Desktop Icons keep changing positions on reboot


Ken429

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Running Windows 11 version 22000.593 but I'm sure the problem has existed with other older versions. I am using a Samsung UHD monitor set to the default 3840X2160 setting scaled to the recommended 150%. All is well except when "Auto Arrange" is turned on the Icons get rearranged every time I reboot. This does not happen on systems with "Normal Standard" monitors set to 1920X1080 or even older monitors running @ 1680X1050. When "Auto Arrange" is turned off on the system with the UHD monitor and the system is rebooted Icons are scattered in some new arrangement! Is there any way to make Windows treat the desktop Icons on the UHD monitor like it does on Standard Monitors? I don't want to turn off Scaling for obvious reasons like eye preservation etc.
 

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    5600X
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    MSI MEG X570 ACE
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    2X4GB GSkilll V3200-14
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Mine is set to-align icons to grid, auto arrange off, medium icons. They always retain the position I put them in. Scaling is set to 150%.
Try using the old way of locking icons in position-f5
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
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    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
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    DELL 0J37VM
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    32 gb
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    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Integrated Realtek
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    500w
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    Logitech wired
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    Logitech wireless
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    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
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    Defender+MWB Premium
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    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
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    Dell Optiplex 9020
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    i7-4770
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    24 gb
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
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Yeah, but I'm being difficult, I want to leave Auto Arrange on. Let me add that 1920X1200 screen resolution works too. On all the machines I have running 1920X1080, 1920X1200 and 1680X1050 with scaling set to 100% (Recommended) I am able to leave Auto Arrange on and the desktop Icons do not change sequence when the system is restarted. On the monitor running at 3480X2160 with the scaling set to 150% (Recommended) and Auto arrange on the Desktop will not retain the location of the Icons. Seems like a problem that Windows should be able to handle since I am using it's recommended scaling?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
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    Custom
    CPU
    5600X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 ACE
    Memory
    2X4GB GSkilll V3200-14
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GTX 1660
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung U28E510D
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    Multiple Samsung NVMe SSD's and WD Harddrives
    PSU
    EVGA 750 G2
    Case
    Fractal Define R5
    Cooling
    EVGA CLC 280
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Sidewinder X4
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    ~90Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
Only idea I've got then is that some monitors have an easy arrange feature. If yours has it and its on, it may be interfering with windows auto arrange. The reason I turn auto arrange off is I like to put my icons where I want them rather than where Windows thinks they should be. Guess I'm a control freak.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Mine is set to-align icons to grid, auto arrange off, medium icons. They always retain the position I put them in. Scaling is set to 150%.
Try using the old way of locking icons in position-f5
I too use align witrh grid, always, but something did change it to auto, and I know not what. It weren't me guv!

I got that wrong, something truend off alignand left nothing ticked
 

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    Win 11 x 64 Home on PC . Pro Win 11 x 64 on Surface 9.
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    PC/Desktop
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    Upgraded to personal setup from made to measure.
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    amd ryzen 5 7600 6core 3701mhz
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    Gigabyte B650M K
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    32GB DDR5
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    MSI Nvidia Geforce Ventus 2X RTX 4070
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    ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
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    Coolermaster GM27-FFS 27 inch
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    1920 x 1080
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    Coolermaster
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    logitech X2 Pro
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