Windows desktop icon layout is lost after reboot

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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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