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If you moved from Windows XP to either Windows 7 or Windows 8, chances are that you have noticed that you can no longer disable the Auto arrange icons setting in Windows/File Explorer. In other words the Auto arrange icons setting is permanently turned on such that when you use any of the icon views in Windows/File Explorer, you can no longer manually move the icons where you want them. This disability is especially apparent when you are looking at a folder full of images. Fortunately, Microsoft MVP Shawn Brink has created a couple of very slick batch files that quickly edit the registry to disable this permanent setting and bring back the Auto arrange icons and Align icons to grid menu items - at least to a certain extent. Let's take a closer look.
Computer type Laptop System Manufacturer/Model Number HP ENVY 17-1150eg OS Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center CPU 1.6 GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Processor Memory 6 GB Graphics Card ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 Graphics Sound Card Beats sound system with integrated subwoofer Monitor(s) Displays 17" laptop display, 22" LED and 32" Full HD TV through HDMI Screen Resolution 1600*900 (1), 1920*1080 (2&3)
Keyboard Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Laser (bluetooth) Mouse Logitech Performance Mouse MX Cooling As Envy runs a bit warm, I have it on a Cooler Master pad Hard Drives Internal: 2 x 500 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 7200 rpm
External: 2TB for backups, 3TB USB3 network drive for media Internet Speed 50/10 Mbps VDSL Antivirus Windows Defender 4.3.9431.0 Browser Maxthon 3.5.2., IE11
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Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Expert 2013 Mechanical Keyboard Mouse Logitech G300 Gaming Mouse PSU Corsair CX 750w Case Black Night Cooling 120mm fans front/back, Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Hard Drives Intel 320 Series SSD, WD Caviar Black 1TB Internet Speed 20mb Unlimited Antivirus ZA Antivirus + Firewall Browser Cyberfox Other Info Powered USB Hub, External Drives 3 x 1TB, Phone Dock.
Computer type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number Self assembled OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit CPU Intel Pentium(R) E5200 @ 2.50GHz Motherboard Intel Corporation DG41WV (PROCESSOR) Memory 4096 GB DDR3 @ 398MHz Sound Card Realtek High Definition Audio Monitor(s) Displays DELL E170S Screen Resolution 1280x1024 pixels
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