Simple user interface question.

Posted on 2001-06-25
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I would like my desktop settings (i.e. icon locations ) to be saved when I reboot and /or log-off. The way it is now the auto arrange is always on when I reboot/log-off. I uncheck it and set the icon locations the way I like them. Then I log off and back on again, and the auto-arrange is checked and all the icons are on the left side of the screen. I am sure it is just a simple setting but I cannot find it. Thanks
Question by:Sasho
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 6225745
Are you in a corporate environment?  Some companies may use mandatory profiles which will not allow you to save your settings.
LVL 10

Expert Comment

ID: 6225802

Author Comment

ID: 6225806
Well I am in a corporate environment, but on this perticular pc I installed the OS. I have full Administrator rights on this PC. How can I check if I am using a manditory profile?
Best Practices: Disaster Recovery Testing

Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to the development of such a plan and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning.

LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 6225817
Look in your home directory - you may install the PC, but if you are in a domain and aren't a domain admin or someone else authorized to edit user accounts, you don't have control over your own profile necessarily.  Basically, you need to look for NTPROFILE.MAN - but it's probably on a server some place and you may not have write access.  IT could also be a hidden share and you may not even be able to find out where it's coming from.

Author Comment

ID: 6225840
Is there any way to stop that profile from loading and/or disable the desktop part of it,assuming I find this file NTPROFILE.MAN?
LVL 95

Accepted Solution

Lee W, MVP earned 50 total points
ID: 6225852
No, your profile is personal settings and effectively the "CURRENT_USER" registry key, which is required if you're going to use the system.

What I'd suggest is talking to your systems admin about these modifications.

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
VSS on host & VM 10 400
Windows timing on domain Pcs 4 443
Active Directory Replication 10 1,135
Problems executing VBS script in Windows 2000 16 164
NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
This article aims to explain the working of CircularLogArchiver. This tool was designed to solve the buildup of log file in cases where systems do not support circular logging or where circular logging is not enabled
Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With  eFax Corporate (, you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, f…
Hi friends,  in this video  I'll show you how new windows 10 user can learn the using of windows 10. Thank you.

867 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

15 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now