I'm stuck on #2. I got as far as: "User Configuration-->Administrative templates"
There is no submenu labeled "All settings ", neither there nor under any of the other submenus under that heading.
Here are two screendumps I made of what I am viewing when I follow your instructions.
The screens do not look the same as yours.
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Step1: Start IE8.
Step2: Just click on Tools button and view a drop-down menu to view the options.
Step3: Now you should be in the Tools list, click Manage Add-ons option, a new menu with Internet Explorer 8 add-on should open.
Step 4: Here you will see the ActiveX control that you wish to disable, simply select from different classes of controls like Search Providers or Toolbars and Extensions
Step 5: On to the ActiveX control that you want to disable simply right-click on it.
Step 6: To finish disabling the control click Disable and then click Yes.
So to sum it up all you have to do is click Tools, Internet Options, Advanced and then find the ActiveX control that you want to disable or turn off. Right click on to the ActiveX control that need to disable, and finally click Disable and then click Yes.
This looks like what you have already done, so I am just repeating just in case you missed a step or missed one of the active x.
Also this is what I found once you have done the above (which you already have):
Internet Explorer 4.x or later, include the Occache.dll file, which is used to enumerate, update, and safely uninstall ActiveX controls using a "shell folder."
You can also go to this site: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/240797 to How to stop an ActiveX control from running in Internet Explorer.
I have not found anything else that will help you besides what I have posted up top. I have been all of the internet just in case I have forgotten something to write down for you to do. I will have to opt out of this question and turn it over to another expert.