One of the reasons I avoid using Windows (XP) most of the time is its horrible error handling. Today a friend of mine called up early in the morning to say that his Windows XP powered workstation was stuck at the Active Desktop Recovery screen, even though he had properly shut down his workstation before this screen started showing up.
I suggested him to clear all the check marks in his Display > Desktop > Customize Desktop > Web if he had enabled any by mistake. It didn’t work. Then I suggested him to restart his workstation. He restarted a few times but the annoying Active Desktop Recovery screen was still there, teasing his efforts.
Finally, I suggested him a Windows Registry solution and it worked. I thought I should post it here so others might find it useful.
Fix Active Desktop Recovery Screen :
Press Windows key + R, type regedit and press ENTER. In the Registry Editor window, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Internet Explorer > Desktop > Safe Mode > Components and change the key value DeskHtmlVersion – REG_DWORD – 0x00000110(272) to 0 and select ‘Decimal‘ as Base. Click OK, close the Registry Editor and log off or restart your system.
It should work. If it doesn’t, let me know.