Window XP: Can not move icons on desktop


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Harold A. Climer

I am sorry to bother you folks again, but besides not
being able to do a restore, now I can not arrange the icons on the
desktop; they will not move and stay where I put them. They jump back
to the original position.
I have Auto Arrange and Align to Grid unchecked and it still does not
work. Also I noticed that arrange in groups is grayed out.
As suggested by someWebsite information I used the task manager to run
exploder.exe. to see if the same thing happens to files when displayed
as icons, The arrange in groups was no longer grayed out but I still
could not arrange the files by hand.
Harold A Climer
Dept. Of Physics Geology, and Astronomy
U.T, Chattanooga
Rm. 406A Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building
615 McCallie Ave. Chattanooga TN 37403
(e-mail address removed)
 
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Harold A Climer

You have "exploder.exe" on your computer? What kinda Physics Department are
you running down there?

See my reply to your previous thread - you may have a hijackware infection
on your hands:
http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/browse_frm/thread/23e93b534a2ff99e

Judging from another post of yours (25 Jan-10), your Vista computer may be
infected, too:
http://groups.google.com/group/micr...ta.general/browse_frm/thread/6f9460ce5b0ca449

I found out how to fix the icon problem in an old post from 2004. All
I had to do is press the Insert key on the keyboard and then I could
move the icons to any place I wanted.
Still can not do a system restore though.
BTW the XP computer is my own computer at home and I thought all
Windows computers came with explorer.exe
My Vista computer's problem was a conflict between the latest version
of Zone Alarm Pro and Norton Anti Virus.
Harold A Climer
Department Of Physics,Geology & Astronomy
U.T Chattanooga
RM 406A EMCS Building
615 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga TN 37493
 
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Daave

Harold said:
I found out how to fix the icon problem in an old post from 2004. All
I had to do is press the Insert key on the keyboard and then I could
move the icons to any place I wanted.
Still can not do a system restore though.
BTW the XP computer is my own computer at home and I thought all
Windows computers came with explorer.exe
My Vista computer's problem was a conflict between the latest version
of Zone Alarm Pro and Norton Anti Virus.
Harold A Climer
Department Of Physics,Geology & Astronomy
U.T Chattanooga
RM 406A EMCS Building
615 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga TN 37493

exploder or explorer? (In your original post, you said exploder.)

Are you aware that both Zone Alarm and Norton interfere with Windows XP
System Restore? See:

http://bertk.mvps.org/html/srfail.html

You should be able to run System Restore in Safe Mode with command
prompt:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449

But wanting to run System Restore implies something is wrong with your
PC. What specifically is wrong with it?

OK, I just saw your other thread. Unfortunately, voltage spikes are
dangerous to a PC's components, especially the motherboard. If this PC
is important to you, you may need to pay a tech to check it out.
Otherwise, this page should help:

http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Hardware_Tshoot

Hopefully your hardware is not damaged. (You need to confirm this,
though.) If you're lucky, System Restore will solve your Maple 11
problem. Otherwise, you should reinstall it. (I am aware of the hassle
involved. Of course, the hassle could have been easily avoided in the
first place with an uninterruptible power supply and a sound backup
strategy -- preferably, regularly created images of your hard drive).
 

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