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What Would Cause Desktop Icons To Bunch Together?

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    What Would Cause Desktop Icons To Bunch Together?

    At boot up this morning all my desktop icons has bunched together - so much so that the accompanying text was obscured, even if I made them larger which rendered them useless.

    A reboot cured the situation but it's a bizarre thing that I haven't encountered before.

    I wonder if any of you have any thoughts as to what caused it?

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    Re: What Would Cause Desktop Icons To Bunch Together?

    Cant welcome you, since you been around a while, so Ill star with a hope I can help

    There are two causes for this a change in screen resolution or malware/virus.
    First if the disarray bothers you, this software will do the trick
    Stardock.com - Your Edge In Software

    If you are concerned about the problem, I would:
    Run a full scan antivirus.
    Download and make a full updated scan with malwarebytes
    Check the driver for your monitor and graphics.
    Run an SFC scan.
    If everything is negative, it was probably a one shot deal, with a multitude of reasons (but most likely the reason were caused by change in screen resolution)
    Thanks for asking us for help, after all the help that you have given others.

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    Re: What Would Cause Desktop Icons To Bunch Together?

    Thanks, already did all that and your last suggestion seems the one, a one shot deal. Simply a glitch.

    It was just that I hadn't seen it happen before and thought it was rather bizarre.

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    Re: What Would Cause Desktop Icons To Bunch Together?

    I understand where you are coming from The most important thing at this point is to make sure it is not malware or Virus.
    I think it was a small problem with the resolution, make sure all applicable drivers are up to date.
    Glad that I could be here just to reassure if nothing else.

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    Re: What Would Cause Desktop Icons To Bunch Together?

    I recently had problems updating the nVidia drivers and had to roll back, could be a connection there. It's not malware, am absolutely sure of that.

    When it was in that state I checked the resolution and the settings were normal and everything except the icons was displaying as it should.

    I'll run a full scan using MalwareBytes Free again just in case.

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    Re: What Would Cause Desktop Icons To Bunch Together?

    If not malware, its a resolution problem and the driver can definately be the cause. If you were using a new driver I would be fairly certain that the driver was the primary cause. Since, you are using a driver that has served you faithfully for a while, by the symptoms, I do not think its the driver, but it is a definite possiblity.
    I am trying to give you the same advice that I would take, in your situation. If it were mine, I would do nothing, unless it happend again. If it did, I would follow this article, as my first step.
    Laptop Screen Resolution Problems | eHow.com

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    Re: What Would Cause Desktop Icons To Bunch Together?

    Thanks guys.

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    Re: What Would Cause Desktop Icons To Bunch Together?

    WinTidy, will also help prevent the problem
    icons moving
    WinTidy 2.0: Download It Here - WinTidy 2 | PCMag.com
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...windows-vista/
    This indicates that it could be registry, but again, I doubt it in your case
    http://aspencomputerservices.com/blo...ve-this-a-try/

    Also, if you choose to align to grid the problem should come to an end.

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    Re: What Would Cause Desktop Icons To Bunch Together?

    Thanks. I think it was a one off. It was more a problem with desktop icons wrongly displaying as they were actually covering their accompanying text and if you clicked one nothing would happen as several highlighted at once.

    I think it was simply a one-time glitch in the desktop rendering engine if there is such a thing.

    I've always had Align to Grid checked but not Auto Arrange.

    Put it down to the weather...might as well!!

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    Re: What Would Cause Desktop Icons To Bunch Together?

    Strangely, after all this time, it finally happened again and reboot took care of it. I'm blaming the graphics card drivers. (Nvidia).

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