For your Active X problem you can go to Internet Explorer and change your security level to medium.
From the Tools menu click Internet Options
Click the Security tab
Click the Custom level button
Where it says Reset Custom Settings, pick Medium from the drop down menu
Click the Reset button
When asked to confirm, click Yes
If you are running a professional version of Windows try enabling active x through local group policy.
Click Start then Run
Type gpedit.msc and click Ok
Double click User Configuration\Windows Settings\Internet Explorer\Maintenance\Security
Double click Security Zones and Content Ratings on the right side
Under Security Zones and Privacy, click Import the Current Security Zones and Privacy Settings and click Modify
In the Security Tab, click Default Level and click Ok.