If you use a Windows XP machine then there is very little chance that you have never seen the phrase “Restore Active Desktop” inplace of your wallpaper. This usually happens due to improper shutdowns (like power failure or some device failure that may cause the computer to shutdown) or when some application or windows itself gets confused and triggers the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death).
Many a times when this happens it is most likely that the instructions given dont answer your current situation, like Your answer to all these is no i never did any of these
Did you recently change your background to a web page?
Did you recently add a new item to your Active Desktop?
Do you want to turn off your Active Desktop?
but you might have done this
Did your browser stop working, or did you restart your computer without shutting it down first?
There are situations where none of the cases match and worse the Restore my Active Desktop button doesnot work!! It just tells you that a script error has occured. How do you loose this ugly instruction screen and get back your wallpaper now??
One way is to open some image and set it as a wallpaper or if you dont want to spend time looking for a new picture as a wallpaper and want your previous wallpaper to comeback follow the setps below:
- Right-click anywhere on the Desktop and click Properties
- In Display Properties change to the Desktop tab, where you will see a monitor image with your wallpaper and the list of images below it
- Choose any other image in the list than the one currently selected and then select the original image used as wallpaper and click Ok, your wallpaper is back! ( To make this step simpler just selct the image above or below the currently selected one and then select the original image then click Ok )
You are done. You should now see your wallpaper instead of the Restore my Desktop instructions.