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Windows 7: Icons rearrange on KVM switch

13 Aug 2009   #1

Icons rearrange on KVM switch

Whenever I use my KVM switch to switch between two computers, when I return windows 7 automatically rearranges all of the desktop icons in no recognizable pattern. This happens even when the second computer has the same screen resolution or is turned off entirely. Any suggestions?

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15 Aug 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP


I have this issue also and think that it has something to do with the Windows 7 system re-recognizing the monitor each time that you use the KVM.

On my system I've had some success with arranging the icons and then refreshing the screen (before using the KVM) - but mostly I just put up with it

Another suggestion would be to try installing monitor drivers on each of the 2 computers to see if that helps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2009   #3


It is extremely annoying. If you go back and forth several times eachtimes icons are rearranged differently. It must be a Windows 7 problem because before I was using XP Pro on the first computer and it worked fine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Aug 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP


It'd have to be the drivers then. I'd presume that each time the system tries to identify and install a Plug and Play monitor. To get around this I'd install drivers on each system for the display that you have.
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16 Aug 2009   #5

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64

It is a problem (annoyance) in Windows 7
When I switch monitors .. I'm OK.
If I boot while the Monitor is connected (KVMed) to another Computer...
I'm in serious trouble.

I've read that Windows 7 will not work at all ... with some KVMs.
It never sees a monitor connected ... But why does it need to ????

I have tried it yet ... but this should really mess up using a projector ???
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