Java(TM) 1.6.0_81" fwdlink="http://" latestgroup="1"/>
< groupentry groupname="Java(TM) 1.7.0_65" fwdlink="http://" latestgroup="1"/>
< groupentry groupname="Java(TM) 1.8.0_11" fwdlink="http://" latestgroup="1"/>
< /groupentries>

What is shown in the blogs.msdn article is exactly what I have in my .xml file.  Maybe the difference in yours is due to a different version of Java or of Windows7
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by:chima
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Jcimarron, yes I am aware.  I was asked to test it.  I am all set up for testing it.  Please allow me to keep this question open, just in case I have questions/problem when I re-enable the Visionlist.xml  I do not think I will have problems.
I'll do this on Sept 8th.
thanks
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chima--
Good luck and please let us know the outcome.
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Jcimarron, this is the command I used to turn this off; reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\VersionManager" /v DownloadVersionList /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Would it be correct, to turn it back on I would need to change 0 /f   -to-  /o     ( o for on)?
I'm going to manual search for this reg key.
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I checked with my co-worker and she does not have the DownloadVersionList, therefore I think I would be safe to delete the entire entry;
reg key
Any comments?
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chima--
I have not worked with VersionList xml  other than what I have earlier posted.

However, if you create appropriate backup  I would think you could delete the DownloadVersion entry.  

The command REG_DWORD /d 0 /f is common.  But I have not seen  /o
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jcimarron, I went ahead and just deleted it.  I believe this was the right, safe action.  So far so good.  Points coming to you shortly.
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thanks
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chima--
You are welcome.  Glad to have helped.
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