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Article ID: 892049 - Last Review: October 25, 2013 - Revision: 3.0

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256986  ( ) Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry

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In Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), when you open a Web page that contains an ActiveX control by using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the shortcut menu for the ActiveX control does not display.

Note Disabling the security features in Internet Explorer does not change this behavior and the shortcut menu for the ActiveX control still does not display.


This problem occurs because Internet Explorer does not forward calls to the ActiveX control by using the IDocHostUIHandler::ShowContextMenu method.


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


Windows XP Service Pack 2 is required.

Restart requirement

You have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name
   14-Jan-2005  06:00  6.0.2900.2597  3,007,488  Mshtml.dll       


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More information

Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

After you install this hotfix, you must enable the hotfix by adding the following registry subkey into the registry:
To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Close Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl
  4. On the Edit menu, click New, and then click Key.
  5. Type FEATURE_ACTIVEX_CONTEXT_MENU_KB892049, and then press ENTER.
  6. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_ACTIVEX_CONTEXT_MENU_KB892049
  7. On the Edit menu, click New, and then click DWORD Value.
  8. Type iexplore.exe, and then press ENTER.
  9. Right-click iexplore.exe, and then click Modify.
  10. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, type 00000001, and then click OK.
  11. On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.
For more information about the IDocHostUIHandler::ShowContextMenu method, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site: (
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  ( ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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