How to Stop Desktop Icons from Changing Location after System Reboot on Windows 10?

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Issue: How to Stop Desktop Icons from Changing Location after System Reboot on Windows 10?

Hello.  Is it possible to stop Windows 10 from changing the location of icons? I prefer arranging desktop icons according to how often I use them. However, whenever I click Refresh or restart my PC, all icons appear to be positioned at the extreme left corner of the screen. This makes me nervous. Please help.

Solved Answer


The arrangement of desktop icons is a matter of a PC’s owner, at least that’s how Windows users think. However, many people are accusing Microsoft engineers of programming the system in a way it rearranges desktop icons automatically in the left side of the screen each time the system is refreshed or rebooted. We must admit that continuous replacement of desktop icons to the default position is an irritating piece of bug because a certain order of desktop icons allows users to find applications and data easily. The same happens with the folder view settings. If the user modifies a folder view settings to thumbnails, list, medium icons, large icons, etc., these user-defined settings are automatically changed to the default when the folder is reopened.

It seems that rearrangement of desktop icons and folder view settings is a problem specific to Windows 10 OS. Earlier Windows versions, including 7, 8, 8.1, Vista, and XP, tend to regard the user-defined order of desktop icons, as well as folder view settings. Unfortunately, but disorganization of desktop icons is yet another Windows 10 bug, which, we hope, will be fixed soon, but until that happens, you can try to fix that by yourself. According to the experts, you may delete IconCache file to organize your desktop icons:

  • Click Win key + R, type %userprofile%, and press Enter.
  • When the User folder opens, click View tab, and place a check mark alongside Hidden items within the Show/hide group.
  • After that, navigate to the AppData folder –> Local folder.
  • Click on IconCache file and select Delete.

While this solution method works for many Windows 10 users, lots of people have reported that IconCache file is automatically restored after a system reboot. This scenario is very typical for those Windows 10 systems, which run ESET NOD32 antivirus or ESET Smart Security suite. This might happen due to the Cleaner module inbuilt in ESET products, which is modified each time the software detects a malicious code on a PC. Therefore, to fix automatic rearrangement of desktop icons error on Windows 10, you should try to do the following:

  • Click Win key + R, type regedit, and hit Enter.
  • Once the Registry Editor is opened, navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{42aedc87-2188-41fd-b9a3-0c966feabec1}\InProcServer32 using the left pane.
  • Once there, check the value of a string. It should be set to %SystemRoot%\system32\
  • If the value is OK, then go to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{42aedc87-2188-41fd-b9a3-0c966feabec1}\InProcServer32 and check the value of string as well. It should be %SystemRoot%\system32\ too.
  • If you find the value(s) of (Default) set to %SystemRoot%\SysWow64\shell32.dll or similar, you have to change it to %SystemRoot%\system32\

Unfortunately, but you will not be able to change the above-mentioned values without taking the ownership of InProcServer32 key in both locations. Thus, if you have found the (Default) values set in the wrong way, you should perform the below-listed steps first:

  • Click Win key + R, type regedit, and press Enter.
  • Then navigate to _CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{42aedc87-2188-41fd-b9a3-0c966feabec1}\InProcServer32, right-click on it, and select Permissions.
  • Select Advanced and click Change (near TrustedInstaller).
  • Now you will have to enter your username and click CheckNames.
  • Once done, click OK and select your username.
  • Mark Allow for the Full Control.
  • Finally, click Apply and OK.
  • Once done, repeat the same steps with the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{42aedc87-2188-41fd-b9a3-0c966feabec1}\InProcServer32 registry key.

When you take the ownership of the needed registry keys, double-click on the (Default) string and change its value to %SystemRoot%\system32\ In both keys. Finally, close the Registry Editor.  Hopefully, this guide has helped you to make Windows 10 remember the position of the desktop icons that you’ve set.

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