Enable Active Desktop

Enables Active Desktop and prevents users from disabling it. This setting prevents users from trying to enable or disable Active Desktop while a policy controls it. If you disable this setting or do not configure it Active Desktop is disabled by default but users can enable it. Note: If both the “Enable Active Desktop” setting and the “Disable Active Desktop” setting are enabled the “Disable Active Desktop” setting is ignored. If the “Turn on Classic Shell” setting ( in User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer) is enabled Active Desktop is disabled and both of these policies are ignored.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer # ForceActiveDesktopOn

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Desktop -> Desktop


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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