Desktop Icons not staying in place after reboot

Posted on 2012-08-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I have a user who had a virus last week which has since been cleaned up.  Since then the desktop icons don't stay in place after a reboot. The computer is running Windows XP SP3. Align in grid is unchecked and so is auto arrange.

Everything I've found is un-check those two options. I thought about rebuilding the profile but the person works away from the office. Is there any known registry key or something to set the default behavior back.

I even went as far as moving icons around and checking "align in grid" and logged them out and back in and it rechecked it and all the icons moved.
Question by:pmomg
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    by:Kent Dyer
    Look at the use of DesktopOK..

    He is also the author of Q-Dir which is a very cool, portable Windows Explorer replacement too. :)


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    maybe running sfc, or a repair install is in order here :                        SFC use in XP            Repair install  XP
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    Try following the steps here:

    Your antivirus/antimalware may have set a permission or changed a permission on a key dealing with the desktop icons.
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    by:Sudeep Sharma
    I have a user who had a virus last week which has since been cleaned up

    which virus infection was it, could you please name it or post the logs?

    Could be that the virus is not cleaned properly?

    Did you ran MalwareBytes to clean the system?

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