Unable to move desktop icon after 8.1 update


I just updated my Windows 8 pro to Windows 8.1 pro. I've noticed lots of nice changes and I am loving it.

However, as I start to move my desktop icons, I found out that I am unable to move them. Not even one. When I drag the icons my mouse cursor will turn to a circle with a line through it cursor.

- Auto arrange icons and align icons to grid was disabled.
- I have no 3rd party software managing my desktop's icons.
- I have tried restarting.

I have read of this bug existing in Windows 8.1 preview. Is it the same bug?


Question Info

Last updated April 16, 2019 Views 29,084 Applies to:




Are you using a desktop or a Laptop?


Method 1:


I would suggest you to boot the computer in safe mode and then try to arrange the desktop icons.


Step 1:


Refer to the link to boot in safe mode.


Advanced startup options (including safe mode).



Step 2:


If you are able to arrange the desktop icons in safe mode, I would suggest you to perform clean boot.


Refer to the link to perform clean boot.


How to perform a clean boot to troubleshoot a problem in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.



Note: Refer "How to reset the computer to start as usual after troubleshooting with clean boot" under more information to reset the computer to start as normal after troubleshooting.


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