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why does rebooting rearrange my desktop icons in xp now?
tallman1948Asked:
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csoussanCommented:
Right-click your desktop, select Arrange Icons By and make sure there is not a check mark next to Auto Arrange.
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johnb6767Commented:
Does it happen for all users?
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tallman1948Author Commented:
I am the only user.
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tallman1948Author Commented:
there is no check mark by auto-arrange
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csoussanCommented:
Has your display resolution changed - either deliberately or unexpectedly?  I'm asking because it could be linked to a video driver issue.
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tallman1948Author Commented:
to "deliberately" my answer is "no".  To "unexpectedly" my answer is, I don't think so, I haven't noticed anything looking different.
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csoussanCommented:
Hmm... My husband had something similar happening on his system.  His system was rebooting with the Windows default video driver (640x480 - 16 color) and all of his icons had moved to the top left corner of his display.  It ended up being a problem with his video drivers.  However, it doesn't sound like your screen resolution is changing as nothing looks different to you (and it should look different if your screen resolution was changing.  You can always check by right-clicking your desktop, selecting properties, click the Settings tab and looking at the screen resolution settings.

Although this doesn't answer the why of your question, I do know of a freeware program I can point you at that may be a work around.  The program is called Icon Restore.  Icon Restore lets you save the placement of your desktop icons and restore them to their saved placement any time they get moved. After you've installed the program and saved your layout, you can right click My Computer and left click on 'restore icon layout' from the pop up menu whenever needed.

You can download it from PCWorld at the following URL: http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,25934-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html

You can also find it on Download.com at the following URL: http://www.download.com/Icon-Restore/3000-2347_4-10163499.html
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tallman1948Author Commented:
This will do - the real problem is probably so complicated that I don't want to knowit.
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tallman1948Author Commented:
I downloaded it, but can't find where it installed, nor dies right-clicking on my computer make it available.
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