Windows XP Desktop Icons Move On Reboot

Posted on 2008-11-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I have a Windows XP laptop that docks.  I take my laptop home every night.  How can I get my desktop icons to remain in the same place when booting from home or from work.  When docked at work I'm logging into a Windows 2003 network evironment.  Is this a local computer setting or a network setting?  Any registry edits that can fix this?
Question by:AEOAHS
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    Expert Comment

    sounds like you have 2 different resolutions set [one for when its docked & one when its not].

    when it's docked, is the docking station connected to an external monitor?

    verify the resolution of the monitor
     right click on the desktop > properties > settings tab \  screen resolution

    take note of what this is.

    undock the notebook and do the same thing...are they different?

    Author Comment

    I have the laptop docked to an external monitor.  The screen resolution is set for the same settings.  Here's my cycle:  Boot at work, rearrange the icons where I'd like them.  Shutdown, undock, go home to work and on reboot the icons are moved.  I reset them where they should be, do my work, shutdown, go to work, redock, boot and the icons are moved always to the left in columns.  So, I rearrange the icons, shutdown, undock, go home, reboot and icons are moved again.  Is this a policy issue or network issue?   I've been trying to find the solution.  A google search had someone suggesting a registry item of "NoSaveSettings" DWord, value = 0.  That solution didn't work.
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    Accepted Solution

    AEOAHS--This may help  scroll to "Save Desktop Icons Position".

    Author Closing Comment

    The file that you pointed me to is very helpful in the fact that the icons still move to the left of the screen everytime I boot, BUT the utilitiy that I downloaded makes repositioning the icons as easy as once mouse click.  Time saver for sure!  Thanks for the solution!
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    AEOAHS--Thanks for the feedback.  Glad to hear things are well.

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