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Windows 7: Enable desktop auto-arrange via registry or GrpPol

29 Jul 2010   #1
bkg

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Enable desktop auto-arrange via registry or GrpPol

After imaging many, many Win 7 systems, we discovered that the Desktop | View | "Auto Arrange" option and "Align to grid" option were off. We want them on (because the computers are in public spaces).

Is there a set of registry settings or group policy settings that we can use to turn those options on?

I have found that a registry setting ([HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop] "FFlags"=dword:00200220 ) is related to those options, but just changing that key (to "FFlags"=dword:00200225 ) does not do anything. Refreshing the RegEdit screen just changes the value back to its previous value.

Any ideas? I really don't want to have to go to each system and change this manually.

bkg

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29 Jul 2010   #2

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Welcome to Seven Forums bkg. I found the post you got your info from, but it was for XP, so looks like it has changed. Have a look here, see if it helps:

Custom icon position in Windows 7 Professional stored in roaming Desktop folder (Windows 2003 Standard with a domain)? Icons keep on auto-arranging on the left side after restart even Auto Arrange is not selected.

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31 Jul 2010   #3
bkg

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the pointer. Life is interfering with tech right now. I'll try it later in the week.

bkg
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04 Aug 2010   #4
bkg

Windows 7
 
 

Nothing in that article led me to a solution. I'm still looking for a solution.
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04 Aug 2010   #5

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Download regshot, take a registry shot without auto arrange and align to grid set, then set them, then take another shot and compare the differences. This should tell you what changed in the registry, along with various other changes that happen in the registry constantly in Windows, mind you. So, you'll have to weed those out.
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