Desktop icons rearrange and move after reboot in Windows 10

Several Windows users at some point or the other have experienced the problem of their Desktop icons rearranging or moving after reboot. If your Desktop icons keep jumping, bouncing, moving or rearranging after rebooting on Windows 10 PC, here are a few things you can try to fix the problem.

Desktop icons keep rearranging or moving

Please go through the list and decide the order you may want to try these suggestions.

1] Right-click on the desktop, select View. Make sure Auto arrange icons is unchecked. Also, uncheck Align icons to grid.

Desktop icons rearrange and move after reboot

2] Open File Explorer and navigate to the following folder. Remember to replace ACK with your username.


Copy-paste the address in the address bar and hit Enter. In the Local folder, you will see a “Hidden” IconCache.db file. Delete it. Now arrange your icons on your desktop and restart your computer and see if it has helped.

3] Make sure that you have updated your video or graphics drivers to the latest available version from the manufacturer’s website.

4] Change your Screen Resolution and see if it helps. Right-click on the desktop and select Display resolution. The System Settings window will pop up.

Here check if you have set the Resolution to the Recommended figure.

Also check if Change the size of text, app, and other items to set to the Recommended figure. If it shows 125%, set it to 100% and see if that helps.

5] Prevent themes from changing icons. To do this, from the Control Panel, open Desktop Icon Settings box. Uncheck Allow themes to change desktop icons, click Apply and exit.

Does this help?

6] Change Windows Metrics – Icon Spacing and see. You will have to edit the Registry for this.

7] If nothing helps, check if it happens in Clean Boot State and troubleshoot the issue by trial and error method.

8] You have one other option. Use freeware to lock your icon positions. DesktopOK lets you save, restore, lock desktop icons position, and layout. It can record icon positions and some other desktop arrangements. D-Color is another tool you can use to save current icon layout, restore earlier icon layout, and more.

9] Here’show you can Restore desktop icon layout to the original position using Icon Shepherd.

Let us know what, if anything here, helped you – or if something else you did worked for you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.