Windows desktop icon layout is lost after reboot

Case

You notice that even though you setup a custom layout for your Windows desktop icons, the Windows desktop icon layout is lost after reboot.

Solution

Follow the steps below to resolve the issue. You can automate the below tasks by running a startup Powershell script or a Windows scheduled task as part of a Group Policy object.

  • Click Start –> Run –> %userprofile%. This will open the user’s profile folder. Ensure hidden folders are shown. Navigate to “AppData –> Local” folder and delete the IconCache.db file.
  • Open regedit.exe and navigate to path Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes. Ensure that the ThemeChangesDesktopIcons item’s value is set to zero (0).

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