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Windows 7: Desktop icons and taskbar revert mysteriously to previous arrangement

28 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Desktop icons and taskbar revert mysteriously to previous arrangement

Hi All,

Using x64 Ultimate SP1 here. Just tidying up my desktop and taskbar to the way I like them. Nothing too tricky here, just minimizing clutter and placing shortcuts to Adobe CS5 apps on the task bar after upgrading from CS4 to CS5.

My prior desktop was a bit more cluttered with shortcuts, and the taskbar held only CS4 shortcuts pinned to the bar.

Ok, after setting everything to the way I want it, saving my desktop theme, and even rebooting a few times, the desktop configuration seems static. I also created a restore point with the new desktop and taskbar arrangement included. BUT, come back the next day and it's all back to the old cluttered desktop and CS4 icons pinned to the taskbar! It doesn't seem to affect my desktop walpaper settings, though --only the dtop icons and pinned taskbar icons. Not using any 3rd party desktop managers or the like. Very stable system and environment until this plagueing little issue cropped up about 10 days ago.

I've been researching this around the net and in the forums but really haven't found anyone complaining about this paricular situation. It always seems to happen sometime during the night. When I check to see whether a Windows update has taken place, most times there hasn't been one. This has been going on now for over a week.

Trying to understand what's happening but so far I'm spinning in the wind. Sure getting tired of the system restore routine just to get back to my current desktop config. Anyone out there with some insight?

Thanks in advance!

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28 Mar 2011   #2


Rightclick>delete the icons you don't want, place everything where you want then rightclick the Desktop, click Refresh.

Empty Recycle Bin.
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28 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I'll give this a whirl, thanks. Unfortunately, I can't seem to reproduce the reversion back to the old desktop buy shutting down or rebooting. It only happens sometime during the evening. It's almost like my system is automatically doing a restore to an earlier version prior to my several restore points with the new desktop arrangement.

Which gives me another idea --to delete all restore points prior to my new desktop config!

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28 Mar 2011   #4


I doubt that System Restore would run on its own unless you observe autostart into Startup Repair at startup. Then System Restore could be in the mix of repairs run, but normally it will prompt you first.
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