How to fix Windows Active Desktop Recovery Error

Apr 1, 2013

Sometimes Windows XP starts to display a white desktop with Active Desktop Recovery message and the Active Desktop recovery fails. That’s a common Active Desktop Recovery Error. In this article we will discuss about a simple way to fix the Windows Active Desktop Recovery error. If your Windows XP computer is showing similar problem and you need a solution, read on.

The Windows Active Desktop Recovery error is a common problem. The Restore my Active Desktop button that appears on the desktop is not always helpful. In fact, it might return a script error. Are you experiencing a similar problem on your computer? Need some help? If yes, follow the steps mentioned below and get back your normal desktop.

Active Desktop Recovery Error

Solution to Active Desktop Recovery error in Windows XP:

  1. Press Windows start button and go to Run…
  2. Type regedit in the open field and press OK.
  3. Windows Registry Editor will appear. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER, expand Software and open Microsoft. Then open Internet Explorer, Desktop, SafeMode and Components. Your path should be like this: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components
  4. In Components folder, double click on DeskHtmlVersion.
  5. Edit DWORD Value window will appear. Select the radio button for Decimal and change the Value Data from 272 to 0.
  6. Press the OK button.

That’s it. Wait a few sections and your Windows desktop with background will reappear. If your normal desktop is not appearing, restart your computer. The Active Desktop Recovery Error should go away!

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