It also removes the anxiety if you can restore the original desktop layout.
Try this, which adds Save/Restore Desktop Icon Layout to the context menu of
the Recycle Bin: http://discuss.pcmag.com/forums/thread/385101003.aspx
see third message there for how to install. It works fine with Vista.
Look for LAYOUT.DLL and LAYOUT.REG in layout.zip from the MS Windows NT 4.0
If somewhere there is an option to run as administrator, take it.
When restoring your icon layout, icons sometimes "bump into each other", so
you may have to restore twice or thrice in quick succession to get a perfect
restore. I can't imagine being without this. Doug
"Gaylin" <Gaylin@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> I've had my new Dell and Vista Home Premium for a couple of weeks. I've
> carefully arranged about 20 desktop icons in related groupings. But this
> morning when I turned on the computer, they were all lined up along the
> hand side. Can anyone tell me what happened and how to lock them where I
> want them. I tried "Search" but it didn't help.
> Thank you.