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Active Desktop Message on Desktop

By hwong ·
We have Windows 98. Ocasionally when we turned on the PC and booted, there is the Active Desktop message shown on the backupground and the desktop was messed up. This could also occurred when accessing certain web site. Together with the Active Desktop message is the error of Invalid Operation.

Although the desktop can be refreshed by clicking the RESTORE on the message, we would like to know what did we do wrong causing the Active Desktop message and how to fix it so it won't show up again?

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by amedee In reply to Active Desktop Message on ...

You probably did nothing wrong - sometimes defaecations just occur. (sh*t just happens).

Somethimes this happens when you open a web page with a badly written script or applet inside, or one that opens a lot of other browser windows. At that point, Internet Explorer panics, and it goes ballistic. The Active Desktop is part of IE4.0 (and up, I presume) So when IE crashes, your AD might also crash. Compare this with the blue screen when you reboot your pc after shutting it down with the power shitch, not with Start - Exit Windows. (you know, where Scandisk kicks in)

The only solution that works 100%, is disabling Active Desktop. I don't know much people who make actually good use of it, so why use it? It's just clutter and another waste of system resources. I always recommend disabling it, unless you *reallllly* need it. And with "really" I mean Mission Critical (with capitals!)
You can easily disable the Active Desktop via Control Panel: Display - Web.

Hope this helps you.

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