Active desktop recovery is one of those errors you wish never existed. It’s not a showstopper but definitely annoying. I’ve run across this issue various times throughout computer tech career. I’m not sure what causes this error but it could be virus or spyware related. It could also be one of the weird Microsoft errors that happens just because it’s a Microsoft product (you know exactly what I’m talking about). Normally I would tell you to reboot your computer and try again. Chances are, you’ve already restarted your computer many times and that’s how you got here.
Below are four different fixes that might help you restore active desktop. You will need to restart your computer after each fix and see if it resolves your active desktop recovery error. Please comment whether it resolved your computer issue or not!
1. This is by far the easiest fix if it works!
2. Click the “Restore my Active Desktop” button.
3. Reboot computer
This is probably the easiest fix. Copy and paste the below in notepad and save as fix.vbs on your desktop. Run the file and reboot your computer!
HKEY_CURRENT_USER = &H80000001
strComputer = “.”
Set objReg = GetObject(“winmgmts:\\” & strComputer & “\root\default:StdRegProv”)
strKeyPath = “Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components”
strValue = “0″
ValueName = “DeskHtmlVersion”
objReg.SetDWORDValue HKEY_CURRENT_USER, strKeyPath, ValueName, strValue
- Go to Run, type regedit and hit enter
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components
- Select the value DeskHtmlVersion
- Select the Decimal radial button
- Change the value of 272 to 0
- Most of the time it might take a few seconds for your background to appear and other times…you might need to restart your computer.
- Open an explorer window or My Computer
- Folder Options
- Uncheck Hide protected operating system files
- Now do a search for desktop.htt…it should be on your C: normally
- Delete any desktop.htt files you find (there could be more than one depending on how many user profiles are on the machine) They should be located in Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
- Close all windows you have open
- Now reboot your PC..Windows will recreate desktop.htt for you and it should work!