I have seen all but the simplest of explanations that resolve this question. In my case, the Active X files are for a set of surveillance cameras attached (by wire AND otherwise) to a digital video recorder ("DVR"). All equipment is used in the same building and within about 80 to 100 feet of any other related equipment. BEFORE PROCEEDING, YOU MUST HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE DANGERS OF INSTALLING ACTIVE X FILES (OR CONTROLS, AS THEY ARE SOMETIMES CALLED). IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE DANGERS OF INSTALLING ACTIVE X CONTROLS OR FILES, THEY CAN CAUSE THE DESTRUCTION OF YOUR DATA, AND CAN UNLEASH UNIMAGINABLE AND HORRIFIC VIRUSES AND MALWARE, SO PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF THE INSTALLATION OF THESE FILES BEFORE PROCEEDING ANY FURTHER. IF YOU ARE GETTING ACTIVE X CONTROLS FROM THE INTERNET, THE DANGER IS GREATER, BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER BE CERTAIN THAT THE SOURCE OF THE FILES IS WHAT YOU THINK, OR EVEN THAT THE ADDRESS YOU THINK YOU HAVE REACHED IS THE ACTUAL ADDRESS YOU TYPED INTO THE ADDRESS BAR. WITH SPOOFING AND DISGUISED WEBSITES, THERE IS LITTLE END TO THE CREATIVITY OF THOSE WOULD PUT OUR COMPUTING DAYS TO AN ABRUPT END.
ON THE OTHER HAND, IF YOU PURCHASED A DVR WITH SOFTWARE FROM A WELL KNOWN RETAILER, AND IT COMES WITH SOFTWARE ON A DVD OR CD, AND THIS SOFTWARE WILL BE LOADED ONTO YOUR DVR WHICH WILL ACT AS THE SERVER FROM WHICH YOU WILL BE DOWNLOADING THE ACTIVE X FILES, THEN THE MAJOR FACTORS ARE KNOWN AND THE LIKELIHOOD OF A DISASTER BEING HIDDEN FROM YOU ARE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED. REMEMBER - YOU DETERMINE YOUR OWN FUTURE AND THAT OF YOUR DATA AND COMPUTER, AS WELL AS HOW LONG THAT FUTURE WILL LAST.
Let me start by saying I have seen some rather complex recommendations for the installation of Active X controls in Internet Explorer 10 and higher in Windows 7, involving the editing of Group Policies. Because I knew that was not the way I had learned to do this incredibly simple operation, I did not even attempt a suggestion with more than 3 steps and any suggestion which involved the editing of anything even remotely sensitive. You will be happy to know there is no editing of Group Policies or Registry Keys required -- just follow these suggestions, and at least in the case of the files needed to smoothly install the needed Active X files for a DVR, this is ALL you need to do. No. 1 is repeated due to the extreme importance of this, and it cannot be stated too much:
1. Make certain you are aware of the dangers of the installation of Active X controls (or files) and know the source of the files. It is not recommended that you download active X files from the internet, but if you do so, YOU ASSUME THE RISKS AND DANGERS, WHATEVER THEY MAY BE, OF ANY ENSUING DAMAGE TO YOUR DATA, YOUR COMPUTER OR TO ANYTHING ELSE CAUSED BY A FAULTY ACTIVE X FILE OR CONTROL, WHETHER THE FAULT IS INTENTIONAL, NEGLIGENT, OR OTHERWISE. ACTIVE X CONTROLS CAN ALSO BE USED BY A MALICIOUS PERSON OR PERSONS TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR COMPUTER AND YOUR DATA. DO NOT PROCEED FURTHER UNLESS YOU CAN SAY WITHOUT HESITATION THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THE DANGERS AND RISKS OF INSTALLING ACTIVE X CONTROLS OR FILES AND THAT YOU UNCONDITIONALLY ASSUME THAT RISK. ALL RISK IS UPON THE PERSON DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLING ACTIVE X FILES OR CONTROLS, AND BY DOING SO, YOU AGREE TO THE EXPRESS ASSUMPTION OF THAT RISK, AND TO RELIEVE THIS WRITER AND MICROSOFT AND ITS AGENTS, SERVANTS, EMPLOYEES AND ALL PERSONS AND ENTITIES ACTING IN CONCERT OR PARTICIPATION WITH MICROSOFT AND/OR WITH THIS WRITER, AND/OR WITH THE AGENTS, SERVANTS AND EMPLOYEES OF EITHER AND/OR BOTH MICROSOFT AND THIS WRITER.
2. Make sure your DVR is set up according to the instructions, but TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE, delay the installation of the software for as long as possible. Once you have done so, make sure the output of the DVR (you should have an output of the DVR's signal that would be connected as an Ethernet port in every room where you wish to hardwire the DVR to a computer router for surveillance using the computer. Most DVRs today have the ability to stream the surveillance picture to television sets within your home using a variety of routers, but this article is not intended to cover that subject. Using one of those ports, make sure it is hardwired to an Ethernet port from your router. Some active X controls cannot be installed wirelessly for reasons relating to security.
3. Then, open your internet explorer as an Administrator. (Make sure your Ethernet ports and wires are clean and shiny; because if you do not get a good connection, you may not get a download at all, or worse, the download might be faulty, and/or it might not install, or worse, might install improperly causing additional problems.) To run IE11 as an Administrator, right click on the default installation of IE11 from the taskbar. Choose the Internet Explorer, again, by pointing the mouse to it and RIGHT clicking it (Internet Explorer). It should NOT yet have opened. If it does, close it and start, again, from 3, or do the following: right click on the icon for IE11 on the taskbar, RIGHT click, again, on the list at "Internet Explorer" and then choose Run as Administrator and LEFT click on that. At this point, the IE Browser should open. It should be with Administrator privileges, but you will probably notice nothing different, yet. Enter the address of the URL that should be set up (you can need to set that up and must use the same IP address for your DVR as the address you will enter in your address bar on Internet Explorer now. Most DVRs have a Network setup area within the setup menu where you enter the private IP address (usually begins with 192.168.x.x where the remaining x's are the digits for the last two numbers of the IP address you will create. It cannot be the same as the IP address of any other device in your home or office that is a part of your network.) You will be greeted with a question, "Do you want to install the software?" There is OK or YES or NO or CANCEL, and to continue, choose OK or YES. You may see another warning about the installation of Active X files or controls. Accept the warning, install the software, and when finished, you will be asked to enter the ID and Password. If you get that far, you have most probably successfully installed the Active X files or controls. In my case, there are two small files, known as DVRWeb.ocx and dvrweb (a setup information file -- actually, dvrweb.inf, but the extension probably is not visible unless you have changed the default setting for displaying of your files and folders).
That is all there is to it. No modification of Group Policies or Registry Keys. Believe me, it works. My DVR installer was all set to install a DVD in my computer and to run it, tell me he uses that same DVD on all his clients computers. I told him there was an easier way and explained it to him, as he looked at me bewildered. He had never heard of something so simple. The active X files were actually coming from dvrdomain.com, which is a well known supplier of dvr software, in particular, active x files needed for the system that is "dialing in." Technically, yes, there is risk associated with this, but it doesn't get much better. The alternative is dealing with a DVD and software made outside of the USA that may or may not work and may or may not jam up your freshly set up Windows 7 computer (I mean, freshly restored to the factory image, if you have that capability).
Good luck -- and after it works, you can disregard those more complex instructions that require editing of --- anything. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view around your home, office, or wherever your surveillance cameras are installed. Please comply with local laws and ordinances relating to surveillance that crosses into public areas, as well as regulations, if any, relating to surveillance on private property.
NOTE: WHILE THE SUBJECT REFERS TO WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE, APPARENTLY, THIS WILL WORK WITH ALL (OR MOST) WINDOWS 7 COMPUTERS. MINE IS A 64 BIT COMPUTER WITH 32GB OF RAM AND AN INTEL I-7 6 CORE PROCESSOR, RUNNING 64 BIT WINDOWS 7 WITH SP1. I HAVE READ POSTS THAT SAY YOU CANNOT INSTALL ACTIVE X ON A 64 BIT OPERATING SYSTEM. THOSE POSTS ARE APPARENTLY NOT WORTH MUCH, BECAUSE MY SYSTEM IS RUNNING GREAT. THE VERSION OF FLASH I USED IS VERSION 21 -- A 64 BIT VERSION OF FLASH THAT WORKS WITH BOTH WINDOWS 32 BIT AND WINDOWS 64 BIT APPLICATIONS.