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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry.Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore itif a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the"Restoring the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring aRegistry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.
This article describes how to change the default folder to which ActiveX files are installed when you download an ActiveX control. The default path of this folder is "Windows\Downloaded Program Files."
WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems thatmay require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannotguarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of RegistryEditor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing KeysAnd Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add andDelete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topicsin Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you editit.
ActiveX .ocx and .inf files are installed in the Windows\DownloadedProgram Files folder by default. To change this location, follow thesesteps:
Use Registry Editor to change the "ActiveXCache" value to the location you want in the following registry key:
NOTE: The values you enter in steps 1 and 2 must match.
The new value can be a folder on a local hard disk, a Universal NamingConvention (UNC) name, or a mapped network drive. Note that storingActiveX files on a network server may reduce Internet Explorer performancebecause the ActiveX files must be run over the network.