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Fix Windows Update Errors by Letting ActiveX Traffic Through

If Windows Updates fail, the error codes return are designed to make it easier to fix connectivity problems, but are a lot of times a waste of time. Here we will show how to fix connectivity problems by allowing ActiveX traffic through your router.

For fixing Windows Update Errors:

The help files for errors are of little help even when you click the link to “Get help with this error”. The true problem may be because you are filtering ActiveX traffic.
Still if you have disabled Internet Explorer 8, Windows Update wants some of the Internet Explorer 8 components to work – especially ActiveX. Luckily, even if you have disabled IE8, you can use Windows Update, as long as ActiveX traffic can reach your PC.

ActiveX can be filter in a number of firewall solutions, both software and hardware. One of the more common solutions that can filter ActiveX simply is the open source router firmware DD-WRT. We will show you how to disable ActiveX filtering in DD-WRT – if you are using some other firewall solution, refer to its documentation to disable ActiveX filtering, or leave a comment on this post and we will try to identify how to disable it.

To disable ActiveX filtering on a router using DD-WRT, navigate to your router’s IP address in a web browser.
So, if you are not sure what your router’s IP address is, open a command prompt by pressing Win+R and typing in “cmd”.

In the command prompt, type in “ipconfig” and hit enter.

The IP address listed under “Default Gateway” should be your routers. Enter it in the URL bar of your favoured web browser. Tick on the “Security” tab, and look for a checkbox labelled “Filter ActiveX.” Uncheck the box. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Apply Settings” button.
Now, you have been able to close your web browser now, and try Windows Update again.
All over again each router is different and the processes of allowing traffic through vary.


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