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thanatoid
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 7:54 am    Post subject: Desktop Icons Position
Archived from groups: comp>os>ms-windows>misc, others (more info?)

Hello and sorry to interrupt the flow...

I've asked this before, and never got an answer. Maybe NO ONE
knows.
All I got was links to WinTidy. I am aware of its existence, was
before, and also know of other programs which handle this
problem.

The QUESTION I would like answered - NO LINKS TO PROGRAMS WHICH
TAKE CARE OF IT PLEASE - is WHERE IN THE WORLD does Windows
store the desktop icon position information???

I have looked everywhere and I can not find it. It has to be
SOMEWHERE, right? One would think registry, but I must have
looked at every damn key and value and I can't find it.

W H E R E ???!?!
W H E R E ???!?!

Someone PLEASE tell me.

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Ron Badour1
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 11:45 am    Post subject: Re: Desktop Icons Position [Login to view extended thread Info.]
Archived from groups: microsoft>public>win98>display>general (more info?)

Adding an icon to the desktop created a change in these two keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Description\Microsoft\Rpc\UuidPersistentData\LastTimeAllocated

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Desktop\ViewView2

The second key looks like a good bet to me; however, there is a ton of data
listed and I don't have the inclination to try to figure it out what it
means Smile

If you are going to do any serious poking around in the registry, you need a
program like RegView: http://www.regview.com/regview/

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Ron Badour, MS MVP for W98
Tips: http://home.satx.rr.com/badour
Knowledge Base Info:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=kbinfo



"thanatoid" wrote in message

> Hello and sorry to interrupt the flow...
>
> I've asked this before, and never got an answer. Maybe NO ONE
> knows.
> All I got was links to WinTidy. I am aware of its existence, was
> before, and also know of other programs which handle this
> problem.
>
> The QUESTION I would like answered - NO LINKS TO PROGRAMS WHICH
> TAKE CARE OF IT PLEASE - is WHERE IN THE WORLD does Windows
> store the desktop icon position information???
>
> I have looked everywhere and I can not find it. It has to be
> SOMEWHERE, right? One would think registry, but I must have
> looked at every damn key and value and I can't find it.
>
> W H E R E ???!?!
> W H E R E ???!?!
>
> Someone PLEASE tell me.
>
> --
> thanatoid-Tip® #22
> Give yourself until about 30. If things don't get rolling by
> then,
> consider saving yourself another 40 years of pain and misery.
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thanatoid
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 8:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Desktop Icons Position [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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"Ron Badour" wrote in


> Adding an icon to the desktop created a change in these two
> keys:
>
> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Description\Microsoft\Rpc\UuidPe
> rsistentData\LastTimeAllocated
>
> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
> Explorer\Streams\Desktop\ViewView2
>
> The second key looks like a good bet to me; however, there
> is a ton of data listed and I don't have the inclination to
> try to figure it out what it means Smile
>
> If you are going to do any serious poking around in the
> registry, you need a program like RegView:
> http://www.regview.com/regview/
>

Thank you for your reply.

I use 95B and 98SE and there is no Desktop subcategory under
Streams. Still, your reply was the nicest I have received so
far.

I'll try regview, I've thought about it before. I have two
good registry cleaners/defraggers and they usually took care
of things very well - this is just a question, not a problem.

Regards,
t.

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then, consider saving yourself another 40 years of pain and
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Ron Badour1
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Since: Apr 15, 2004
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 8:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Desktop Icons Position [Login to view extended thread Info.]
Archived from groups: per prev. post (more info?)

RegView is a program that takes a snapshot of your registry. You can then
make changes to settings, etc., and then run RegView again. It then
compares the current registry to the snapshot and lists the changes that
were made to the registry.

--
Regards


Ron Badour, MS MVP for W98
Tips: http://home.satx.rr.com/badour
Knowledge Base Info:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=kbinfo



"thanatoid" wrote in message

> "Ron Badour" wrote in
>
>
>> Adding an icon to the desktop created a change in these two
>> keys:
>>
>> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Description\Microsoft\Rpc\UuidPe
>> rsistentData\LastTimeAllocated
>>
>> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
>> Explorer\Streams\Desktop\ViewView2
>>
>> The second key looks like a good bet to me; however, there
>> is a ton of data listed and I don't have the inclination to
>> try to figure it out what it means Smile
>>
>> If you are going to do any serious poking around in the
>> registry, you need a program like RegView:
>> http://www.regview.com/regview/
>>
>
> Thank you for your reply.
>
> I use 95B and 98SE and there is no Desktop subcategory under
> Streams. Still, your reply was the nicest I have received so
> far.
>
> I'll try regview, I've thought about it before. I have two
> good registry cleaners/defraggers and they usually took care
> of things very well - this is just a question, not a problem.
>
> Regards,
> t.
>
> --
> thanatoid-Tip® #22
> Give yourself until about 30. If things don't get rolling by
> then, consider saving yourself another 40 years of pain and
> misery.
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thanatoid
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 3:30 am    Post subject: Re: Desktop Icons Position [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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"Ron Badour" wrote in


> RegView is a program that takes a snapshot of your
> registry. You can then make changes to settings, etc., and
> then run RegView again. It then compares the current
> registry to the snapshot and lists the changes that were
> made to the registry.
>

Thanks again. I have DL'd it and will give it a try. I would
really like to find out. It's been bugging me for about ten
years (!).

Sounds like a useful program generally, but ever since I got
Acronis True Image free on a British computer magazine cover
disc, I have basically stopped worrying about anything going
wrong and the dozens of programs and hours of work necessary
to make it right again.

Best wishes,
t.

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then, consider saving yourself another 40 years of pain and
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tox



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Desktop Icons Position [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Have a look at HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Shell/Bags/1/Desktop

I had a problem with icons rearranging on logout. The above key was not readable, some corruption that stopped the positions being written back to the registry. I recreated the NTUSER.dat file and now icons stay put!
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