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[Multiple monitors] Desktop icons move around each restart!

Q: [Multiple monitors] Desktop icons move around each restart!

Hello everyone! Not sure if this is the right forum, I had to decide between this and Customisation, but this seemed more applicable.

Anyway, whenever I restart my computer, all my desktop icons move around to really weird locations. I don't have that many icons, but I'm a clean freak, so when they move out of place it sincerely pisses me off

Here are the specs:
Asus G74SX built-in monitor: 1920x1080
External monitor: Acer X203H, 1600x900
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 3GB VRAM

The icons all stay on my main monitor (the one on my laptop) but they are often jumbled far out of place, such as this example: http://i.imgur.com/Kqtpp.jpg

And here's how they're actually supposed to be oriented: http://i.imgur.com/1TMe7.jpg

As you can see, there's quite a difference XD

Also, if it helps any, the external moderator is connected via VGA and it's positioned to the left of my laptop.


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A: [Multiple monitors] Desktop icons move around each restart!

Doing a simple google search, I keep running into your same situation. A laptop with an external monitor being used that has two different native resolutions and this seems to be causing the problem. As for a fix for it...every thing I read so far comes up nill. This is not to say that there's not a fix for it, I haven't ran across it yet.

How lock/pin desktop icons once they are arranged?

Desktop Icons - Lock Position ?

If also found that there are some nifty little third part apps that will do the trick as well. Scroll through this thread and check out the links.


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I've come across an issue where when I shut down and restart my PC on occasion all of my desktop icons will have moved.

I am running a dual screen set up, screen 1 on the left, screen 2 on the right using screen 2 as the main display, running Win 7 Pro x64.
Windows gadgets are unaffected by this problem, only icons which are all moved onto the main display and largely jumbled up.

This doesn't happen every time I shut down. I am beginning to suspect it has something to do with the order of programs closing before windows shuts down, but I am not sure, and even less sure why programs which have no affect on the resolution would have any affect on the icon position.

Has anyone got any suggestions as to why Windows might be getting confused sometimes?

A:Icons move on restart

You might give DeskTopOK a try. Not sure what it will do in a dual screen environment, but I use it to keep Desktop icons exactly where I place them on my single screen setup (Win 7 Pro X64).

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There's a great program called XYplorer (written in VB). I love it and I'm using it everywhere. However it has one huge (at least for me) "bug". This post is related to the thread on a XYplorer board -> XYplorer Beta Club

I'm working with multiple monitors and I have selected Windows option "Show taskbar buttons on Taskbar where window is open". Normally when you move a window from one monitor to another, a button on taskbar will follow after the window to the same monitor. Unfortunately this feature doesn't work with XYplorer. Button stays on the monitor where windows was opened (video rel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnOutqDGGSA )

To be precise, it works like this:
1) Open XY on Monitor 1 (M1).
- XY button stays on M1 taksbar, no matter where you move the window.
2) Close XY when window is on Monitor 2 (M2).
3) Open XY again - window is shown on M2.
- XY button stays on M2 taksbar, no matter where you move the window.
Author of the program says it should be handled by Windows and he doesn't know how to control it programtically. I've tested XY on many computers (Windows 8, 8.1) and it works like this everywhere. It's really hard to find similair problems in Google.
Do you know what might be the issue?

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How would I move the taskbar from the left to the right monitor? The extended desktop doesn't have a task bar and it is mounted vertically (for easier viewing of PDF manuals). I would like to be able to move it but doesn't do it if I drag across and drop....

I'm grateful for Any suggestions...

A:Solved: I have dual Monitors on My desktop how to move the taskbar?

I moved you to a more appropriate forum.

Most video drivers don't offer that capability, but there are some 3rd party alternatives.

MultiMon Task bar is a free one, and UltraMON is one you pay for.

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I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and I use a 22" LG monitor at 1680x1050 for my primary display. My secondary display is my old 17" ViewSonic CRT, which, while obviously not awesome, has been working pretty well for me.

I've had a couple issues with both Vista and 7 moving my icons around occasionally, so I wasn't terribly surprised to boot my computer up yesterday to find the three icons on my desktop (recycle bin, a picture, and a folder) moved somewhere towards the middle of my primary display. What DID surprise me was that my second monitor had been changed to its native resolution of 1024x768, a display mode which makes everything rather large in comparison to my main monitor, so I usually have it set at 1152x864.

The thing is I didn't notice the resolution change until I had switched my main monitor over to HDMI so I could use my Xbox 360, as I was moving my useful windows to my second monitor so I could use them while I played. Because of that, I had moved my desktop icons back to their usual place in the top left of my main monitor. At that point though, I was already doing Xbox stuff, so I said "eh, whatever."

So today I boot up my computer to find that the second monitor's resolution has been changed back to what I had originally set it at, and my recycle bin and the image file were missing, however the folder was in pretty much the same place it had been after I moved it back. Of course I checked the resolutions,... Read more

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There are several computers in our office that are running Windows 2000 Pro with a dual monitor setup. Some use the Matrox Dual Monitor card, some use Voodoo 3 as a secondary card (onboard as primary). However, all systems experience this same problem: all icons, whether on the desktop or in the explorer, appear in only 256 colors. Other graphics, however, appear in the correct mode (32-bit). Also, some JPEG files, when viewed on these systems appear pixelated and very rough.

For all video cards, the latest drivers have been installed. Win2K Service Pack 2 has been installed. DirectX 8.0a has been installed. The display setting "Show icons using all possible colors" has been checked. All to no avail.

I'd appreciate any help with this minor inconvenience. Thank you.

Frank Karimi

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Whenever I reboot this laptop the Desktop Icons are not visible.
If I right mousebutton click then View -> Show Desktop Icons, then the tick box is already checked.
If I unckeck it and then recheck it, then all the icons reappear; tedious!
Please can you help.

Thank you - Mike

A:Desktop Icons Missing on restart but "show desktop icons" is checked

Try the following:

Go to the Control Panel.

Click System and Security > Find and Fix Problems.

On the left, click "Change setting"s and turn "Computer Maintenance" to "OFF".

Hope it help.

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I run Windows 7 on my Dell laptop. At work, I dock the laptop and use a computer monitor screen in conjunction with the laptop screen. The laptop always remains the primary computer. When I dock and undock the laptop, the icons on my desktop all end up jumbled. I organize my icons in a specific way, so it's frustrating that this happens frequently. I do not have either align to grid or auto arrange selected.

Any suggestion?

Thank you

A:Icons Move Around on Desktop

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Hi folks, i find that when i start my pc from sleep my desk top icons have moved, could it be that when i click on the mouse, and the screen is dark i may be clicking a spot on the screen not knowing that i am inadvertently moving them,and is there a way to lock them in place, so it does not happen. I have windows vista premium 32-bit, thank you

A:Desktop icons move


Right click on your desktop, Under View, Uncheck "Auto Arrange".


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On my desktop, when I use my mouse to move around to the icons, the icons move away from the mouse...like two magnets with the same pole. What is causing this to happen and how can I fix it?

A:Desktop icons move

Welcome to TSG, Edelwiess. I 'm giving you a new thread for this and moving it to the antivirus forum. You almost surely have the magistr worm.

http:[email protected]

You can do a complete online scan here:


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um i think my icons on my desktop are locked or somthing cause i cant move them and stuff

A:Cant Move My Desktop Icons

tomtom90, Right click your Desktop>arrange icons by and uncheck auto arrange & allign to grid.


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I don't recall any recent change before this issue, but everytime I start my computer, all my icons go to the left side of the screen. I temporarily downloaded a software to reset my icons when I start the computer, but I don't want to keep on having to go through this all the time. I tried the regedit...that didn't work. I tried right clicking the desktop and resetting them there...that doesn't work.

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Hi guys.

I've searched for this problem on here and Google but nothing useful shows.

I've had a little problem for a few weeks. When I install a new app which puts a short-cut icon on the desktop. I need to move that icon to another location. As soon as I slowly click that icon and I slowly click it to drag it to another location it opens up every time. I have to use Task Manager to end task it.

I've changed the mouse properties in Control Panel from fast to slow but that makes no difference. I've done a Malwarebytes and virus scan and all clear.

My desktop icons are set align icons to grid, auto arrange icons isn't check as I want to arrange my icons myself.

There is a YouTube video that says select the icon an press Esc escape to move it but that doesn't wok.

I sometimes have another slight problem with the desktop icons when I startup the bottom line sometimes moves up a line all other icons stop where they are supposed too and I have to move them all down. This doesn't happen very often.

Any suggestions?

A:move desktop icons without opening them

To move an icon shortcut (or file, folder etc) to another location, with the mouse make a window to select. Once selected, Ctrl+x.
Go to destination folder and do a Ctrl+v

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first of all, sorry for my bad english.

Yesterday i istalled Service pack 1 on my pc.

After that i found that i can't move any of my desktop icons. I don't know if there is a direct connection with the istallation of SP1.

Also i found that vlc doesn't properly. I have tried different version, but the problem is always the same: i can't move the video forward or back.
I don't know if this problem too is connected with the istallation of the SP1...

I don't know what to do...
anybody can help me?


A:desktop icons doesn't move

Hello asd, and welcome to Sevenforums!

You might consider uninstalling SP1: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) - Uninstall - created by Brink
But then of course you won't have SP1 installed. I'd try disabling my antivirus, all other security software, and uninstalling programs that aren't needed, or that you can install again, just in case they are getting in the way, and then reinstalling it again. After you can reload everything.

You can also try creating a new user account, moving files to that new user account and hoping that somehow fixes the problem: Fix a corrupted user profile

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I don't know if this is the correct forum but I am using W7 so I'll start here.
I was recently infected by some viruses and other stuff and now, after my local repair shop "fixed" it, my desktop icons won't move. I did an auto arrange and they aligned themselves but I want to move some so they are adjacent to other related icons. The repair shop wants to charge $60 to trouble shoot and look for the cause. I'll try my "tech world' instead.

A:Solved: Desktop icons won't move

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I like W8 interface alot, but certain things don't seem to work.

Like normally, you could go into the Start menu, and copy/move/edit/delete icons. But In W8, I don't see any way of doing this. The only options they give you is to pin.

So the "All Programs" Menu in W8 is the Apps menu. And there doesn't seem to be a way to drag any of those shortcuts onto the desktop. There doesn't seem to be away to open file location of any of these shortcuts either.

What am I supposed to do?

A:How do you move icons from Start to Desktop?

If you right click on the tile and select pin to taskbar, you can pin to the taskbar. If you select open file location then it will open in the file explore, right click & hold on the item and drag to the desktop and release->Create shortcut


you can use the tutorial, for example : "Music" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

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I have a computer with Windows XP installed. It's getting a little old now and recently the operating system would not load when I started the computer. I took it to a local computer repair shop who said the disk had numerous errors which they claim to have "repaired".

Anyway they got the machine to work again after a fashion but I have 3 residual problems which they can't fix.

1) I cannot move any icons/folders on the desktop
2) I cannot open some, not all, items on the desktop as its claimed I don't have permissions to do this
3) I have no sound at all

With the exception of a popup error message I get when I start the machine, which says wshelper.exe cannot load, all else is functioning fine - internet etc

I did look through the forum at length before posting and did find a similar thread. Resultantly I ran Farbar Service Scanner and MiniToolbox and I'm pasting the result below and hope this helps.

Farbar Service Scanner Version: 11-05-2012
Ran by N800C (administrator) on 13-05-2012 at 10:34:37
Running from "D:\Internet Security"
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (X86)
Boot Mode: Normal

Internet Services:
Dnscache Service is not running. Checking service configuration:
The start type of Dnscache service is OK.
The ImagePath of Dnscache service is OK.
The ServiceDll of Dnscache service is OK.
Connection Status:
Localhost is acce... Read more

A:Desktop Icons Won't Move & No Sound

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.===Please download and run this DDS Scanning Tool. Nothing will be deleted. It will just give me some additional information about your system.Download DDS and save it to your desktop from here or here.Disable any script blocker, and then double click dds.scr to run the tool. When done, DDS will open two (2) logs: DDS.txt Attach.txtSave both reports to your desktop.Please just paste the contents of the DDS.txt log in your next post.===Third party programs if not up to date can be an open door for an infectionPlease run this security check for my review.Download Security Check by screen317 from here.Save it to your Desktop.Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.===

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Can you help, when I had my new PC set up for me, I wanted to duplicate some desktop icons to the tray, but when he tried, they wouldn't stay, & he said it was the way the supplier had set it up in the workshop, curious, because it was possible with my laptop.

A:Move desktop icons to tray

Right-click on the tray (taskbar) and deselect "Lock the Taskbar". When finished with that, right-click on the icon in question and drag it to the tasbar.

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Hi. I am currently unable to move desktop icons. They are stuck no matter what settings I have selected under "Arrange Icons" menu. I have followed this thread and here is the Silent Runners log file attachment. Any help will be apreciated...

A:Unable to move desktop icons...

nevermind... I figured it out... thanks tho

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I have a new problem. I am running Windows XP home edition on an HP 5280 laptop with 1.5 meg of memory. I had installed a program called "Registry Cleaner 4.0" , and the icons were suddenly locked into their positions; I could not move the icons, and cannot insert a desktop icon into a desktop folder. The icons will launch their respective programs, and when right-clicked, the menu appears as it normally does. Thinking that the problem was with the new program, I then uninstalled it. The uninstall process appeared to proceed normally. However, after uninstalling, the icons remain "frozen", are unable to be moved, do respond to a right-click, open their respective programs, but cannot be moved with the cursor. Anybody got any ideas as to what to do? Thank you.

A:Unable To Move Icons On Desktop

Did they some how get put in "Auto arrange"? Right click on the desktop, look at Arrange Icons by and make sure the auto arrange is not checked.

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Just auto updated to the latest version of windows 8, and now I can't move my desktop icons, after they were automatically moved out of place after the update.  I have already tried to select and deselect auto arrange icons, but this just moved them
all to the left end of the screen, and didn't solve the problem of me being able to move them.  I have since changed my settings to no longer automatically install pointless updates that do nothing but waste my time and mess with my settings, and would
just like to access this simple feature that I've always had.

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Anyone else have this problem? I re-arrange them and when I reboot they're all over the place.

A:Desktop icons move after every re boot

desktop>right click>sort by

Let us know what happens.

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On the 13th May I posted this problem on the virus and malware section

I have a computer with Windows XP installed. It's getting a little old now and recently the operating system would not load when I started the computer. I took it to a local computer repair shop who said the disk had numerous errors which they claim to have "repaired".

Anyway they got the machine to work again after a fashion but I have 3 residual problems which they can't fix.

1) I cannot move any icons/folders on the desktop
2) I cannot open some, not all, items on the desktop as its claimed I don't have permissions to do this
3) I have no sound at all

Since then I have been in daily contact with Nasdaq as he has been trying to assist me.

On the 26th he posted the following last response :

"I think it's all related to Permission.

I suggest you start a new topic in Windows XP Forum.

An expert in that operating system will be able to help you.

This area is not my domain."

Hence the posting and hope someone here can help.

A:Desktop Icons Won't Move & No Sound

Hi -Not sure if you have had a go at this idea yet - First make sure you set a Restore Point -Copy each one of the below, and paste it into your START > RUN > OK and run it, then do the same with the other one..... Don't ask me exactly what they do (maybe someone on the forum can tell us) the only thing I know is it solved this problem....regsvr32 ole32.dllregsvr32 /i shell32.dllHope it works for you

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I am new to Windows 7. For some reason, when we move our desktop icons, they copy themselves. My son had the entire screen filled with copies of 5 icons! How do I stop copying the icons when they are moved?

Thanks for any help!

A:Desktop icons copy when I move them

It happens to me sometimes when I get a bit carried away with my mouse clicks. I have to slow down & pay more attention.

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Every time I change my destop theme I have to rearrange all my icons to the way I want them. Is there a way to make them stay put?

A:Solved: xp desktop icons move


Are you just manually moving them around, or are you using the options provided on a rightclick on the desktop, as mentioned here:


Also, when you change to another theme, are you saving that theme, for when you want to swap to it?

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Change the computer's theme.

2. In the Display Properties dialog box, next to the theme menu, click Save as.

3. Enter a new name and click Save.
Click to expand...




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Hi,When i try to left click and drag an icon on my desktop to move to a different position the program launches instead.
Grateful for any help with this problem.

A:Can't move desktop icons, program launches instead

Quote: Originally Posted by tommytinkroom

Hi,When i try to left click and drag an icon on my desktop to move to a different position the program launches instead.
Grateful for any help with this problem.

Hey tommytinkroom....The only solution that comes in my mind for your issue...try a different mouse. Left click might be broken. Try it and let us know.

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My desktop Icons are locked in place. I move them to desire position and when I REFRESH the desktop, they return to previous position. They also change size after a reboot. Can someone assist me with this problem.

A:Win 7 64 dsktop ... Desktop Icons move and resize.

Hey mate,

This sounds annoying. I have had similar experiences when booting into Windows 7 with the monitor off, in which case Windows 7 assumes a particular resolution because it cannot communicate with the Monitor, and at other times as a result of manually changing the resolution.

I suggest that you download an excellent program called Fences:

Fences - Windows Desktop Organization Software

With Fences you can permanently arrange your desktop items, and when your resolution changes, Fences adjusts accordingly. This program won't benefit the size of the icons as such, but it will certainly help you to put the icons where you want, and more importantly "keep them there!".

Best of luck



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Hi All,

I have this very annoying problem, relating to windows 8.1 where upon start up the icons rearrange towards the top right hand side the screen.

It may happen from when I re-start the PC from standby, or if the screen saver has been activated, or even possibly upon a cold reboot.

I should mention, that Im using a 27" High DPI monitor (2560x1440) connected via Displayport. Ive also have enabled auto arrange icons/align icon to grid.

Lenovo Workstation E32
Screensaver is enabled
Intel/latest HaSwell CPU (I5) with built in graphics (displayport)

thanks for any input

A:desktop icons move, upon reboot/standby

Ive also have enabled auto arrange icons/align icon to grid.

You should disable Auto Arrange

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I have Windows 7 SP1 enterprise on my office machine and all of a sudden I am unable to move the desktop icons anymore. When I click on them I am able to select them but can't drag and drop, very weird behavior. Second time this happens. First time I rebooted
the PC to fix the issue. I am preparing an enterprise desktop image based on Win7 SP1 and need to make sure this issue doesn't happen to 15,000+ users!

A:Unable to move desktop icons in Windows 7

Hi Fadi.D,
Thanks for the post!
I susgest you enter into the Safe Mode to check if the issue persists.
Meanwhile, do a Clean Boot, disable the startup items and non-Microsoft services to find if there's any conflicts.
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your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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When I connect to my PC from my laptop via Remote Desktop, it moves all my icons. Is there any way to disable this?

A:Icons move after remote desktop connection

This probably happens from your laptop screen size being smaller/different than your desktop screen size, so it rearranges them all when you connect in order to display them on your smaller/different screen. Unfortunately, there's no way to prevent this that I know of other than connecting with a system of the same screen size.

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There are other discussions here about icons that move by themselves. Maybe the additional details I provide will help point to a solution.

I have 64-bit Windows 8.1 Update 1.

I divide my desktop icons into two groups. One group of icons is on the left side of my monitor and the other group is on the right side of my monitor. From time to time, some of my desktop icons on the right side move to the left side.

I have noticed the following:

* When I open a file to edit it - say, a Word document or a Notepad file - when I close the file, its icon sometimes moves from the right side of my monitor to the left side.

* Other times, file icons move by themselves without my doing anything to them. An icon that used to be on the right side is now on the left side. This seems to happen 'out of the blue' without any pattern.

* Icons move from the right side to the left side, but never from the left side to the right side.

* Only icons for Microsoft software are affected: MS Office, Windows utilities (Notepad, Wordpad) and desktop shortcuts.

* It seems that Windows 8.1 defaults to placing newly created icons on the left side of the monitor. For example: If I open MS Word, create a document, then save it, the file icon is always created on the left side of the monitor.

This may sound crazy, but judging from the above it seems that something is replacing Microsoft file icons with new, identical file icons which then move to the left side of the monitor because that's where all new ... Read more

A:Icons Like to Move to the Left Side of the Desktop

A solution would be to install a program like DesktopOK which remembers icon positions and will restore them when you want top. I use it on 8.1 and now 10.

I'm wondering if it's caused by something you are running, on purpose or by default. You could try doing a Clean Boot and see what happens:

Troubleshoot Problem with Clean Boot in Windows 8

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Win7 Pro x64, Default Aero interface

When sending a copy of something on the desktop to a USB flash drive or a folder on another drive using the context menu SendTo command, the command executes ok but when finished, the icons of the item(s) being sent move up about an inch. If multiple items have been sent they line up vertically. All of this destroys the arrangement on the desktop.

Note that Auto Arrange Icons & Align Icons to Grid are not checked.

Any ideas?


A:Desktop Icons Move after SendTo command

Install a program that remembers the desktop icon placement so if this happens, it's simple to restore them. I use DesktopOK. There are other programs that will do this as well.

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M93P SFF 10A90014US desktop PC. Would like to attach three monitors and display three discrete screens. According to the PSREF it is possible to do this with up to five displays. I have not been able to get this to work this way. I have spoken to technical support twice regarding this issue to no resolve. One support rep said I need an adaptor. Why? There are a total of 5 ports available for video, tried anyway, does not work. The other support rep said change a setting in the BIOS, when I tried that the setting does not exist.  Machine has Nvidea GT620 with one display port and one vga port. System board has 2 display ports and 1 vga port. PSREF says the machine can support up to 5 displays if using the installed video card along with the system board Intel video ports. Has anyone been successful with this setup? Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks...


Go to Solution.

A:Multiple Monitors On M93P SFF Desktop

Can you explain what the problem is, in detail?

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Currently, I run Windows 7 Pro on dual 24" monitors, and life is good.

In Win 8, if I open the desktop tile, I presume that the default action is to open the full-screen desktop app on just 1 of the 2 monitors. I'm guessing that the "Start" screen remains on the 2nd monitor.

Can I have the desktop app open, full screen, across both monitors? Can I have icons for my so-called legacy programs littered across both monitors like I have them on the Win 7 desktop? Just to clarify, I am NOT asking about having the background wallpaper extend across both monitors. I want the actual desktop application to extend across both monitors.

A:Desktop Tile Across Multiple Monitors

Yes, you can have the Desktop on both screens with the Taskbar on both where you can either pin certain things on each monitor or just the the Taskbar for separating windows on each screen. You can also have the Start Screen on one and Desktop on the other.

Taskbar - Hide or Show on Multiple Displays in Windows 8

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Hi, i have a question about win xp and multiple monitor support...i have gotten two monitors to work pretty well for twice the desktop space, but i was just wondering if there was a way to have different wallpapers on each or to adjust the way the screen saver behaves across the two screens. if anyone knows anything about this subject please tell me what you know...thanks a lot people!

A:multiple monitors different desktop wallpaper?

Hey, i havent found anything yet that says different backgrounds are a possibility, but i have found on solution to be just setting another picture as a desktop item...I still have no idea how to control the screen savers...

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Greetings everyone!

This is my very first post and I come with a question. I am looking into purchasing a refurb Dell 990 SFF for basic home usage (spreadsheets, word processing, internet...no gaming or graphic/audio intensive use). The onboard graphics and Displayport is an integrated Intel HD Graphics 2000 with a Displayport 1.1a output. I currently have a monitor with Displayport in but no Displayport out so I can daisy-chain. What is the best strategy for connecting second monitor? Is the native DP 1.1a out splittable for extended desktop? Do I need to buy a DP splitter external peripheral? I should note the additional output options include an old VGA out; all USBs are 2.o. Thanks in advance.

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I have three Lenovo Ideapad 330s, all bought at the same time running windows 10. Two work fine. All have auto arrange turned off. One, no matter what I do, when I turn the computer off and then turn it back on, my icons are moved around. I only have two lines of icons on the left side of the screen. Once, I ordered them the way I wanted, insured auto arrange was off, then restarted. When the desktop loaded back, some icons were way out in the middle of the screen, and others were on the left side, and others were around the middle but towards the bottom. It's almost like what happens if I run a full-screen game at a different resolution, and when I close it my desktop icons are moved around, but I'm only turning the computer off and back on, and I have the computer set at the default resolution and I've never changed it.

Why is it that if you get any two computers, exact same hardware, same setup, eventually one's going to act very different from the other?

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A maddening problem and one I can't work out.
I've always been able to move desktop icons around as needed or in groupings. I was clearing lots of un-needed icons tonight, and also clearing a crowded desktop by moving icons into a shortcut folder. There was one Word icon document I wanted to read first as I didn't think I would need to save it. It was nothing critical to the machine anyway. Well, it turned out to be something saved or to be opened by IE. I hate that damn browser and ran into the usual problem with things on IE. Namely, freeze ups and even hitting Cntrl/Alt/Delete wasn't much help. The damn thing sat there and then a message box kept opening telling me it would end program but never did so I did a hard shutdown. On reboot afterwards, I could not manually move the icons that were left. Grrrrr!

Oh well ... I have a cleaner desktop but damn it, right click on desktop doesn't give me the option to arrange manually.
What did I miss here?

Have XP with SP3

I'm certain someone here knows the answer.
Much Thanks in advance.

PS: Hope I have posted this in the correct place.

A:Solved: suddenly unable to move desktop icons

jayd, Right click your Desktop, choose Arrange Icons By and uncheck Auto arrange.


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To paint a picture of my setup...

[Monitor 1 (extended) - Left] [Monitor 2 (Primary) - Middle] [Monitor 3 (extended) - Right]

Monitor 1 is an extended desktop of Monitor 2 through a VGA cable.
Monitor 3 is an extended desktop of Monitor 2 through MaxiVista (over ethernet)

When I reboot, all my desktop icons which normally reside on the primary monitor 2 are shifted over to the left monitor.

Monitor 2 is setup as the primary so I am not sure why Windows keeps moving them over to the extended session.

I can't seem to find a related issue so maybe I'm using the wrong search terms.

A:Desktop Icons move to wrong monitor after reboot

I seem to remember that the order in which the monitors show up under the Display Properties -> Settings tab can cause stuff like that. Try dragging Monitor 2 to the left. Then, Monitor 1 mid and Monitor 3 right. This will not affect which monitor is primary. Once you make those changes and click OK, see if you can move the mouse between the monitors the way it should (i.e. moving the mouse off screen to the left from Monitor 2 should go to Monitor 1 and moving the mouse off screen to the right from Monitor 2 should go to Monitor 3). If that works properly, reboot and post the results.

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I have a Windows 8 tablet/ultrabook (Lenovo Yoga). I primarily use the desktop to operate and have many icons and shortcuts arranged to facilitate the use of my computer.

When I use my PC in tablet mode, sometimes I rotate the screen to read PDFs, certain webpages, etc. When I rotate the screen back to a horizontal mode, all my carefully placed icons and shortcuts are shuffled around the desktop. I realize that when I rotate the screen the icons move because they have to temporarily reorient themselves to portrait vs landscape, but shouldn't they return to their original position when I rotate the screen back to the horizontal mode?

Is there a way to lock icons in place with Windows 8?


A:Desktop icons move around when my Windows 8 screen rotates

Iconoid may help:

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Win7 stores desktop icons in two different folders:
C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop

This results in two groups of sorted icons on the desktop. I want to move all of the icons in the "C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop" to the "C:\Users\UserName\Desktop". This will result in ALL of the desktop icons being sorted.

I want to use a batch file to do the move. Then click on a desktop icon to run the batchfile. How can I do this?


The batch file I've come up with is named "movicons.bat" as follows:
rem @echo off
move "C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop\*.*" C:\Users\Dad\Desktop

I created a desktop shortcut named "MovIcons" with the target as:

But when I click that desktop icon, the icons are not moved. Need help to get it all working.


A:Batch file to move desktop icons so ALL are sorted.

I'm not quite sure what your goal is here.

Do you have duplicate icons on C:\Users\Dad\Desktop?

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Since upgrading to Win7 from WinXP, my dual monitor causes issues with my icons. I have a laptop as the primary (1280x800) and a flatpanel as the secondary (1280x1024). In the Setup, they are configured to be offset from one another so that the bottom of the flatpanel is higher than the bottom of the laptop (which means the top is much higher, given the sizes). The Laptop is the left monitor, and the flatpanel is on the right.

When I'm mousing around on the laptop, and go against the top-most edge, the icons start sliding down! Since the screen is full of icons, the lower-most icons completely disappear off the bottom of the screen. They seems to slide until my mouse has moved to the "logical" location of the other monitor, then they stop.

If I click any single icon and drag it to a new location, all the icons snap back to their original locations.

What is going on here!

A:Dual Monitors, Different Sizes; Icons scroll around on desktop

Are you sure it's not the whole desktop scrolling? You might have the laptop screen set to the wrong resolution, and your graphics card is scrolling the screen around.

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Hi everybody,
        I have a remote connection that I need to configure 2 monitors. Each of them must be showing a different window full time (a monitoring activity).
       In every forum that I visit, I have same answer: in Display tab of Remote Desktop Connection, tick "Use all my monitors for remote session".

       But when I'm connected (remotelly) to my host computer, I try to Maximize and/or increase my remote screen and nothing happens, just 1 remote screen in 1 monitor.
       In the Screen Resolution Configuration, it shows just 1 remote desktop (RDPDD Channel) monitor and I can't make any change about it.
     I also tried to change some Local Group Policies as showed in Tech Community Microsoft Blog "Using Multiple Monitors in Remote Desktop Session", in both sides, host computer
and client computer.

   And nothing happened, it seems that all different settings in Remote Desktop Connection on client computer doesn't take effect.
  Is that something that I'm missing?
PS: Sorry for not posting images and links (I'm not allowed by this platform yet).

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In common with many others I was horrified to find that Windows 7 pro, which advertised support for RDP, did not support multiple monitors. I needed Ultimate for that.

What's the story in Windows 10? Can I use RDP with multiple monitors in Windows 10 pro? And can I connect to a Windows 7 pro laptop using a dual monitor Windows 10 Pro desktop?



A:Remote desktop and multiple monitors in Windows 10

Originally Posted by TTT

In common with many others I was horrified to find that Windows 7 pro, which advertised support for RDP, did not support multiple monitors. I needed Ultimate for that.

What's the story in Windows 10? Can I use RDP with multiple monitors in Windows 10 pro? And can I connect to a Windows 7 pro laptop using a dual monitor Windows 10 Pro desktop?



At present I am running three monitors without a problem. . .having said that there is one fault and that is not being able to use a different picture/wallpaper on each monitor. To get around this problem I use Display Fusion ( I know there are some folks that just can't get over the fact that a third party program is needed to display separate wallpapers on each monitor. As to Remote desktop goes don't use it so I cannot comment on it's us. . .

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My mom has a 15" laptop and she likes to play games. Some of these games are old and start in full screen mode (easier for her to see it too). When she exits the game her icons are all moved around.

Is there any way to stop this from happening? Or any application/setting to "remember" icon positions and restore them?
(Note that the solution can not be "don't play in full screen mode".)

Thank you,


A:Full Screen Game(s) Move/Re-organize Desktop Icons

Icons will move around if the Display Resolution is being changed. Perhaps looking at the Resolution while the games are in full screen mode might be something to check. If you can set them the same as the normal resolution, it might help.

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I have a T61 Lenovo laptop with Mobile Internet 965 Express Chipset, Vista SP2. I have a second monitor, Envison, installed which I use to extend my desktop--laptop display on right, Envision monitor on left. Everything works just fine, however, whenever I shut down my system (sleep or hibernate or shut-down) and then power up again, the Envison monitor only displays my wallpaper and I need to re-establish it as my "extended desktop". This configuration worked fine under XP (with all the same hardware), but now it reverts back whenever I shut-down. Can this be fixed? Thanks.

A:How to retain extended desktop (Multiple monitors) across start-ups?

Weird.... Though i've not ran dual monitors on my laptop, just my desktop.

How are you connecting to the ENVISON monitor? vga or hdmi

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