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Manage browser add-ons using "Add-on Configurator for Windows XP SP2"

Add-on Configurator utility allows you to quickly block or unblock a browser add-on using the Group Policy / registry settings in Windows XP Service Pack 2. The following options are included: View add-on information / status Unblock an Add-on Block an Add-on (Current user) Block an Add-on (All users)

[Addonconfig.zip] For stand-alone systems running Windows XP Service Pack 2 only.

View add-on information

This button generates a small text file which shows the current state of the Add-on (for the given CLSID). (Whether disabled via Group Policy Editor / ActiveX Compatibility - Kill-bit set ? etc).

Sample log is below:

--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Add-on Configurator for Windows XP Service Pack 2 - View Add-on Report
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Add-on Class Id : {CA8A9780-280D-11CF-A24D-444553540000}
Add-on Description : Adobe Acrobat Control for ActiveX
Add-on FileName : C:\PROGRA~1\Adobe\ACROBA~1.0\Reader\ActiveX\pdf.ocx
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Here is the status of the particular Add-on
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Is Kill-bit set for this Add-on? : FALSE

Is the Add-on disabled via Policies - (Per user)? : FALSE

Is the Add-on disabled via Policies - (Per system)? : TRUE

Is the Add-on disabled by user - (Per user basis)? : FALSE

Is the Add-on disabled by user - (Per system basis)? : FALSE
--------------------------------------------------------------------------


Description - Command buttons

Unblock Add-on

This button enables the add-on (CLSID) if the add-on was disabled already using any of these methods:

  • Via Manage Add-ons dialog

  • Via the registry

  • Policy setting (Current user)

  • Policy setting (All users)

  • ActiveX Kill-bit

All of the above restrictions are cleared for the given CLSID.

Scenario where this can be used:

"This add-on is managed by your Administrator" message while managing an add-on in Windows XP SP2

In the above case, you needed to verify all the registry keys and then remove the particular CLSID in the registry to make it user manageable. More information: How to manage Internet Explorer add-ons in Windows XP Service Pack 2

To automate the task, download this utility "Add-on Configurator" and type-in the CLSID of the control which you want to enable. Then click the Unblock Add-on button.

To know the CLSID for a disabled add-on, see: addonpol2.JPG

Block this Add-on (Group Policy - Current user)

This option disables the specified add-on/CLSID using the Policy settings, for current user profile only

Block this Add-on (Group Policy - All Users)

This option disables the specified add-on/CLSID using the Policy settings, for all the user profiles.