In Windows, elements can be in the "disabled" state until the appropriate time or selection has been made. Here is an example using a typical "find console", seen in many Windows applications:
Screen shot of a typical "find" console in Windows
Notice the "Find Next" button on the right side of the console appears grayed out and unclickable. That's what called a "disabled" button. As soon as you type something into the "Find What" box, this button will immediately be enabled. If you're currently using Windows (and who doesn't?), you should be familiar with this useful interface feature that makes operating Windows much more user friendly.