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Active Desktop Recovery

Active Desktop Recovery problems are usually caused by Errors in the Windows PC Registry. Registry errors may cause an interruption in the normal Windows Boot-up process which directly leads to the Active Desktop Recovery error showing up on your screen.

What is Active Desktop Recovery

The Active Desktop Recovery message appears on your monitor screen when the Windows boot up has been interrupted. Reasons why this might occur include a power outage, a faulty program, and/ or a virus or multiple forms of spyware. In some cases, having too many anti-spyware/anti-virus applications installed on the computer can even result in this message appearing each time you boot up. Typically all you need to do is to select the button that says "Restore my Active Desktop." Let's take a look at how to get past this message.

Active Desktop Recovery: Properties

Try the first set of directions first. If that does not work to get rid of the desktop recovery message, try the second set of directions.

Set 1:

  • When the Active Desktop Recovery message appears, right-click on a blank area of the screen and select Properties.
  • Select the option for "Desktop."
  • Now, select the option that you want from the list of choices for your desktop.

Set 2:

  • As soon as the Active Desktop Recovery message appears, right-click on the screen and select Properties.
  • Select the option for "Desktop."
  • Now, select the operating system from the list of choices for your desktop e.g. Windows XP Pro.
  • You should be able to switch the display of your desktop to any of the other options now.

Active Desktop Recovery: Scan for Spyware and Viruses

Quite often, problems with the way our computers boot up happen because of a virus or too many spyware applications. Update your anti-virus/anti-spyware application and run a thorough scan of your system.

Active Desktop Recovery: Remove Spare Anti-Spyware and Anti-Virus Programs

On the off-chance that you have too many anti-virus/anti-spyware applications installed on the computer, remove or disable any that you are not currently using (unless of course they are ones that you paid to have.)

Active Desktop Recovery: Remove New Software or Hardware

If you recently added some new hardware or software, then you can try removing it and see if the problem goes away. If that strategy works, check the system requirements and compatibility of the software or hardware with your computer system.

Active Desktop Recovery: Regedit

Make sure that you back up your registry first in case something does not go well with this strategy. You'll be changing the value of a key and you can always change it back if it does not work.

  • Click "Start" and then "Run."
  • Type in "regedit" and press "Enter."
  • Search for the following:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components
  • Click the value written as "DeskHtmlVersion."
  • Select or click on the "decimal" button.
  • Change the value to read "0" instead of "272."
  • Wait until the screen changes or reboot if nothing happens.

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