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Microsoft KB Archive/173476

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FILE: Active Document Container Apps Must Redistribute ACTXPRXY

Article ID: 173476

Article Last Modified on 8/5/2004


  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 128-Bit Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 2

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Active Document container applications will fail to display an Active Document in-place on machines that do not have Office 97 or Internet Explorer installed. When distributing an Active Document container, you need to redistribute the Actxprxy.dll with the application. AxRedist.exe contains the Actxprxy.dll.


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Actxprxy.dll must be installed on a system in order for local server (EXE) Active Document objects to open in place in Active Document containers. Actxprxy.dll provides out-of-process marshalling for the Active Document interfaces; if it doesn't exist and isn't registered, out-of-process containers will fail to perform the necessary interface negotiation to open the Active Document server. This isn't a problem on machines with Internet Explorer 3.0, Office 97, or any more recent version of those two products installed. If a developer deploys their own Active Document container on systems without Internet Explorer or Office 97 installed, they will need to redistribute Actxprxy.dll.

AxRedist.exe contains the ActiveX redistributables for the ActiveX SDK. Axredist.exe is a self-extracting executable file. To extract the files contained in Axredist.exe, copy the file to a subdirectory of your choice and extract the files by typing: "axredist.exe -d". NOTE: Failing to use the -d option causes these files to extract into a flat-file structure rather than into their proper subdirectories. Axredist.exe contains the file Aprxdist.exe, which installs Actxprxy.dll (see the Readme.txt file contained in AxRedist for more information on installing this DLL). Axredist.exe is available for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 only (same file).

This DLL is also available as part of a redistributable package, which is part of the ActiveX SDK.

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