If you are facing the issue that Windows 10 desktop icons moving by themselves or rearranging after rebooting, then you are at the right place because this post will tell you how to resolve this issue. You can read this post written by MiniTool to get the methods.

In most cases, the “Windows 10 desktop icons moving” issue seems to be caused by an outdated driver for the video card, faulty video card or outdated, corrupted or incompatible drivers, corrupt user profile, corrupt Icon Cache, etc. Let’s see how to fix it with the below-listed troubleshooting steps.

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How to Fix the “Windows 10 Desktop Icons Moving” Issue

Method 1: Disable Align Icons to Drid

The first method is to disable align icons to fix the “Windows 10 desktop icons moving” issue. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Right-click the empty space on the desktop, then select View and uncheck Align icons to grid.

Step 2: If not, then uncheck Auto arrange icons from the View option and everything will work out.

Reboot your PC and see if the “desktop icons rearranged after rebooting” issue has been fixed. If not, try the next method.

Method 2: Change the Icon View

Then you can try changing the icon view to fix the “Windows 10 desktop icons moving” issue. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Right-click the empty space on the desktop, then select View and change the view from your currently selected view to any other. Here I take changing Medium icons as an example.

select View and change the view from your currently selected view

Step 2: Now select the previously selected view again. For example, you should select the Medium icons again.

Step 3: Next, select Small icons in the View option and you would immediately see the changes in the icon on the desktop.

Then, if your desktop icons is still rearranged after rebooting. If yes, move to the next methods.

Method 3: Uncheck Allow Themes to Change Desktop Icons

This method is to uncheck allow themes to change desktop icons.

Step 1: Right-click the empty area on Desktop, then select Personalize.

Step 2: Navigate to the Themes tab and then click Desktop icon settings.

click Desktop icon settings

Step 3: Then uncheck the Allow themes to change desktop icons option.

Step 4: Click OK and click Apply.

Reboot your PC to save changes and see if the “Windows 10 desktop icons moving issue” still exists.

Method 4: Update Display Drivers (Graphic Card)

Here is the last method for you. You can update display drivers to fix the issue.

Step 1: Press the Windows key + R key to open the Run box, then type devmgmt.msc and click OK to open Device Manager.

Step 2: Then expand Display adapters and right-click your Nvidia Graphic Card and select Enable.

Step 3: Right-click your Nvidia Graphic Card again and select Update driver.

Step 4: Select Search automatically for updated driver software and let it finish the process.

If the above steps can’t fix your issue, you should continue.

Step 5: Select Update driver again, but this time select Browse my computer for driver software on the next screen.

Step 6: Then select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

Step 7: At last, select the compatible driver from the list for your Nvidia Graphic Card and click Next.

Then the the “Windows 10 desktop icons moving” issue should be fixed. If you encounter other issue, such as Windows 10 desktop icons is missing, you can read this post - 8 Ways to Fix Windows 10 Desktop Icons Missing and Recover Data.

Final Words

This post provides the methods to fix the “Windows 10 desktop icons moving” issue. If you encounter the same issue, you can try the methods one by one.

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