I've never had it affect the desktop before.
You might see if enabling/disabling auto arrange again may toggle it to work properly for you.
Brink, I tried it and it’s still not working right.
I had tried a REG file (disableautoarrange.reg) before I found your post and that didn’t’ work right and then I tried your first BAT file, that didn’t work and then the Win 8 BAT file did work.
I think in the process my Registry has become corrupt. I tried to undo all I’ve done first by clicking on the UNDO.REG which came with disableautoarrange.reg Then I tried to restore everything back to normal by using this BAT of yours:
Isn’t that what it’s for?
I then used this BAT:
Disable_Windows_8_Explorer_Auto_Arrange.bat - Still same problem.
I saw some posts about this behavior and someone said the registry likely has become corrupt. So I think the easy thing to do since you’re not seeing this type of behavior, is for me to revert to an image file before I started this, backup the registry file, and then only do your Win 8 BAT. Let me know if you have other suggestions before I revert.
Thanks for all your outstanding help!
It sounds like you may have some other issue at hand. Step 5 in this tutorial will completely undo the changes made by the disable auto arrange .reg file, then resets folder views back to default.
Reverting back to a previous image would be the fastest and easiest way to sort whatever this issue is.
I reverted to 2/20/16 image. Just to be safe, I changed Nvidia to use 1 display, not 2 displays with the TV+PC. Then I double clicked disable_windows_8_explorer_auto_arrange.bat I then rebooted the computer. The icons positions were again lost. I toggled auto arrange on and off on the desktop View. I then rebooted the computer. The icons positions were again lost. This is a strange one for sure. If you think of anything else let me know.
The positions were lost since the .bat will restart explorer to apply the changes, but also causes the desktop to be refreshed. I'm not sure about why your desktop icon get auto arranged after restarting the computer though.
Check to see if you have auto arrange turned on for your "C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop" folder to see if that may be causing it.
Browse to and open the actual folder to see if you may have the setting there instead.
Ok I ran
rebooted, used iconoid to fix icons, then it auto arranged by itself a 2nd time.
I went to this directory and right clicked and chose view small icons, uncheck align to grid and check and unchecked auto arrange
did the same for
I found this folder, which only had desktop.ini in it from win 7
c:\desktop win7 (should I delete this folder?)
After these changes I rebooted and have same icon problem
Any ideas? Maybe I need to go back to the default settings for desktop and move it back to C. What are the default desktop locations?
The problem is that the desktop has always been notorious about auto arranging your icons when it gets refreshed for whatever reason.
In your situation, it may be best to use the 3rd party program you mentioned to restore your desktop arrangement when it gets changed.