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Desktop Icons scrambled on bootup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by deanvet, Mar 3, 2007.

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  1. deanvet

    deanvet Thread Starter

    Nov 1, 1999
    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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  3. lefty1953


    Feb 19, 2007
    Right click on the Desktop and pick Arrange Icons. From there either pick Auto arrange or Align to grid.
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  5. 1101doc


    Dec 8, 2006
    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 : http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/savesettings.reg Some have found that helpful. Like all Registry changes, if you decide to do it, back it all up first, preferably with ERUNT: http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/ so that you can restore it easily if it creates any problems.
  6. wahlroot


    Mar 30, 2004
    Go to http://www.nthelp.com/50/save_desktop_layout.htm 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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