Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium


Windows XP Desktop Icons Move On Reboot

Posted on 2008-11-18
Medium Priority
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
  • 2
  • 2

Expert Comment

ID: 22985121
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

ID: 22985220
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.
LVL 50

Accepted Solution

jcimarron earned 400 total points
ID: 22987785
AEOAHS--This may help
http://www2.technobabble.com.au/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=178  scroll to "Save Desktop Icons Position".

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31517851
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!
LVL 50

Expert Comment

ID: 23038425
AEOAHS--Thanks for the feedback.  Glad to hear things are well.

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

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

Learn about cloud computing and its benefits for small business owners.
Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…

571 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