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03-Mar-2007, 03:43 PM #1
Desktop Icons scrambled on bootup
I have 2 XP computers that will not keep my desktop icons in place. Each bootup scrambles the icons.

Computer 1 is an XP Pro OS and has all updates and plenty of ram and hd capacity. In addition, this computer will occasionally boot to a higher resolution than my normal 800x600.

Computer 2 is an XP Home OS and also is kept updated and upgraded with plenty of ram and hd capacity. It boots to a scrambled desktop everytime it its booted.

I do have a "save desktop" program which on both computers will partially restore the icons to their normal positions.

Any ideas appreciated.

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03-Mar-2007, 04:00 PM #2
Right click on the Desktop and pick Arrange Icons. From there either pick Auto arrange or Align to grid.
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03-Mar-2007, 05:31 PM #3
try scanning your SYSTEM for MALWARE with NOD32.

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05-Mar-2007, 03:21 AM #4
Rt. click Desktop>Properties>Desktop tab>Customize Desktop. Make sure nothing is checked in either tab. Also, sometimes explorer "remembers" better if you log off/log on without reboot. Kelly's Korner offers a registry entry for "No Save User Settings" with a (0) DWORD : Some have found that helpful. Like all Registry changes, if you decide to do it, back it all up first, preferably with ERUNT: so that you can restore it easily if it creates any problems.
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05-Mar-2007, 09:05 PM #5
Go to and down load Layout. Place Layout.dll in C:\Windows\System (or System32 if using WindowsXP), and then click on Layout.reg. From now on, whenever you right-click on the "Recycle Bin" or "My Computer" icons, you can see a new option: "Save [or Restore]
Desktop Icon Layout".
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