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Fix Desktop Icons Keep Rearranging in Windows 10

Fix Desktop Icons Keep Rearranging in Windows 10: If you are facing this problem where the desktop icons keep rearranging themselves or auto arrange after every restart or even by refreshing then you are at the right place as today we are going to discuss on how to resolve this issue. Well in most cases, if Windows keeps moving the desktop icons automatically and rearrange them then most probably the Auto-arrange feature might be turned ON. But if even after disabling this option the desktop icons auto arrange themselves then you are in a big trouble as something is really messed up in your PC.

Fix Desktop Icons Keep Rearranging in Windows 10

There is no particular reason because of which this issue is caused but in most cases, it seems to be caused by outdated, corrupted or incompatible drivers, faulty video card or an outdated driver for the video card, corrupt user profile, corrupt Icon Cache etc. So the issue depends on the user system configuration and environment. Anyway, without wasting any time let’s see how to actually Fix Desktop Icons Keep Rearranging in Windows 10 with the below-listed troubleshooting steps.

Fix Desktop Icons Keep Rearranging in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Disable Align icons to grid and Auto arrange icons

1.Right-click on an empty space on the desktop then select View and uncheck Align icons to grid.

Uncheck Align icon to grid

2.If not then from the View option uncheck Auto arrange icons and everything will work out.

3.Reboot your PC and see if the above settings hold on or they are automatically changing.

Method 2: Change the Icon View

1.Right-click on the desktop then select View and change the view from your currently selected view to any other. For example if “Medium” is currently selected then click on “Small.”

Right-click on the desktop then select View and change the view from your currently selected view to any other

2.Now again select the same view which was earlier selected for example we would select Medium again.

3.Next, select “Small” in the View option and you would immediately see the changes in the icon on the desktop.

Right-click and from view select Small icons

4.After this, the icon won’t rearrange themselves automatically.

Method 3: Delete Icon Cache

1.Make sure to save all the work and close all the present applications or folder windows.

2.Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc together to open Task Manager.

3.Right-click on Windows Explorer and select End Task.

right click on Windows Explorer and select End Task

4.Click File then click on Run new task.

click File then Run new task in Task Manager

5.Type cmd.exe in the value field and click OK.

type cmd.exe in create new task and then click OK

6.Now type the following command in cmd and hit Enter after each one:

CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
DEL IconCache.db /a
EXIT

Repair Icon Cache to Fix Icons missing their specialized image

7.Once all the commands are successfully executed close command prompt.

8.Now again open the Task Manager if you have closed then click File > Run new task.

9.Type explorer.exe and click OK. This would restart your Windows Explorer and Fix Desktop Icons Keep Rearranging in Windows 10.

click file then Run new task and type explorer.exe click OK

Method 4: Uncheck Allow themes to change desktop icons

1.Right-click on an empty area on Desktop and then select Personalize.

right click on the desktop and select personalize

2.From the left-hand menu select Themes and then click Desktop icon settings.

select Themes from left hand menu then click Desktop icon settings

3.Now in the Desktop Icon Settings window uncheck the option “Allow themes to change desktop icons” in the bottom.

Uncheck Allow themes to change desktop icons in Desktop icon settings

4.Click Apply followed by OK.

5.Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you are able to Fix Desktop Icons keep rearranging automatically issue.

Method 5: Uninstall Graphic Card Drivers

1.Press Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Device Manager.

2.Expand Display adapters and then right-click on your NVIDIA graphic card and select Uninstall.

right click on NVIDIA graphic card and select uninstall

2.If asked for confirmation select Yes.

3.Press Windows Key + X then select Control Panel.

control panel

4.From Control Panel click on Uninstall a Program.

uninstall a program

5.Next, uninstall everything related to Nvidia.

uninstall everything related to NVIDIA

6.Reboot your system to save changes and again download the setup from the manufacturer’s website.

5.Once you are sure that you have removed everything, try installing the drivers again. The setup should work without any problems and you will  be able to Fix Desktop Icons Keep Rearranging issue in Windows 10.

Method 6: Update Display Drivers (Graphic Card)

1.Press Windows Key + R then type “devmgmt.msc” (without quotes) and hit enter to open Device Manager.

devmgmt.msc device manager

2.Next, expand Display adapters and right-click on your Nvidia Graphic Card and select Enable.

right-click on your Nvidia Graphic Card and select Enable

3.Once you have done this again right-click on your graphic card and select “Update Driver Software.

update driver software in display adapters

4.Select “Search automatically for updated driver software” and let it finish the process.

search automatically for updated driver software

5.If the above step was able to fix your problem then very good, if not then continue.

6.Again select “Update Driver Software” but this time on the next screen select “Browse my computer for driver software.

browse my computer for driver software

7.Now select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.”

let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer

8.Finally, select the compatible driver from the list for your Nvidia Graphic Card and click Next.

9.Let the above process finish and restart your PC to save changes. After updating Graphic card you may be able to Fix Desktop Icons Keep Rearranging in Windows 10.

Method 7: Update DirectX

To fix this issue, you should always try to update your DirectX. The best way to make sure you have the latest version installed is to download DirectX Runtime Web Installer from Microsoft’s official website.

Method 8: Run SFC and DISM commands

1.Press Windows Key + X then click on Command Prompt(Admin).

command prompt with admin rights

2.Now type the following in the cmd and hit enter:

Sfc /scannow
sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows (If above fails then try this one)

SFC scan now command prompt

3.Wait for the above process to finish and once done restart your PC.

4.Next, type the following command in cmd and hit enter after each one:

a) Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
b) Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
c) Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

DISM restore health system

5.Let the DISM command run and wait for it to finish.

6. If the above command doesn’t work then try on the below:

Dism /Image:C:\offline /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows /LimitAccess

Note: Replace the C:\RepairSource\Windows with the location of your repair source (Windows Installation or Recovery Disc).

7.Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 9: Create a new User Account

1.Press Windows Key + I to open Settings and then click Accounts.

From Windows Settings select Account

2.Click on Family & other people tab in the left-hand menu and click Add someone else to this PC under Other people.

Family & other people then click Add someone else to this PC

3.Click I don’t have this person’s sign-in information in the bottom.

Click I don’t have this person’s sign-in information

4.Select Add a user without a Microsoft account in the bottom.

Select Add a user without a Microsoft account

5.Now type the username and password for the new account and click Next.

Now type the username and password for the new account and click Next

Sign in to this new user account and see if you are able to fix the issue with Icons. If you are successfully able to Fix Desktop Icons Keep Rearranging themselves automatically issue in this new user account then the problem was with you old user account which might have got corrupted, anyway transfer your files to this account and delete the old account in order to complete the transition to this new account.

Method 10: For users using ESET NOD32

1.Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit

2.Navigate to the following Registry Key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{42aedc87-2188-41fd-b9a3-0c966feabec1}\InProcServer32\

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{42aedc87-2188-41fd-b9a3-0c966feabec1}\InProcServer32\

3.Double click on (Default) and replace “%SystemRoot%\SysWow64\shell32.dll” with “%SystemRoot%\system32\windows.storage.dll” in both the destinations.

4.Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 11: Repair Install Windows 10

This method is the last resort because if nothing works out then this method will surely repair all problems with your PC. Repair Install just uses an in-place upgrade to repair issues with the system without deleting user data present on the system. So follow this article to see How to Repair Install Windows 10 Easily.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix Desktop Icons Keep Rearranging in Windows 10 but if you still have any queries regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

4 thoughts on “Fix Desktop Icons Keep Rearranging in Windows 10”

  1. Well done article but i believe W10 will not allow anything other than auto arrange so ‘fixing’ it is likely not possible because it is not broken and is what it is.

    What is needed is a program that specifically can enable re-arrange of icons and then take control and keep them where a user wants.

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