Any Cure Yet for Desktop Icons Moving, Changing, Resizing themselves?

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  1. djbillyd's Avatar
    Posts : 226
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 2004 (build 21292.1010)
       #21

    witten1972 said:
    Remember Windows Desktop Settings:
    -------------------------------------------------------

    Sometimes people face a problem in Windows when Windows doesn't remember their customization settings on Desktop and taskbar, like icons positions, toolbars positions, taskbar position, etc. So if you are also facing such problem, then this tutorial will help you in fixing the issue:

    1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It will open Registry Editor.

    2. Now check for a DWORD "NoSaveSettings" in right-side pane under following keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Program Manager\Restrictions

    3. Once you find the DWORD value, delete it and restart your system.It will solve your problem and Windows will remember your desktop settings. In my case NoSaveSettings wasn't present in two Keys, so I had to manually create a new DWORD 32:
    NoSaveSettings
    Left the value at O

    Click OK, arrange your Icons, Folder View settings etc the way you want it.
    Save your work, reboot the PC & hopefully you should enjoy a tidy Desktop & Folders opening in the style you prefer.
    In my registry, there is no "HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer", or

    "HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Program Manager\Restrictions", so I have no place in these keys to add anything. Which ket am I adding the DWORD 32: NoSaveSettings key?
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  2. Steve C's Avatar
    Posts : 6,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #22

    I don't experience this issue very often these days. I use DesktopOK to restore the icons if they get rearranged.
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  3. djbillyd's Avatar
    Posts : 226
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 2004 (build 21292.1010)
       #23

    This only happens with one icon, ThisPC. And it always moves to the same place each time, 2nd column, 1st row. Mind blowing!
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  4. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro
       #24

    I made account here just to post this for anyone else running into this issue. I run on a multiple monitor setup and a few days ago started out of no where having a issue where my icons would be moved to totally different screens and rearranged. I had tried all the "Fix's" I could come across but was unable to get it to work. I finally found this article and it fixed the issue. So I am posting it here in the hopes it helps someone else with this very very aggravating problem lol. Anyways cheer's guys and have a awesome day.

    How to reset the icon cache database on Windows 10 | Windows Central
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  5. Lance1's Avatar
    Posts : 657
    Windows 10 Professional x64 20H2
       #25

    Twisted Harlock said:
    I made account here just to post this for anyone else running into this issue. I run on a multiple monitor setup and a few days ago started out of no where having a issue where my icons would be moved to totally different screens and rearranged. I had tried all the "Fix's" I could come across but was unable to get it to work. I finally found this article and it fixed the issue. So I am posting it here in the hopes it helps someone else with this very very aggravating problem lol. Anyways cheer's guys and have a awesome day.

    How to reset the icon cache database on Windows 10 | Windows Central
    Welcome to the forum Twisted Harlock and thank you for posting this link. I have fixed icon issues on many system buy clearing the icon cache. Good Fix!
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  6. djbillyd's Avatar
    Posts : 226
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 2004 (build 21292.1010)
       #26

    Twisted Harlock said:
    I made account here just to post this for anyone else running into this issue. I run on a multiple monitor setup and a few days ago started out of no where having a issue where my icons would be moved to totally different screens and rearranged. I had tried all the "Fix's" I could come across but was unable to get it to work. I finally found this article and it fixed the issue. So I am posting it here in the hopes it helps someone else with this very very aggravating problem lol. Anyways cheer's guys and have a awesome day.

    How to reset the icon cache database on Windows 10 | Windows Central
    I followed your method, and it worked for some, but not others. And OneDrive, not at all. Maybe I'll keep doing it, and see if it finally affects all thumbnails.
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  7. Jacee's Avatar
    Posts : 1,591
    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.928
       #27

    @djbillyd OS: Windows 10 19536.rs_prrelease 191211-1446

    You are working with a different system than the original poster was.... You might want to post your problem here: https://www.tenforums.com/windows-insider/
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  8. djbillyd's Avatar
    Posts : 226
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 2004 (build 21292.1010)
       #28

    Jacee said:
    @djbillyd OS: Windows 10 19536.rs_prrelease 191211-1446

    You are working with a different system than the original poster was.... You might want to post your problem here: https://www.tenforums.com/windows-insider/
    OK, I'm working with 19619, the Eval.... Thanks.
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  9. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #29

    What solved the rearrangement of icons for me was changing icons size from medium to small - Which fixed the problem and then I changed back the icons to medium and it works ok.
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  10. pxfragonard's Avatar
    Posts : 60
    Windows 10 Home Version 1909 (OC Build 18363.592)
       #30

    cognus said:
    I read through a long thread from last year here: Desktop icons keep rearranging
    That ended about where it started: No cure. I was struck by how many people have this issue of Icons set on the desktop, which move around after restarts or other interruptions, are inconsistent in size, or disappear [onto a non-existent phantom desktop?].

    Here on the edge of 2019, is there a cure yet, other than 3rd Party apps like "Desktop OK"? I had not seen this problem since Windows NT days, but now just in the last week I've seen it twice, on 2 NEW laptops with clean Windows 10 installs "from scratch".

    any hope?
    This is why it happens to me. The icons change when I duplicate the display. Personalization>Display>Multiple displays. When I switched from "Duplicate this display" to "Show only on 1" the problem disappeared.
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