Desktop Icons - Problem remembering icon positioning + random sorting Solved


  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
       #1

    Desktop Icons - Problem remembering icon positioning + random sorting


    Hi all,

    I have a small issue where every once in a while my desktop icons would not remember their previous position, and I had to sort them again. This problem still occurs, but now I can even reproduce the issue 100% by moving 1 set icon to a new position that will cause all icons to become unsorted.

    Here is a clip showing part of the issue:


    I want to mention that I run a 3 monitor setup, and the desktop icons in on the second (non primary) monitor.

    Anyone have any suggestions how to solve this, or does Windows need to patch it?

    Cheers
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 19,950
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    Hi, there are extensive threads on this on the forum. Here is the most recent such question on it with links to some of those:
    Every so often WIndows decides to reshuffle my desktop icons :-(

    Please spend time scanning through these, then post again if you have a specific quesiton. Thanks.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Professional for Workstations x64
       #3

    Just registered to advise the following below worked for me.

    Fixing the desktop folder views registry key (all versions of Windows)

    Step 1: Terminate Explorer (Shell) Cleanly
    In Windows 8 and 10:
    Press and hold the CTRL & SHIFT keys, and right-click on an empty area in the Taskbar. Click the Exit Explorer option.

    In Windows Vista & Windows 7
    Click Start. Press and hold the CTRL & SHIFT keys, and right-click on an empty area in the Start menu. Click the Exit Explorer option.

    In Windows XP:
    1. Click Start, Turn Off computer.
    2. Press and hold the CTRL, ALT and the SHIFT keys, and click the Cancel button.
    For more information on restarting the Explorer shell, visit these pages:
    Exit Explorer and Restart Explorer in Windows 10 and Windows 8?
    Terminate and Restart Explorer.exe Process Cleanly in Windows 7 & Vista
    Terminate and Restart Explorer.exe Process Cleanly in Windows XP

    Step 2: Fix Registry Key Permissions
    1. Switch to Registry Editor window, and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop
    2. Right-click on the Desktop key, and choose Permissions
    3. Click Advanced, and delete any "Deny" entries if present.
    (While you’re in that screen, make sure that your user account has "Full Control" (Allow) Permissions for the registry branch.
    4. Click OK, OK.
    5. See if you can create a sample registry value in the Desktop key to test if you can write to the branch.

    Step 3: Reset the Desktop Icon Layout Registry Key
    This step is required only if the problem remains unresolved although you’re able to write to the Desktop registry key.
    1. Using the Registry Editor, rename the key Desktop to Desktop.Old
    2. Exit the Registry Editor
    3. Press CTRL + ALT + DEL to open Task Manager
    4. From the File menu, click Run. Type Explorer.exe and press ENTER
    Customize the desktop icons layout as you require, restart Windows and check if the icon positions are retained.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hi RushHour2k5,

    Thank you for the information, very much appreciated. I tested this just now, and can confirm that this has solved the issue.

    I will report back if the issue reoccurs after reboot and normal use etc.

    Thanks again, man.

    Cheers.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Professional for Workstations x64
       #5

    TheRene said: View Post
    Hi RushHour2k5,

    Thank you for the information, very much appreciated. I tested this just now, and can confirm that this has solved the issue.

    I will report back if the issue reoccurs after reboot and normal use etc.

    Thanks again, man.

    Cheers.
    Glad to hear my efforts were fruitful for more than just myself!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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