This appears to be a problem with MANY MANY people, however Microsoft has either yet to read their own forums or don't know how to fix this. I briefly spoke with a Windows Technician on the phone last evening who said he had seen this problem before and was able to resolve it by creating a new profile. Allow me to call **** - #1 when I create a new profile the problem still exists #2: Many people whom have posted about this issue also have created new profiles and still the problem exists.
Also - many people have said by doing a clean install it has resolved their issue - unfortunately if people read further and dig through the interwebs they will find many other people who have also said they did a clean install just to have the same issue arise again.
Upon reboot all icons are left justified and icon size is set to medium. Size of icons can be changed to small, medium or large however upon another reboot - it defaults back to medium. Also, option to Align to Grid is always checked upon reboot. Auto arrange IS NOT CHECKED! Icons will move where you place them on the desktop however upon pushing F5 or right clicking and selecting Refresh the icons all are re-justified back to the left as if Auto Arrange was on (IT IS NOT CHECKED HOWEVER). Another symptom noticed via reading other articles on this - the setup of how explorer windows look (ie, show as list, details, thumbnails) is also always reset to default upon reboot.
What this issue has been found NOT to be:
This issue IS NOT a corrupt profile issue - Upon creating a new profile the SAME ISSUE EXISTS.
This issue IS NOT due to the View -> Auto-Arrange Icons being selected : IT IS NOT SELECTED!
This issue IS NOT due to old video drivers - most current video driver has been installed.
The one thing theses threads have not had included in it is what we are all using. There must be some common denominator. My home machine running Win 10 x64 Pro has this issue. My machine at work running Win 10 x64 Ent does not have this issue (as of yet).
So - the affected machine:
Intel DZ68BC Motherboard
Intel i5 3.3 Processor
Video: nVidia GeForce GT 640 Video Card - Dual Monitors (One via HDMI and One via HDMI to DVI converter cable)
Audio: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion
AV Software: eSet 6.2
Office: Yes - Pro Plus 2013
Misc Software: Steam, Dropbox, OneDrive, Dashlane, VMWare vSphere
Domain Attached: Yes
This is kind of a basic overview of what I have - perhaps the rest of you can chime in.
Also things I've tried:
Windows Updates are current.
This happened one time before and I did a system restore and resolved it for weeks. Upon it rearing it's ugly head again I've attempted multiple System Restores - no luck.
I've tried updating / reinstalling video drivers - no luck.
I've attempted sfc /scannow - found corrupt files and fixed - still nothing
There was reference to deleting BAG registry entries - no luck
I have never used nor have ever had Fences installed on this PC.
I do use an application called TrueLaunchBar however have not found this to be in common with others having this same issue.
On a closing note: Please do not suggest third party applications to keep icons a certain way on the desktop - that is a workaround - NOT A SOLUTION.
MICROSOFT YOU NEED TO FIND AN ANSWER!
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If you are someone who is also experiencing this issue - if you are going to reply could you also maybe add in some answers to the following information?
PC Maker (if not custom)
CPU manufacturer and type
Odd Misc software? ie, Fences, TrueLaunchBar
How was Windows 10 installed - Clean Install/Upgrade (if so from what)
Did the issue start after an update? Do you remember when?