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Disable Active Desktop in Windows XP

February 21st, 2008

How to disable Active Desktop in Windows XP


1) Open the registry editor –  go to “Start, Run”, and type regedit and hit “ok”


2) Locate the following Registry Key



3) Create the DWORD values ForceActiveDesktopOn and NoActiveDesktop

(Right-click into the right-hand window and select “New, DWORD”)

4) Change the value of the registry key called “ForceActiveDesktopOn” to 0 and that of “NoActiveDesktop” to 1


5) Important – Make sure you exit from Regedit and shutdown/restart your computer.


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