How to restore my Active Desktop

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I usually had a wall paper image as my desktop background. However, after I had encountered an error in the internet explore when I was browsing the internet which had caused me to forcibly shutdown/reboot my computer, I had noticed that my desktop background was turned to white with “Active Desktop Recovery” caption and a button which says “Restore my Active Desktop”. I tried to click the button, but a message window which will prompt you to “Run” or “Not to Run” a certain script will appear. I had tried both options, but still no to avail.

I tried to normally shutdown as well as restarted my computer but still the “Active Desktop Recovery” background exists. My first impression was that, I was been hit by Trojan or Malware so I then double checked my patches and virus definition. However, they were all updated. I also tried to run Full-System Scan, but my anti-virus found no malicious software and abnormalities on my system.

Any tips and advices on this issue are highly appreciated. Thanks.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #119095

How to restore my Active Desktop

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Yes dear you are right that these types of problems are usually the viruses which are automatically downloaded from the internet while surfing. So don’t worry about that it is not a problematic thing. you only need to scan all of the files of your computer specially the C drive from viruses and any of the virus found there then you should delete that one.

Now how you can restore you desktop is that do right click on that white screen then press properties and then you found theme and then click your default theme there and then press apply and the ok. I hope you will fix your this problem by doing this. Thanks.

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How to restore my Active Desktop

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Hi there! It seems like your Active desktop file might be damaged. It may be because its content is corrupted. Well, if doing a reboot will not fix the problem you could try these steps:

  1. Open your Windows Explorer > Click the View menu > Open Folder options
  2. Inside the Folder Options box > Go to Advance settings and choose "show all files"
  3. Clear the Hide file extensions for known file types> Hit on Apply and OK > Exit from Windows explorer
  4. Click on Start on your Taskbar > settings > Active Desktop > Click to clear out the view on the Web page box
  5. Click on start again > Go to find > click on Files and folders > type in Desktop.htt in the box > click find now
  6. Inside the Name list, Right click on the Desktop.htt and then rename on the menu
  7. Rename you Desktop.htt to Desktop.old and hit on ENTER
  8. Click YES when prompted to rename the system file Desktop.htt to Desktop.old
  9. Go to your Control panel > Display
  10. On you Display box > under the wallpaper try to click on any background picture but not the one you are currently using > Hit Apply and then OK
  11. Reboot you computer
  12. The last thing you need to do is repeat these steps and change the background to the one you want:
  13. Go to your Control panel > Display
  14. On you Display box > under the wallpaper try to click on any background picture but not the one you are currently using > Hit Apply and then OK

Hope this helped you out.

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How to restore my Active Desktop

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Search for your desktop.htt and delete it; restart your computer.

If you are not able to find “desktop.htt” file.

Go into Explorer > Tools > folder options > View tab, and elect to show protected operating system files. 

If above does not work, then press start menu, click run, type in open field-> regedit , press-> ok and modify following key :
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerDesktopSafeModeComponents
Change the value of DeskHtmlVersion to zero instead of decimal 272.

If it is not possible for you to modify the registry entries
-> copy the text in the box to a notepad [format/wordwrap unchecked] and save as fixkey.reg to your desktop; 

double click it to run… agree; if it instead opens in notepad then right click the icon [file], choose Open with, Registry editor…. or Merge

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