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  1. Posts : 132
    Win 10
       #30

    Brink said:
    Which download did you use? I'll do some testing with it.
    I used the one you referred me to in this thread for Win 8.1. I do have this computer setup for multiple displays (TV and PC). The BAT file works fine on the Win 8 / 10 computer. I wonder if something is different about the upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10 that has created this problem?
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  2. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #31

    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.
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  3. Posts : 132
    Win 10
       #32

    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:
    Enable_Auto_Arrange_in_File_Explorer.bat
    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!
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  4. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #33

    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.
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  5. Posts : 132
    Win 10
       #34

    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.
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  6. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #35

    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.
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  7. Posts : 132
    Win 10
       #36

    Brink said:
    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.
    I think you may be on to something. It didn't occur to me to mention that I always move my desktop to my E drive. Yet I've noticed some desktop icons seem to come from the Users area. I'm not sure how I can check the settings for these desktop folders. I can't right click Desktop and find any settings. I wonder if I need to temporarily move my desktop folder back to the default and after I do this BAT then move it back?
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  8. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #37

    Browse to and open the actual folder to see if you may have the setting there instead.
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  9. Posts : 132
    Win 10
       #38

    Ok I ran
    Disable_Windows_8_Explorer_Auto_Arrange.bat
    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

    C:\users\gerry peters\desktop

    did the same for
    C:/public/desktop
    and
    e:\desktop

    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?
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  10. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #39

    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.
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