After upgrading their computers to the Creators Update, Windows 10 users from all across the globe have been complaining about their Desktop icons misbehaving in various ways. From icon arrangement changing spontaneously, icon arrangement being messed up every time a new file is saved to Desktop and icon positions being changed whenever a user tries to place an icon in any corner of the screen to icon arrangement being changed whenever a file or icon on the Desktop is renamed and users not being able to place icons right above the Start button, desktop icons have been quite wonky post-Creators Update.
Most users believe that, regardless of whether these issues actually are issues or are simply features of the Creators Update, desktop icons’ behavior post-Creators Update is the result of the Desktop Icon Placement Improvements that are included in the update. Here’s how Microsoft describes the Desktop Icon Placement Improvements that the Creators Update brings:
“Windows now more intelligently rearranges and scales desktop icons when you switch between different monitors and scaling settings, seeking to preserve your custom icon layout rather than scrambling them.”
These Desktop Icon Placement Improvements are part of the Creators Update and not just an option that it brings, so they can’t be disabled to determine whether or not they actually are the reason why desktop icons are misbehaving for tons of Windows 10 users post-update. Thankfully, though, misbehaving desktop icons post-Creators Update can be fixed, in most cases, if you simply:
- Right-click on an empty space on your Desktop.
- Hover over View.
- You will see that the “Align icons to grid” option is enabled. Uncheck the “Align icons to grid” option to disable
- Repeat steps 1 and 2.
- Check the “Align icons to grid” option to enable As soon as you do so, the icons on your Desktop should no longer misbehave.
While this solution takes care of this problem for most affected users, for many it merely fixes the problem until the next reboot, and those users need to repeat this solution every single time they boot their computers up in order to keep their desktop icons from misbehaving. If you are sick of this problem returning every single time your computer reboots, you still have one way out – to roll your computer back to the previous Windows 10 build that you were using, and to wait there for Microsoft to either fix this problem or somehow make desktop icon arrangement on the Creators Update better.
Rolling back to the Windows 10 build you were previously using is actually pretty easy, provided that it hasn’t been 30 days since you installed the Creators Update. If you are past the 30-day mark, your computer will have deleted the installation files required for the rollback. To roll back to the Windows 10 build that you were previously using, you need to:
- Open the Start Menu.
- Click on Settings.
- Click on Update & Security.
- Click on Recovery in the left pane.
- In the right pane, click on Get started under the Go back to an earlier build
- Follow the onscreen instructions all the way through to the end, at which point your computer will be successfully rolled back to the Windows 10 build that you were using before you upgraded to the Creators Update.