Data type Range Default value
REG_DWORD 0 | 1 0


Disables Active Desktop and prevents users from enabling it.

This entry stores the setting of the Disable Active Desktop Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry to the registry with a value of 1 when you enable the policy. If you disable the policy or set it to Not configured, Group Policy deletes the entry from the registry and the system behaves as though the value is 0.

Value Meaning
0 (or not in registry) The policy is disabled or not configured. Active Desktop is disabled by default, but users can enable it.
1 The policy is enabled. Active Desktop is disabled and users cannot enable it.

When the value of this entry is 1 the system restricts access to the following items to prevent users from trying to change the setting while a policy is in effect.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, use Group Policy. This entry corresponds to the Disable Active Desktop policy (User Configuration\AdministrativeTemplates\Desktop\Active Desktop).

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If both the ForceActiveDesktopOn entry and the NoActiveDesktop entry are set to 1, the NoActiveDesktop entry is ignored. If the ClassicShell entry is set to 1, then Active Desktop is disabled and both of these entries are ignored.

To make changes to this entry effective, you must log off of Windows 2000 and then log on again.

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To disable Active Desktop without setting a policy, right-click the desktop, point to Active Desktop, and then turn off Show Web Content.

For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Group Policy Reference (Gp.chm) on the Windows 2000 Resource Kit companion CD.

For general information about Group Policy, see Group Policy in Windows 2000 Help.

To see a table associating policies with their corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Reference Table.

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