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Window XP: Can not move icons on desktop

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Harold A. Climer, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Harold A. Climer

    Harold A. Climer Flightless Bird

    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
    Harold-Cimer@utc.edu
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    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
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002


    Harold A. Climer wrote:
    > 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...
     
  3. Harold A Climer

    Harold A Climer Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:27:45 -0400, "PA Bear [MS MVP]"
    <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote:

    >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
     
  4. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    cf.
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/msg/a6ce67ea810a7216

    Harold A Climer wrote:
    > On Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:27:45 -0400, "PA Bear [MS MVP]"
    > <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >> 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
     
  5. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Harold A Climer wrote:
    > On Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:27:45 -0400, "PA Bear [MS MVP]"
    > <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >> 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


    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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