The Crystal Reports ActiveX report viewer fails to install when using Internet Explorer versions 9, 10, or 11.
Article ID: 0014
Date Created: May 31, 2011
Last Modified: September 19, 2014
Applies to: ReCrystallize Pro Web Wizard for Crystal Reports, versions 11.5 - 14
When attempting to view a report with the Crystal Reports ActiveX viewer using Internet Explorer 9 or later, the browser prompts three times to install the ActiveX viewer. A red X is displayed in the upper left of the browser window. Attempting to refresh the page or view the report again results in the same behavior.
Automatic installation of the Crystal Reports ActiveX viewer may fail in Internet Explorer versions 9 and higher regardless of security settings.
ReCrystallize Pro version 14 or later provides the option of using the .NET based report viewer, which works with most web browsers, does not require download or installation of a viewer, and is not affected by this issue. The Java web report viewer provides a similar report viewing experience to the ActiveX viewer and is not affected by this issue.
To use the ActiveX viewer with Internet Explorer 9 or 10, follow the steps below to manually install the viewer. This is a one-time process for each computer.
This solution manually installs required files for the Crystal Reports XI R2 (11.5) ActiveX viewer.
1. Purchase the ActiveX Viewer manual installer or purchase ReCrystallize Pro.
2. Download the ActiveX Viewer 11.5 manual installation MSI file using the link provided by email.
It may be possible to "push" and remotely install this MSI package to computers on a Windows domain using Group Policy and Active Directory. We have not tested remote deployment of this package.
ReCrystallize Pro customers may have this file installed at
so that client browsers can download the file from
where YOURSERVER is the name or address of your web server.
3. Run the MSI file to install the required version 11.5 ActiveX viewer DLLs to the "Windows\Download Program Files" folder and register the DLLs.
Browse to the location of the ActiveXViewer115ManualInstall.msi file. Internet Explorer may prompt to confirm that you want to download and run the installation file. Click
If possible, add your web server to Internet Explorer's Trusted Sites zone. This will eliminate multiple prompts to install the ActiveX viewer objects.
Browse to a report web page that uses the ActiveX report viewer. Internet Explorer may prompt to allow installation of the 'Crystal Report ActiveX Viewer Control' from Business Objects Americas'
Internet Explorer may prompt again for 'Crystal Report ActiveX Viewer Web Report Broker' and 'Crystal Report ActiveX Viewer Helper''. In each case, click Allow or Allow for all websites.
The ActiveX viewer should then load and display the report. It should not be necessary to repeat this process to view additional reports on the same computer.
In Internet Explorer 10, Compatibility Mode may be required for the report to display correctly in the ActiveX viewer. Compatibility Mode may be activated by clicking on the icon of a broken page to the right of the web address in the address bar.
In Windows 8, only the Desktop version of Internet Explorer supports ActiveX controls and other binary browser add-ons.