Windows 10: Desktop icons keep rearranging
Having the same issue (icons self-aligning to the left every so often).
DisplayPort connection, 3840x2160 @60Hz, 200% scaling.
It is excruciatingly more annoying each time it does this as I do a lot of photo and video editing using many programs, of which I like the icons arranged the way I want, for efficiency. If anyone has a fix, I'll be very grateful.
Vicar in a Tutu said:
Not really a windows 10 fix, but I use a small free program called IconRestorer - one click and icon positions all restored.
I have this issue also I've done absoloutly everything u can possibly do to fix this nothing works including the registery fixes however this only happend to me after I installed the arma series games and set screen resolutions etc etc and more so I found it does it when I run games upon exiting them I don't know if this has anything to do with it, the build and make up of one individuals computer is of no concern I've been building PCs since I was 7 years old and can %100 say this is not a machine issue it is purely attached to the win 10 os either Microsoft will need to make a fix of sorts or bring out a seperate reg key update that replaces the existing one as a previous member states it's not changed much but whatever key value worked for the other os's is clearly not working on 10.
What is the latest consensus? I have this issue too. The icons even rearrange during the logged in session at times. I have of course done the obvious and nothing seems to help. Any help is appreciated.
And I don't play games and I don't mess around with different programs and web sites. This is clearly a Windows 10 issue. Ran Windows 7 for years and only on rare occasions a few icons may move. Not like this. I will admit that I could (and probably should) reduce the number of desktop icons (about 70) but it should not matter. What is the registry fixes mentioned above?
I right clicked in Desktop and unchecked "show desktop icons".
When I selected it again, they re-appeared in the order I had placed them. Not sure how long this will stay though, but that might help as temp fix...
W10 desktop icons re-arranging
Try going to settings and type in snap. It will bring up a page which offers to turn off windows arrange. Works for me for 2 weeks.
Testing reveals this does not work, I did this. Turned off auto arrange, set up my icons, turned the monitor off and on. The icons were screwed up again.
Steve Holden said:
Your only real chance of fixing this is to look at the registry fixes posted earlier.
Desktop icons keep rearranging - Page 5 - Windows 10 Forums
As said previously, this problem has been one which has been experienced by some users of Windows through several versions of Windows. It's not specific to Win 10, nor do all Win 10 users experience it. I don't know if an in-place upgrade install might fix it (see Tutorial section) - albeit a sledgehammer approach- which takes over an hour but can keep all your programs and most settings.
I have used (and managed 100+ PC’s) Windows since DOS then 3.1 and on multiple PC's and before 10 never had this problem. On both 10 installs its there and not before and the two not updated still no problem. It may well have been a problem before 10 but its a much bigger problem with 10. One PC has been updated and has gone through 7, 8, 8.1 and now 10. No issue on all the other versions only 10. It’s a big enough annoyance that we are not going to update the other two which my wife uses as she refuses to move to 10 until its sorted.
Agreed, Win 10 is fragile and in my opinion immature. There are a good many issues with Win 10 that one has to learn to avoid, if possible. However, I've never had this particular problem, and it may be simply very optimistic to wait for Uncle MS to fix it.
Clearly an earlier version of ESET was responsible for some - beyond that one can argue that allowing anything and everything to write to the registry (and most OS folders)- is a profoundly questionable architectural decision lending itself to this sort of issue.
That's not going to change any time soon.
So you might like to try the registry fix or anything else previously posted, and also an in place upgrade repair install. However, if a 3rd party program is breaking this feature, I suppose any repair will fail. I can only wish you good luck beyond that, and sympathise with your frustration.
Note that various 3rd party programs have also been suggested to restore icon positions.
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