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Icon arrangement on Windows desktop

Which files contain the icon arrangement for a Windows desktop (any/all version of Windows)?

e.g.  If someone changes the icon arrangement or resolution of a machine (which re-arranges the icons), what file(s) can I restore to put everything back in place?

Respectfully,

Dave T.
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ProtechCTCommented:
Download this file (http://www.pcnineoneone.com/tweaks/layout.zip) and unzip it's contents (2 files). Copy the layout.dll to your system32 folder in your Windows directory. Then double click on the layout.reg file to update the registry.

If you right click on the My Computer icon on your desktop you will see two new options "Save Desktop Icon Layout" and " Restore Desktop Icon Layout".

That's it, sort the icons out how you wish and save them, job done!
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DaveTedderAuthor Commented:
I tried this.  Even with a reboot, I don't get the "Save"/"Restore" options.

I'm using Win 7, but I'd like something that works with XP, Win 7, Server 2003, and Server 2008.

Respectfully,

Dave T.
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johnb6767Commented:
Save/Restore Desktop icons POSITION with two small Scripts
http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic28677.html

Works on all Win OS.....
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DaveTedderAuthor Commented:
I really don't want yet another app.  Does anyone know what files these "backup apps" are copying?

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Dave Tedder
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johnb6767Commented:
Here is where they are stored.....

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop\

They dont always recover once this key is manually maniuplated though.... Hence the suggestions of the 3rd party utils....

The DIPS app above, saves in it's own format in HKCU\Software\Richter
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DaveTedderAuthor Commented:
Leave this open as it was answered by 'john6767'.
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DaveTedderAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much.  That was the piece of the puzzle I was missing.

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Dave Tedder
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