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How Do I Keep Desktop Icons From Rearranging After Reboot in Windows 10?

If Desktop icons rearrange or move after updating or rebooting on a Windows 10 PC, here are a few things that you can try in order to fix the problem.
First of all, make sure that you have updated your video or graphics drivers to the latest available version from Lenovo. Check via Lenovo Companion or go to the Support page for your model.


Option 1
Right-click on the Desktop, select View.
• Make sure Auto arrange icons is UNchecked. Make sure Align icons to grid is UNchecked as well.
• Reboot and see if that helps.




Option 2
• Press Windows key + R to bring up the Run dialog. Type: %userprofile% and click OK.

• Your User folder will open.
• Make sure that hidden items are visible by clicking the View tab > place a checkmark in the box Hidden items within the Show/hide group.
• Next, open the AppData folder.

• Open the Local folder.
• Within the Local folder select the IconCache file and click Delete.
• Now arrange your icons on your desktop and restart your computer.




Option 3
• Change your Screen Resolution.

Right-click on the Desktop and select Display Settings.
• The System Settings window will pop up.
• Check to see if Change the size of text, app, and other items is configured to the “Recommended” setting. You may want to experiment. For example, if it shows 125%, try changing that to 100%. Click Apply if changes were made.


Example taken from  Lenovo Yoga 900:

• Click Advanced display settings as shown above.

• In the window that opens check to make sure the Resolution set to what is “Recommended” for your computer. Apply if you change anything.


Example taken from Lenovo Yoga 900:




Option 4
• Prevent themes from changing the icons.
• To do this, go to the Control Panel. (Right-click Start (Windows icon) > Select Control Panel)
• At the Control Panel, find Appearance and Personalization >Personalization
• Open the Desktop Icon Settings box.
• Near the bottom left of that box, UNcheck Allow themes to change desktop icons, click Apply > OK to exit.


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xcln On 2017-11-21, 14:27 PM

I still occasionally get my icons jammed, even with Windows 10 and the tweaks mentioned above. Sometimes uninstalling and reinstalling the video drivers takes care of it, but not always.


This has been such a longstanding problem with Windows that I finally forked a few $ and got the FSL iconrestorer utility (can't recall how good the freeware version is, but I've been a happy camper for a few years now.  One big advantage of this utilty is that it can store and recall icons positions with different screen resolutions. 


If anyone has a better (and foolproof) way to address this issue, do let me (us) know

RobWheeler On 2018-04-29, 11:45 AM

Having tried every concievable fix for the irritating way Windows 10 re-arranges all desktop icons to the left-hand side of the screen and having whiled away many hours re-postioning icons to where I want them, I simply gave up.




A brilliant, simple, FREE, utility that simply works.


I am nothing to do with the software developers, I simply wish to pass this on to other totally frustrated users who are equally bemused as to why a monster corporation like Microsoft cannot (or will not?) provide a fix for this totally annoying glitch.


Enjoy fellow sufferers.....



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