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Windows 7: Different icon arrangement desktop on start up

23 Oct 2010   #1
jhmagic1

windows 7
 
 
Different icon arrangement desktop on start up

I am on windows 7 and recently started up my laptop to find the icons arranged in a different place on the desktop. I rearranged them and restarted, but they went back to being out of place.

Now when I start up my laptop sometimes it shows the icons in the first arrangement and sometimes in second arrangement (the second arrangement of the icons is how I want it) I also get a message saying I am logged in as a default user, even though I use a password and user name.

I am using the same password and user name each time but get different arrangements on my desktop.

Also the desktop image reverts to black not blue, as I set it.

Anyone can help?


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23 Oct 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

To start run a through anti virus scan
Download and run malwarebytes, after updating. Make sure it is a full scan. If nothing is revealed repost.
The profile may be corrupt
Try a system restore from before the problem if nothing else is successful
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23 Oct 2010   #3
jhmagic1

windows 7
 
 

Hi rich

thanks for the advice i did a malware scan an found 130 files infected, any further advice ? do i delete the files infected?

thanks
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23 Oct 2010   #4
richc46

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Yes, let malwarebytes, delete them.
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23 Oct 2010   #5
jhmagic1

windows 7
 
 

I have deleted the infected files, restarted and changed the background and icons layout but still have the same problem - black desktop background, icons arranged differently and a message saying 'you are logged in in a default profile'. Any further advice?
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23 Oct 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

For a test, set up a new profile. See if the old one is corrupt.
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23 Oct 2010   #7
jhmagic1

windows 7
 
 

Just to check - is a new profile the same as creating a new account?
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23 Oct 2010   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Just terminology; set up a new account.
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23 Oct 2010   #9
jhmagic1

windows 7
 
 

I created a new administrator account with a new user name and password (and did not delete the other one) restarted and logged in with the new user and password, but the windows welcome screen stayed on the screen for 10 mins and it wouldnt log in, so i had to pull the battrey out to turn off the laptop

Any reason why?
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23 Oct 2010   #10
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

See if this solves the problem. If errors run a few times
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

You can, also try the system restore from before the problem. You will lose any changes that you made to the OS, after the SR date that you select.
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