desktop icons keep moving in windows 10

desktop icons keep moving in windows 10
 

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Hi Gary,

Thank you for posting the query on Microsoft Community.

I suggest you to follow the steps below and check, if it helps:

Method 1. Try updating the Display drivers from the manufacturer's website and check if the issue persists.  If not, uninstall and reinstall the latest drivers from the manufacturer web site.


Follow the steps to update the audio drivers:
a. Press Windows key + X key and click Device Manager.
b. Expand Display Adapter and Select Graphic   .
c. Right-click on the Graphic and click on Update driver software.
d. Restart the computer and check.

Method 2:

If the issue still persists install the drivers in the compatibility mode.

Compatibility mode:

I would suggest you to install the latest available drivers on manufacturer's website in compatibility mode.

Follow the steps below on how to install driver in compatibility mode:
1. Download the driver from the manufacturer’s website and save it on your local disk.
2. Right click on the setup file of the driver and select “Properties”.
3. Select “Compatibility” Tab.
4. Place a check mark next to “Run this program in Compatibility mode” and select operating system from the drop down list.
5. Let the driver install and then check the functionality.

Hope this helps. If the issue remains unresolved, please get back to us and we would be happy to help

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This problem began after updating to Windows 10. My display drivers are up-to-date & have been re-installed as suggested, however, I still have the same problem.  When re-starting Windows 10, or putting the computer in sleep mode, the desktop icons are completely scrambled.  The "auto arrange icons" option is unchecked. Also, after rebooting, my sound icon in the taskbar sometimes appears & sometimes it does not. These problems are new and began after installing Windows 10 from Windows 8.1. I look forward to an update to correct these bugs. Thank You

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This is also the case when upgrading from Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.

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I have the same migrating icons, this began for me with the full install of window 10. I did not upgrade from any previous OS. All drivers for video and peripherals have been updated, yet the problem continues.

My monitor runs at 2K, Nvidia GTX 670 video card, and Logitech interface.

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Someone in the community suggested DesktopOK (from Germany).  It saves your layout and restores it at startup.  It is multi-lingual so switch to English from German if needed (lower left corner).  It is free and works well.
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Thank you for the suggestion, I'll look into it. Although I am a bit of a minimalist and I'm hoping for a native solution soon.

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Don't keep a bunch of icons on your desktop. Put them in your Start Menu ("Pin to Start") and remove them from the Desktop entirely. In the Start Menu you can arrange them in categories you name yourself, resize them, rearrange them to suit your needs, whatever) and the Start Menu is just a click of the Windows Logo button (on your keyboard or your taskbar) away and the same will take you back to your desktop.

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desktop ok doesnt work for me click save and they all jumo to to the left again

this only happened this morning ybb the way was fine before i guess ms sent an auto update :@

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Thank you for your insight. However I don't have any app icons on my desktop per say. I have the recycle bin and sticky notes, both have this migration issue. I choose to keep the recycle bin on my desktop out of person preference rather than creating an app tile for the start menu. Also I find that sticky notes are less abrasive than a reminder app pinging my electronics over a to-do list. I really only wanted Microsoft to understand this is not a isolated issue with gary3247, and to take steps to remedy if this becomes a larger issue.

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Not really clear what behaviour is expected - Is it the default setting of "Align to Grid" that causes your problem?  If so, then un-tick that option after Right-Click on Desktop > View; and you should be able to place the Icons wherever you want.
MJA
Windows Insider, Surface Pro 3, MacBook Pro (VirtualBox + Windows 10)

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