Internet Component Download


  • On MSDN I have read that Internet Component Download is obsolete as of Internet Explorer 7.
    Therefore I have some questions depending on it:
    Does IE7 support it in any kind?
    How does Internet Explorer 8 support Internet Component Download?
    What technology or what technique would be use instead Internet Component Download in browsers above?
    Monday, November 02, 2009 7:38 AM


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  • Hi Anton,

    An the link to the MSDN article is?

    Monday, November 02, 2009 8:48 PM
  • If you type 'Internet Component Download' in google the first reference will be msdn reference with article with this information.

    This is direct link on it:

    Moreover the most of articles about Internet Component Download or OSD (Open Software Description) contains the same information, such as:

    and many others.


    Tuesday, November 03, 2009 4:35 AM
  • Hi,

    They still install in Win7 and IE8. The difference is that on XP machines your could disable or uninstall them from the context menu in the Downloaded Programs Folder. Later OS and IE versions only allow you to disable the controls from the IE Addons Manager. Look at the problems that have occurred with the Adobe and Shockwave Flash components. My vista machine has 3 versions.

    See Best Practices for building ActiveX updaters below.

    I think the statement

    Note  This technology is obsolete as of Windows Internet Explorer 7 and should not be used

    Is a discouragement to entice you to use more modern software technologies. Search for Developing ActiveX Controls in .net.

    See Eric Lawernce's site post

    Best Practices

    Note also that Silverlight is distributed as an Download Program File and appears in your IE's Addons Manager as a downloaded ActiveX control.


    • Marked as answer by Anton1024 Tuesday, November 03, 2009 11:35 AM
    Tuesday, November 03, 2009 10:44 AM
  • Thanks a lot.
    Tuesday, November 03, 2009 11:36 AM