Unable to read e-mails re ActiveX controls

I have Win XP Home,IE8 and Outlook Express.
An important e-mail cannot be read as I get the following message :- One or more Active X controls could not be displayed because either :
1)Your current security settings prohibit running ActiveX controls on this page or
2)You have blocked a publisher of one of the controls.
As a result the page may not be displayed correctly (which it isn`t,in fact not at all)
Active X controls are a complete mystery to me so any help to resolve this problem will be much appreciated.

  MAT ALAN 11:49 02 Jul 2010

In Microsoft OE, select:
Tools > Options > Mail Format > Message Format >
Check the options "Use MS Office Word

in explorer

Tools-Options,security tab, and then on the security zone dropdown list select : Internet, then apply.

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