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Windows 7: Desktop Icons Moving

01 Oct 2012   #21
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Dadeus welcome to Seven forums.
Try what I have in the snip below, right click an empty spot on your desktop. I tried it, moved some icons and they stayed where I put them after a reboot.
NOTE: Icons will not align in a straight line doing this, you can place them anywhere.
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02 Oct 2012   #22
Dadeus

windows xp-32
 
 

Alas, that didn't help either. Thanks for the tip, though. Hopefully, one of these ideas will work.

I tried placing my icons with snap to grid on, then turning it off. I tried placing my icons with the snap to grid off before I moved them and neither helped. It looks like a rogue "Arrange icons by name" command is being sent periodically. I don't think it is a screen resolution issue anymore because reducing the resolution and then restoring it packs the icons in the upper left corner, not the entire left side of the screen.
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02 Oct 2012   #23
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Odd for sure. Under Sort by what do you have?
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02 Oct 2012   #24
Dadeus

windows xp-32
 
 

Under "Arrange icons by" I only have the Show desktop Icons checked.
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02 Oct 2012   #25
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

In the right click desktop menu there is a Sort By which has some options.
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02 Oct 2012   #26
Dadeus

windows xp-32
 
 

I am using windows xp, which means I may be looking on the wrong site entirely. if so, my apologies.
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02 Oct 2012   #27
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Ahh, I see, XP is a bit different and I forget exactly how the icons work in it, but should be similar. It may have its explorer setup to move icons back to a different location than you placed them.

You can try posting a new thread in this General Discussion and mention at the outset you're on XP. I'm sure some here still have it.
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09 Oct 2012   #28
Dadeus

windows xp-32
 
 

Britton30, I have solved my problem for the moment. As a last ditch effort, and due diligence trying to solve this problem, I used RegCleaner to scan my registry for unused entries. It found over 600 entries that were deemed safe to delete, so after backing up my registry I deleted them. My icons have stayed put for over a week now and everything works as it should. Hopefully, posting this won't reawaken the gremlin. I suspect rogue AutoArrange commands as the cuplrit.
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09 Oct 2012   #29
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

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03 Apr 2015   #30
Arcadian

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi re-awakening what might still be a very old and possibly not fully solved topic of icons on desktop constantly moving around as I still kept having the same problem without any success. So after a search into this seemingly common problem earlier on today, I tracked down what seemed to be this last thread on the topic and which I know is already very old and also marked as solved.

I too as the last member said have used Reg Cleaner (together with Wise Care 365) for ages without any problems and which I find are excellent, except they have never resolved this icon moving problem and had more or less given up. That is until a couple of hours ago when they suddenly and most mysteriously remained in place for the very first time ! So on the offchance that anyone else still has this problem and hasn't been able to solve it this was what happened. I use Win7 64bit.

I like to put jpeg home photos on desktop and which I change around regularly, only this time for some reason I re-arranged all the icons as well putting them all into a new position before I shut down. As I went to do so I suddenly remembered I wanted to put up a new pic I'd taken only a couple of days ago, so quickly uploaded the new desktop pic before finally shutting down.

Starting up my laptop an hour or so later I found all the icons were amazingly still where I'd left them which after so long was really puzzling but of course great ! Question is why ? My guess, and it's that and nothing more as I am and always will be a total amateur with all things computerised, is that shutting down immediately after uploading a new desktop pic would seem to fix icons into any new position as well ? I double checked with a new pic to test it and it worked again, however knowing me it must be for some completely different reason !

Be interested to know if this is the reason for anyone else having the same problem and if it works for them as well.

Hope this is of interest anyway....
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