When I reboot my Windows XP PC the desktop icons auto arrange on the left side of the screen.

On the "Arrange Icons by" screen, "Auto Arrange" is NOT checked.!!!


 I use the application "Icon restorer" to move my icons to the way I arranged them on the desktop, but every time I reboot the desktop icons auto arrange themselfs on the left side of the display.


What can I do to keep my desktop icons static (and not auto arranging after reboots)?




Hello Henry


The two list of steps below are from users in another thread regarding the exact same question. Try the steps suggested and let me know they help. Thanks.



Hi there,have you tried this?Right click an empty space on your desktop,highlight desktop icons,place a check  on 'lock icons in place' and uncheck'auto arrange,?





When you say "LOCK the icon items on my desktop" I'm assuming that you mean to keep them from re-arranging themselves with a reboot? If that is what you mean, then just copy then paste whats below to notepad, then click on "File>save as..." at the top, save it to the desktop. when you go to save it change the "Save as type" from "Text Documents (*.txt)" to "All Files" and name it anything with a .reg extension. then close everything and click on the file and choose "merge". also you want to make sure to add the part " Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00". that registry setting saves the position of items on the desktop when you shut down

     Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00




Modifying REGISTRY settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of REGISTRY settings can be solved. Modifications of these settings are at your own risk...


Responses are from the thread linked below.


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Last updated March 11, 2020 Views 3,545 Applies to: