Windows XP allows a user to completely customize the desktop by adding links to websites. This customization provides shortcuts to frequently visited websites, and saves time in finding the links in a browser. The feature can be turned off and on as desired. Active Desktop is not offered in the new Windows 7 operating system because it was viewed as a security risk to the computer. Therefore, removing the active window or removing the Active Desktop feature all together provides security for the user.
Click "Start" and choose "Control Panel."
Click the "Display" icon.
Click the "Desktop" tab. Click the "Customize Desktop" button.
Click the "Web" tab. Click all of the boxes to remove the check marks.
- Active Desktop can also be completely uninstalled from "Add/Remove Programs." See the "Resources" section for removal instructions from Microsoft. Active Desktop is not available with Windows Vista or above versions.
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