Solved – Desktop Icons Original Position Change or Lost In Windows 7

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on November 20, 2009



This is a quite common problems found in almost all the windows operating system, same is the case with windows 7 too. Many users who have just started using windows 7 are facing problems when desktop icons in windows 7 changes or lost due to many reasons like resolution changed and lot of other things.


Placing these icons in the desktop to the original location manually is such a painful task and this would be a great annoyance when you have to do it again and again. 


Here are the different issues as reported by the reader which causes desktop icon displacement issue.

1. Desktop icons position does not remember in windows 7

2. Desktop Icon Positions After Windows Rearranges Layout


Lets figure out how to solve this problem not only in windows 7 but also in xp and vista too.


In order to solve the problem you will need to install a third party program in windows which will fix the desktop layout and positions for your which you can restore later.


IconRestorer is a free program which supports XP, Vista and Windows 7 and it allows you to save the desktop icons positions on both 32 bit and 64 bit. It can save the desktop icons position for more than one monitor if connected.


As shown in the image below, you can save the current desktop layout manually

Save Icon Layout – Save current desktop layout



Restore Icon Layout – You can restore from backup of the saved icon layouts created.


Automatically Save Icon Layout – This software can also save the desktop icon layout automatically


After you have saved the desktop icon layout, it will prompt you the following message.


You can also set this message not to show next time when you save the desktop icons positions.

Download Icon Restorer to save and fix the desktop icons position on windows 7, XP and Vista

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Severh June 30, 2010 at 3:41 am

Well i used this app and id sure helps alot. BUT lately i came up with a solution (or maybe one of possibilities to fix this).
Due to doing stuff to my os i had to uninstall all my GPU drivers. Than after rebbot i allowed windows to install its own. At this point icons and screen resolution started to behave properly. After installing drivers of my choice it still works as it should.
As for IconRestorer if above doesn’t help I can recomend it as a good solution :)

Oded Beit-Halachmi June 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm

was looking for the desktop restore, but found all sideways, none of the real thing

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