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Maintaining arrangement of desktop icons

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I would like to know how I can "permanently" keep my personalized arrangements of my desktop icons until I myself decide to make any changes in the arrangement. In otherwords, I often set up my desktop icons in a way that suits me, but then, regardless whether I select the auto-arrange option or not, within a short period of time I will find all my desktop icons rearranged when I reboot my computer. Is there some simple straightforward way that I can prevent this "spontaneous" re-arrangement from happening?
Thank you.
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by:Antowh76
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Qustion 1:
are you a domain or a local user?
Question 2:
Does it happen everytime you reboot the system?
Question 3:
What happen if you change the wallpaper and reboot the system?


Pls, let me know.
Bye, AntonioLc
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by:smallbee
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well auto arrange is not really automatically update ur desktop all the time...


say: u have auto arrange checked and click by name

then icons will be like:

a b c d e f g ....


somehow you move one of the icons to different position say g move to the position between c and d

then g will stay there... even u restart, it will stay there if I didn't lose my memory...

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by:Mikej
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T0: Antowh76
Thank you for your response. I believe I'm considered a local user. Regardless of whether or not I have auto-arrange selected, sometimes the icons change on reboot and sometimes they don't. Also, I don't like wallpaper, so I never use it or change it.

To: smallbee
Thank you for your response. I will try what you suggested and let you know the result.
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by:sramesh2k
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By default, the placement of icons on your desktop is saved every time you log out or shut down.  It is also saved if you refresh your desktop (by clicking the desktop, then pressing F5).  

Sometimes, the above may not be the case. This is due to the presence of the key "NoSaveSettings" and its value is set to 1 in the registry. To resolve this:

1. Click Start | Run | type Regedit.exe
2. Goto the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

In the right pane, locate the key named "NoSaveSettings"
Set its Value to "0".

If the key does not exist, create one DWord and set its value to 0
Data Type: REG_DWORD

Remember to use caution and frequent backups when editing the Registry.

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by:Mikej
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3/8/03 11:15AM EST

To: smallbee
I tried your sugestion, but it did not work. Thanks anyway.

To: sramesh2k
Thank you for your help. Obviously, log off or shut down doesn't work for me (as I originally stated in my question). However, I will click the desktop and then press F5 and let you know the results. But I do not feel capable enough to edit the Registry. I have had one or two very unpleasant experiences doing that, and I frankly don't want to take any such chances with this (I can live with my original problem if I have to).
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by:smallbee
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Mike,

what I m just telling you is that it will not save by default like sramesh2k said

but do follow what he said, it should do what you want
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by:sramesh2k
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Mike,

I understand you are not comfortable opening the registry. I always suggest you to take a backup of registry first before touching it. You are in safer side then.

Open regedit.exe choose file explort and select all range and save as a file in C:\

Now, its backed up.

Alter the NoSaveSettings now.

I can show you atleast four URLs where this nosavesettings key has solved the problem.
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by:Mikej
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To: sramesh2k

1) I opened regedit.exe but there was no option there to "choose file export and  select all range and save file in C:\" (So how do I make a backup of my registry?)

2) Here is exactly what I found when I opened the Explorer folder:
Name                  Type                  Data
(Default)            REG_SZ             (value not set)

CDRAutoRun            REG_DWORD         0X 00000000(0)

NoDriveTypeAuto...    REG_DWORD         0X 00000095(149)

Keeping the above "picture" in mind, can you please explain to me exactly what I should type in and exactly where I should type it?

Thank you very much for your help, time and patience.

Mike
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