Logging into my job computer using remote desktop will make the icons rearrange, but not always. Sometimes they do not rearrange.

When I am connected with remote desktop, the icons in the right edge is a waste. When I come back to the computer physically, the icons could or would not be rearranged.

When they are rearranged, they do not necessarily go to a place further to the left. They could move down two places.

Is there anyone that knows the idea behind this?

How do I prevent this if I do not want to install a 3rd party software that would take a snapshot of the icons and later on restore them?

I consider creating two bat files, one that restricts the access to the registry key where icon positions are stored and one that releases the restriction.

However, ideas are welcome.

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This typically occurs if you connect to the same server from two different computers that have different resolutions. For example, a desktop that has 1920x1080 and a notebook that has 1280x1024.

This GPO setting should prevent the desktop shortcuts from being re-arranged:

Policy location: User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Desktop
Setting: Don't save settings on exit

Registry Key:  HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer  
Registry Value: NoSaveSettings  
  • So I have to change that value when I actually want to set icon locations? – Anders Lindén Jun 24 '15 at 11:51
  • Yes, that is correct. – Greg Askew Jun 24 '15 at 12:12
  • Can I have a policy for terminal server sessions and one for local sessions? – Anders Lindén Jun 24 '15 at 13:01
  • Yes, actually the USER policy linked to the terminal servers OU would only apply to terminal server sessions. It would not affect local/desktop sessions. – Greg Askew Jun 24 '15 at 13:08
  • Oh, there is a problem, I am running windows 7 and I do not use "terminal server", but "remote desktop"... I did not know about the difference – Anders Lindén Jun 24 '15 at 14:21

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