If your Windows 7 desktop icons keep rearranging, there are various ways you can try to fix the issue. This is a problem which many people are now reporting on their Windows 7 machines, and can be caused by a number of issues inside the Windows 7 system. Fortunately, there’s a simple method you can use to fix the problem for good. Here’s what you need to do…
The reason why Windows 7 rearranges the icons on your desktop is because it “forgets” the layout that your icons had. Every time you reboot or shut down your computer, your icons are basically saved to a database which gives their exact positions on screen. When Windows cannot read these positions, it gets confused and basically just resorts to rearranging the entire list of icons on your desktop.
The first thing you need to do to fix this problem is to disable the “Auto Arrange Icons” feature of your system. Many computers have the auto-arrange icons option enabled on their system, which causes their computer to try and put their icons in a specific order. To fix this, you should right-click on the desktop, click on “View” and then see if “Auto-Arrange” is ticked. If it is, then untick it. This should stop the rearranging.
If your PC does not have the “auto arrange” option checked, then you should look at another option called “Align Icons To Grid”. This is an option which basically links the icons to a certain part of your computer screen and if this options becomes damaged or corrupted, Windows has been known to rearrange the icons on your desktop. To fix this, you need to right-click on the desktop, click on “View” and then on “Align Icons To Grid”.
After that, restart your PC and see if it’s helped the problem. If it has not, then you should try using a ‘registry cleaner’ to clean out the registry. The registry is basically a big database which stores information and settings about your computer and keeps details like your latest emails, desktop wallpaper and even your login details inside. The registry is also responsible for keeping your desktop icons position, and is often the case that many registry options will become damaged or corrupted, leading Windows to rearrange your desktop icons. You should try using a ‘registry cleaner’ to scan through this database and fix any of the damaged or corrupted files that are inside it, which should resolve your icons issue.