toaster.exe | Dell Backup and Recovery | Is It Safe?

The unusual name of Toaster.exe gets it some extra attention.

However, the file is common and is part of Dell’s Backup and Recovery system.

Toaster.exe is a tool that runs in the background of your computer to assist with computer recovery beyond what Windows offers. The Dell Backup and Recovery system offers extended features beyond the Windows recovery environment.

The Backup and Recovery system usually comes pre-installed on Dell machines. This program is not essential to the operation of the computer, and you can opt to uninstall the Backup and Recovery system, which will also remove the toaster executable.

While your computer will likely run just fine with the Dell Backup and Recovery system installed, you can remove it and opt to use the Windows recovery system instead.

If you do not have a compelling reason to remove this software, it is best to leave it alone in case you need recovery options.


Common Toaster.exe errors

Toaster.exe does use some system resources, but it is generally lightweight and usually doesn’t often cause system errors. If you are unsure whether you would like to use the Dell Backup and Recovery system you should contact a computer technician who will be able to advise you if the software is worth removing.

The following are some errors with Toaster.exe:

  • Toaster- Bad Image.
  • Toaster is not running.
  • Toaster has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
  • Cannot find Toaster
  • Error starting program: Toaster
  • Toaster.could not be found.
  • Toaster could not be installed.
  • Toaster.exe could not be launched. Class not registered.
  • Faulting Application Path: Toaster
  • Application Error.
  • This file is missing or corrupt: Toaster.exe
  • Toaster.exe could not be started.
  • Toaster.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
  • Failed to initialize properly.
  • Windows failed to start

How To Fix Toaster.exe Errors

One way to fix these errors is to reinstall the related application. This should reinstall the latest executable files and fix any issues. If you need more help, please contact the application’s support team.

You may wish to uninstall the previous version first too – to be downloaded to a ‘clean’ PC.

Another easy fix is to download the file from Dell. This can be a technical process, so it’s best to leave this up to a developer.

A better fix would be reinstallation of the software or updating drivers for hardware components. You may also need to check your anti-virus and firewall software as they may be blocking installation.

How Can You Tell if Toaster.exe Is Legit or a Virus?

The file is usually legitimate – it’s an important part of a reputable piece of software – but there are occasions where this may not be the case.

In particular malware writers and hackers sometimes give their virus the name as a legitimate file to fool you.

Here then are a few tips to ensure your version of Toaster.exe is not malware.

Check the Location of the File

Spyware and malware are often smuggled in odd locations. This contrasts sharply with good executable files that fit neatly in places that make sense.

Here’s how you find the file’s location:

How To Check A File’s Location

a. Press ctrl-alt-del

b. Click on the ‘Processes Tab’ :

c. Highlight the Toaster.exe file as above

d. Right click and click ‘Properties’ to get the following screen:


e. Note the location (circled)

If the file is in C:\Windows\System32 or a relevant ‘Program Files’ folder then it is probably legitimate.

Run Anti Malware Software

Anti malware software should pick up any rogue files.

Check out our review of the best malware removal software for suggestions


Toaster.exe is usually a safe file from Dell. You should, however, check to ensure any file with this name is the legitimate file.

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