Active x question

April 8, 2009 at 14:20:59
Specs: Windows 98 se, 1.495 GHz / 255 MB
I am running windows 98se using IE 6.0.2800.1106 SP1. The problem I have is on this site and another I frequent I am constantly getting the message " your current security settings prohibit running activeX controls on this page as a result the page may not display correctly" Can someone tell me which of the 5 options I need to set (and to what) to eliminate this annoyance?

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April 8, 2009 at 20:09:18
You mean the 5 activeX options in TOOLS--INTERNET OPTIONS--SECURITY--CUSTOM?

I have mine set at


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April 8, 2009 at 23:36:14
me too DAVEINCAPS, and with no activex problems here.

There was an IE cumulative update that broke Activex for while but if you have applied the latest and last IE cumulative Q916281 at least this shouldn't be the problem.

The bad update was Q912812 IIRC. Look at Help in the toolbar, and then About Internet Explorer to see your applied Updates.


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April 9, 2009 at 05:38:56
May also want to check the settings in your Internet Security software if the above does not resolve your issue.


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April 9, 2009 at 07:56:02
Hi, Dave, that is how mine is set. Melee5, windows98 doesn't show up in the list at M$, probably because M$ doesn't support it anymore. Bryan, which software are you refering to? I am running Avast and spywareblaster.

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April 10, 2009 at 02:24:35
It's possible one of your Windows 98 Updates is corrupted. Go to Windows Update (yes it's still there) and run the update scan. Download any missing updates.

Use the link under IE Tools.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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April 10, 2009 at 08:22:09
Dumbob, I did what you said but it says it is scanning for updates and stays at 0%. Also says support is discontinued for 98.

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April 10, 2009 at 14:19:18
i don't know how you are trying to reach ms update, you might try this link:

the only thing is, they are just the 'generic' updates, not specific to your pc, [i know, i have all the ones it lists], as ms no longer supports the os

ms used to have a site for each of the old legacy systems, where all the updates for that system was listed, but then, they updated / reorganized here not to long back and none of my links work anymore......

progress i guess.....

hope this helped,
have a good day

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April 10, 2009 at 19:41:53

I just loaded my Win98SE, went to Windows Update and ran the Scanner. Came up with 3 updates missing. All previouly installed.

Downloaded and installed the Updates. Everything works as normal for me, always has despite the popular opinion that Win98SE Windows Update no longer works. I can't speak for Win98FE.

Yes there is a disclaimer that Support for Win98 has ended, but that only means "NO Further Updates" past the end of 98's LifeCycle.

What you need is PATIENCE. The scanner will take 3 to 4 minutes to progress from 0% to 33 %, a couple more to get to 66%, then more to complete.

Start the scan, go get a beer and a sandwich, make love to Wife or GF, just give it time to complete. Once you select your Updates, repeat the Above delay techniques, (Your wife or GF will be grateful by now) and restart your computer when Prompted.

As an example of how slow it is, (dependinmg on your Connection speed) it took me 47 minutes to download and install 6.2mb of updates. Thats running Win98'SE, on P4 2.4GHz w HT & 1 GB Ram on a Dialup connection. Yes I know Win98SE will not run 1GB Ram, someone forgot to tell my Motherboard about this limitation.

Point being, Windows Update is slow, (slower than Computing Net since recent Improvements.) but it still works the same as it always has.

Use this link.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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April 11, 2009 at 10:49:58
No luck. Left it go for over an hour and still at 0%.

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April 11, 2009 at 13:34:55
In TOOLS--INTERNET OPTIONS--SECURITY try going back to the default level and then choose a lower one.

Sometimes you need to do that when you go to microsoft's update site. It might also stop the activex messages. Here's some additional info, although a lot of it refers to XP:

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April 12, 2009 at 14:20:09
Problem is that you need Activex working at the WinUP site and you already know your Activex is for crap. You will always be at 0% there unless you change something first.

Sorry I left you without a paddle like that on that particular creek. But then you neither confirmed or denied your update level(s) so maybe you deserved it.

What is the list of updates IE's help/about screen shows?

The direct access method to any update starts with it's Knowledge Base article.

That requires some cut and paste skills combined with common sense. Then you pretend you are an IT professional and go to the Technet security bulletin where you can commonly but not always directly download the update without using Activex.

All this to find out that since Win98 is no longer supported we are not going to hand that particular update out to you here. Older updates, yes, but not those released in the latter days of 98 support.

So now you have to rely on someone to post a direct download link to the last IE Cumulative update that fixes the broken Activex of update 912812. It will have a really long name but it's the real deal anyway. Once your Activex is working again you can copy the url for the files from your own Windows Update Log file in your Windows folder.

That and download and burn to CD all the updates for 98 from the Catalog site so that this never happens again.


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April 13, 2009 at 12:00:26
Dave, I tried what you suggested but it didn't help. Melee5, I am a bit confused by your second reply. There is no list of updates in the about section. I did however state in my original post that I have SP1 if that is what you meant. I have only been using windows 98 for a month or two so am not all that familiar with it but I have used IE6 for a long time.

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April 20, 2009 at 19:56:41
Sorry for the delay. So then in your Help/About window it just says :;SP1;
on the Update Versions line?

If yes, then you have not installed a single update or something has gone horribly wrong during an update installation.

No, I recognized version number 6.0.2800.1106 you posted as IE 6.00 SP1 from your first messge. Applied updates will not change that number but they will appear in the Help/About box in the Update Versions line. Did you download and apply the direct link to update KB916281 I posted above?

You may also need to update your Java package and your Windows Scripting package which is no longer available from MS but is here

I'm not sure what the ActiveX state of IE 6 SP1 "out of the box" is as your level of (no) updates seems to be. But the direct link to the 916281 update should work for you and fix it anyway. Scripting, Java, and Host files may be what is really causing your problem?


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April 20, 2009 at 21:38:56
This site works fine with Opera 9.64.

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May 6, 2009 at 21:29:13
Forget the hassle and switch to Mozilla Firefox.
With Firefox you'll also get "tabbed browsing", something which is not available in IE 6 (it is in IE 7 though).

Here is the link for the most recent 98 compatible version:

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May 6, 2009 at 21:31:32
And IE 6 SP1 is horrible.
I installed on a pc running Windows 2000, and every time i opened it, it would crash!

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