After I install Windows Internet Explorer 7 on a computer that is running Windows XP with Service Pack 2, a "Restore My Active Desktop" button appears on the desktop

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Problem description

After you install Windows Internet Explorer 7 on a computer that is running Windows XP with Service Pack 2, a Restore My Active Desktop button appears on the desktop. However, when you click this button, nothing happens. This article helps you fix this problem.

To have us fix this problem for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you would rather fix this problem yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

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To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix this problem link. Then, click Run in the File Download dialog box and follow the steps in this wizard.

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Note This wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.

Now go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Let me fix it myself

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


To fix this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components
  4. In the right pane, right-click DeskHtmlVersion, and then click Modify.
  5. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
  6. Exit Registry Editor.

Now go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Did this fix the problem?

Log off from Windows, and then log on. Determine whether the Restore My Active Desktop button was removed. If it is gone, you are finished with this article. If the button is still there, you can contact support.

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Article ID: 929200 - Last Review: September 23, 2011 - Revision: 5.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP
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