Question about Dell Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

1 Answer

Active desktop recovery

I am using an IBM R52 laptop; whenever I start the computer, I get the "warning" screen that the active desktop has to be restored.  I have tried to delete the Desktop.htt file but that did not seem to help.  When I open Internet Explorer, it opens to a default web page - I set that to the blank page and it seems to work when I reopen IE (goes to the blank page) but then when I reboot, I get the error message; if I leave IE on the default web page, the active desktop recovery warning page does not appear.  Any thoughts on how I can fix that? Installed object desktop and windowblinds and then wham......restore my active desktop, script error. Have to use the task manager to run anything and to shut down. Task bar and start menu flash on and off every 10 seconds. Am currently using "Hijack this" to hopefully help with the problem far not fixing it. Have run registry scans, adware, etc. Have right clicked on use. Have done system help. Don't know whether I have a virus or what??? Pleeeeeese help if you can. Thanks to all.

Posted by on

  • doodle12345 Dec 03, 2008

    It was behaving itself normally, I was using Firefox on XP, then the taskbar just disappeared. I minimized Firefox and saw that my wallpaper was also alternating between a picture I had and the 'Active Desktop Recovery' screen. It's so frustrating and I don't know what to do...


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 1,006 Answers

This program will remove those antispyware


Posted on Mar 25, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

I want to do a factory restore on my laptop with no cds

hi there,

You can try these steps:

  • 1

    Click "Start" menu.

  • 2

    Click "Programs."

  • 3

    Click "Acer Recovery Management."

  • 4

    Click the "Restore" button on the bottom of the dialog box that opens.

  • 5

    Click "Restore System to Factory Default."

  • 6

    Click "Yes" in the warning dialog box which asks if you wish to continue the recovery process.

  • 7

    Click "Start" to restore the computer to the default factory settings.

  • Hope this helps!

    Jul 04, 2011 | Acer Operating Systems

    1 Answer

    I tried to use the ctrl f11 to reformat my drive and it does not work


    Ctrl + F11 works with DELL desktop/laptops with XP operating system to restore computer to factory settings, that too if your recovery partition is intact. So, If you have the same configuration and you are pressing "ctrl + f11" correctly on the dell logo when it comes in the begening, It should work.

    If its not then your recovery partition might be damaged and you need a windows disk to repair/reinstall windows.

    Otherwise, if you are using any other operating system like "windows vista" or "7", follow the below process.

    Power off the laptop. Remove any peripheral devices such as speakers, printers or flash drives that are not necessary to this operation. Connect your laptop to power/adapter.

    Very Important: Please make sure you have backed up all important data because restoring your device to factory settings will result in loss of all data and software, Though all software that came preinstalled with the computer will come back.

    1. Backup your important data in external hard-drive or flash drive.
    2. Shut down the computer.
    3. Turn the PC back on and hit the F8 key repeatedly until the Advanced Boot Option Screen appears.
    4. Click "Repair Your Computer" if you are not already on it and then press ENTER
    5. Choose your keyboard & language options and click OK
    6. On the "System Recovery Options Screen" click "Complete PC restore" which is probably the second last option.
    7. Follow the on-screen instructions
    8. When prompted, click on "Full Factory Recovery"
    9. Click "Next"
    10. Click "Yes"
    11. You may notice for a while it seems like nothing is happening, give it some time.
    12. After some minutes, recovery will complete and you click "Finish".

    13. Computer will restart and it will boot to desktop just fine. It might ask you to configure some settings as this is equivalent to starting a new computer.

    May 15, 2011 | Operating Systems

    1 Answer

    I have an acer aspire 4736g, i need to restore my notebook to factory default, i wait for the acer logo to appear on the lcd screen. then i press the "Alt" and "F10" keys at the same...

    Things You'll Need:
    Acer PC or laptop
    Step 1:
    Click "Start" menu.
    Step 2:
    Click "Programs."
    Step 3:
    Click "Acer Recovery Management."
    Step 4:
    Click the "Restore" button on the bottom of the dialog box that opens.
    Step 5:
    Click "Restore System to Factory Default."
    Step 6:
    Click "Yes" in the warning dialog box which asks if you wish to continue the recovery process.
    Step 7:
    Click "Start" to restore the computer to the default factory settings.
    Tips & Warnings
    If you are unable to access the Start menu, use the recovery CDs that came with the computer or visit Acer's website (see Resources below).
    Always make a back-up CD before restoring a computer to factory defaults.
    Acer Website

    Mar 01, 2011 | Acer Operating Systems

    1 Answer

    My Dell Inspiron 5315 won't let me restore it to Factory Settings I'm not sure if there's a trick to it or if it is possible for a virus to stop me from doing it? I do all the steps and then my computer...

    Hello trivium_adan, It sounds like everything you've done is correct!

    Try these instructions to restore your computer back to the Factory Settings.

    • Once the Computer "Bootup;" quickly press, tap the[DEL] key, located at the top [Right] next to the Scroll Lock, and END keys"
    • The next window will be the "Recovery Environment."

    Note: The wording may differ depending on the type & model computer.

    • "Options:" Select the option, "Repair your Computer."
    • In the next [Systems Recovery] windows, you will have to "Enter" (Location, Password...)
    • Next, choose the box that best describes, the Recovery Wizard:
    • This will have a notice! Restores System back to Factory Settings, or Out of Box!

    Note: There will be all types of "Warnings!" Read carefully, before continuing.

    Attention: "Once the Recovery begins, Do Not Touch the computer, for any reason at all!"

    • The whole recovery can take up to (4 Hours), the computer will "SHUTDOWN & RESTART several times, several!
    • So until you see the LOGIN" screen, Do Not Touch the computer.

    If this information helped? Return and give a "Helpful Rating," please!
    Thanks, paul7of9

    Feb 14, 2011 | Operating Systems

    1 Answer

    Hi, My desktop screen is white say this Active Desktop Recovery Microsoft Windows has experienced an unexpected error. As a precaution, your Active Desktop has been turned off. To restore the Active...

    This could be a sign of possible issues. I would check the drive for bad sectors. I would run a test of the memory (such as Mem test86) and verify there are no problems.

    Jun 28, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

    1 Answer

    Blue Screened= Harddisk Security Password

    need more info is this a IBM? mechine what OS the password what made (providing IBM) when the drive was activated formatted. was this bought used? is the company that you bought it from still around if not you can try the simple 12345 NOTE!!!! you will only have three chances to try then the drive will lock and become totally useless in which you will have to buy another drive and OS unless you have the install disk

    Mar 08, 2010 | Operating Systems

    1 Answer

    Need 2 reset 2 factory setting

    you need to have the RESTORE cd from your manufacturer.(if you bought a laptop o desktop it may came with restoration cd that includes the windows and proper drivers for your system)

    place the cd into cd/dvd drive, restart the computer it will start from the disk and basicly you will have to follow simple directions on the screen. the program does it all for you !.

    If you computer did not have a cd at the moment of purchased you have the IMAGE of the restoration cd built'in in your had drive.
    pay attention to the lower part of you screen after you turn the computer on.
    it will display something like "F2 to recovery mode" "F10 SETUP"

    depends on the maker like sony hp, ibm. this option keys changes, so after you know what is the right key on your case press it a few times to enter to Something like ""recovery mode"" and follow the instructions some times they are two options.

    pasive mode it will fix ay star up problem and won't delete your files.

    HARD mode it will format the partition where he windows will be re-installed, (good choice if you have a virus in your system and many junk programs installed).

    remember just followthe screen instructions.

    Oct 08, 2009 | Operating Systems

    2 Answers

    How do I start to reinstall my Toshiba P300 laptop? I've had trouble with my laptop. Whenever I try to open a zip file, the computer crashes. I've had the Windows techies on and they didn't fix it so i've...

    So to install HDD recovery, please do as follow:
    • Start your notebook after the bios screen press F8 to enter “Advanced boot options” (if you get the timing wrong, just restart and keep pressing F8)
    • Choose the first offered option “Repair my Computer” to enter Vista “System Recovery Options”
    • Choose the last option – Toshiba recovery option
    • Follow the menu on the screen

    Please note that whole HDD will be deleted and if you have some important data please back it up

    Aug 05, 2009 | Operating Systems

    1 Answer

    Explorer.EXE application error

    I think It's a virus problem
    Scan ur computer wih this:-

    Hope It Solved Your Problem
    Good Day

    Apr 16, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

    Not finding what you are looking for?
    Operating Systems Logo

    315 people viewed this question

    Ask a Question

    Usually answered in minutes!

    Top Dell Operating Systems Experts

    Steve Mason

    Level 2 Expert

    304 Answers

    Mark Magill
    Mark Magill

    Level 2 Expert

    122 Answers

    David Payne
    David Payne

    Level 3 Expert

    13437 Answers

    Are you a Dell Operating System Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

    Answer questions

    Manuals & User Guides