Active Desktop Recovery Error
A common problem on Windows XP with Internet Explorer 7 Installed is an incompatibility with the desktop.htt file. This will cause the desktop to show the recovery screen(seen below) and will not allow you to re-active it.
Active Desktop Recovery Error
To solve this problem you need to reset a registry setting for the desktop.

Solution

  • Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  • Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Internet Explorer > Desktop > SafeModeComponent 
    • In the right pane, right-click DeskHtmlVersion, and then click Modify.
    • RegeditIn the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK. Exit Registry Editor.dword
    • Right click anywhere on the desktop and select “Refresh”
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