I am trying to install an ActiveX control via AD and Group Policy. I want the ActiveX control to be installed when a user visits a webpage which is in my intranet zone. The problem I have is that our standard users do not have rights to install software. I have created an .msi and published it in AD and confirmed that the user can see it in Add/Remove programs. However when the user visits the webpage the ActiveX does not get installed. In the Event Viewer there is an error that says "The install of application {application name} from policy {policy name} failed. The error was : Access is denied.

If I make the user a member of local admins it installs fine but I was under the impression that if I published the msi it would be installed using admin privileges. I have spent a lot of time looking for an answer but haven't found one yet.

Below is a list of what I have done to create and publish the .msi if anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

I found the .dll the ActiveX control was using and created the msi by :

Creating a Setup project in Visual Studio 2008.
Adding the ActiveX control DLL file into this Setup project.
Selecting vsdrfCOM as the Register property for the ActiveX control DLL file.

I then followed Microsoft's instructions on setting up the Group Policy http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894571

and created the usecoinstall reg key.


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