The more you read about this the sooner you realize that you can't count on the icons sticking in place. The sooner you figure out that this OS doesn't keep the positions locked down the sooner you will look for software to fill in this void.
Something like http://www.google.com/search?q=xp+icon+lock+position finds prior discussions on this.
what exactly keeps the positions of the icons on the desktop ?
Unlike many people who prefers to choose the seIf organize icons , I am used to arrange the icons unto the desktop so that it forms a layout. However it happens sometimes for instance when a op. system crash occurs that my neat icons layout gets lost , what means that I have the hard job to rearrange it. Up to last week (when I had to reinstall Windows xp) I had installed a program that stored the icons position and put them all back to the right place when necessary. My question is :
what keeps the position of the icons on the desktop ? is it stored in a dll or in some file that could be backed up in another folder with the purpose to rewrite the original system file as the layout gets lost to set the icons layout back ?
Thank you very much for your attention.