Desktop Icons Rearranging Themselves After Restart On Windows 10 Fix

If you are a Windows user and facing this problem where the desktop icons keep rearranging themselves after restart then maybe the auto arrange option is enabled, though this option is disabled and still you are facing the issue then there might be a problem with drivers or icon cache files etc. In this article, we will discuss the different methods to solve the issue in detail. Let us start!


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Method 1: Check the Settings For Auto Arrange Option

 

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows desktop, and click on View.

Step 2:  From the list that appeared, make sure the auto arrange ions option is disabled which means it should be unchecked.

Step 3: Also make sure the Align icons to grid option is unchecked.

 

Auto Arrange

 

Step 4: Restart the computer and check if the issue is solved.

Method 2: Delete The IconCache File

 

Step 1: Open the run prompt using Windows + R keys together

Step 2: Copy the below command and paste it into the rum prompt and hit enter.

%userprofile%

 

User Profile


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Step 3: It will open the File Explorer, make sure the hidden items are also enabled. To do so, click on the View tab which is at the top.

 

View Tab

 

Step 4: Tick the Hidden items check box to view the hidden files/folders.

 

Hidden Items

 

Step 5: Now double-click on the App data folder to open it.

 

Appdata

 

Step 6: Double click on the Local folder.

 

Local Folder

 

Step 7: Find for IconCache.db file select it and then right-click on it. From the appeared list click on Delete.

 

Icon File

Method 3: Update the Graphics Driver

 

Step 1: Open the run prompt using Windows + R keys together. Type devmgmt.msc in the run prompt

 

Device Manager

 

Step 2: This will open the Device Manager Window. Find and expand Display adapters.

Step 3: Right-click on each graphic driver and click on Update driver.

Update Display Driver Min

Step 4: Choose Search automatically for drivers. Windows will scan for available driver updates and download them.

Step 5: Once updated, restart your computer and check if the issue is solved.

Method 4: Change The Screen Resolution

 

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows desktop and click on Display settings.

 

Display Settings

 

Step 2: Check whether the Scale and layout options have recommended resolution. If not choose the recommended option from the dropdown. For Example, if the size of text, apps, and other items are set to 125% then from the dropdown choose 100% which is the recommended resolution.

 

Scale Options

Method 5: Prevent Themes From Changing Desktop Icons

 

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows desktop and click on Personalize.

 

Personalise

 

Step 2: From the left pane select Themes


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Themes

 

Step 3: At the right, click on Desktop icon settings

 

Desktop Icon Settings

 

Step 4: In the appeared window at the bottom, uncheck the box beside ‘Allow themes to change desktop icons’

Step 5: To save the changes click on Apply and OK.

 

Allow Themes

 

Step 6: Restart the system and check if the problem is resolved.

That’s it! Hope this article is helpful. Do comment and let us know which of the above method worked for you. Thank you!!

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