Method 1


Right click on a blank area of the desktop and select Properties.

desktop-properties

Now select the Desktop tab, then press the Customize Desktop button.

customize-desktop

Make a change to the Desktop icons section by selecting or deselecting one of them, then press OK.

desktop-icons

Now press Apply.

apply-settings

Your Active Desktop message should have disappeared and you should have your standard desktop back.


If Method 1 did not work, try Method 2.


Method 2


Open up your registry: Start -> Run


*Warning: Be careful what you are doing when in the registry. It’s very easy to make your computer non-usable if you edit the wrong entry.


Type regedit

regedit

Expand the following:

 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components\

 

regedit-section

Double-click on DeskHtmlVersion, select the Decimal radio-button, and change the value from 272 to 0.


Then press OK.

regedit-change

Close out of Registry Editor, click in a blank area of your desktop, and press F5 to refresh the screen.


You should be back at your normal background/wallpaper.