When you experience this particular problem, you are likely to see an error code akin to the following:
Runtime Error 429 – ActiveX Component Can’t Create Object
This indicates a problem with the Active X component of Windows. ActiveX is a software framework created by Microsoft that adapts its earlier Component Object Model and Object Linking and Embedding technologies for content downloaded from a network, which usually involves the Internet.
The first thing to try with regard to this error is to attempt to clean the registry of your computer. A good way to do this is to download the Total System Care, which will do an excellent job of cleaning your registry and often sort out the problem in itself.
More Information and Manual Resolution
This should be a relatively simple problem to resolve.
The official advice from Microsoft indicates that you should run the System Restore utility. Thus, the first thing to do is to attempt to boot the computer in safe mode, and then do a full system restore to a point when your computer was working. You can then re-install any devices or programmes that have been removed by this virtual step back in time. To activate Safe Mode, hold F8 when your computer is initially booting up. Once you’ve reached the desktop in Safe Mode, type ‘System’ into the Start search box and press Enter once ‘System Restore’ is highlighted. You should then be able to run the system restore utility.
If you’re still having problems then start your computer by using the Last Known Good Configuration. To do this follow these steps:
When you see the ‘Please select the operating system to start’ message, press the F8 key.
When the ‘Windows Advanced Option’s menu appears, select ‘Last Known Good Configuration’ and then press the ‘Enter’ key.
This should solve the problem. Beyond this, if you still experience problems you would be advised to contact Microsoft, as this should be a relatively straightforward problem to solve, and not one that should necessitate reinstalling Windows.