Desktop Restore

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Desktop Restore: DesktopRestoreInstall.exe (Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1)

Note: New dual mode installer.  Contains x64 and x86 versions.  It will install the appropriate version for your OS.  Tested under Win 7 and Win 8.1, but may also work on earlier versions of Windows.
Desktop Icon Save and Restore
Version 1.6.4 - [07/12/14]
Platform Windows 7, Win 8, Win 8.1
File Size 571K bytes
License Freeware
Author Jamie O'Connell
Description Save and restore the layout of the Windows desktop icons.

 

OLDER VERSIONS:

Desktop Restore: DeskInstU.msi (Win XP, 2000, Vista, Win 7)

Note: .msi files are associated with MS Windows Installer.  Just double-click on the .msi file after downloading.  If you have an x64 OS, you must install the 64 bit version (below).

Desktop Icon Save and Restore
Version 1.6.3 - [11/12/10]
Platform Windows 2000, XP, VISTA, Win 7
File Size 248K bytes
License Freeware
Author Jamie O'Connell
Description Save and restore the layout of the Windows desktop icons.

Desktop Restore - 64 Bit: DesktInst64.msi (Windows XP 64, Vista 64, Win 7 x64)

Desktop Icon Save and Restore
Version 1.6.3 - [11/12/10]
Platform Windows XP 64, Vista 64, Win 7 x64
File Size 182K bytes
License Freeware
Author Jamie O'Connell

Console Command Line: DTCMD.ZIP (Win XP, 2000 , Vista, XP x64, Vista x64, Win 7 x64)

Desktop Icon Save and Restore Command
Version 1.6.3 - [11/12/10]
Platform Windows 2000, XP, Vista, XP x64, Vista x64, Win 7 x64
File Size 104K bytes
License Freeware
Author Jamie O'Connell
 By popular request, this is a command line version of Desktop Restore.
 The ZIP includes both 32 and 64 bit versions.

Desktop Restore -  DeskInst.msi (Windows 98, ME)

Desktop Icon Save and Restore
Version 1.5.6 - [04/26/08]
Platform Windows 98, ME
File Size 94K bytes
License Freeware
Author Jamie O'Connell

Older 9x Version: (1.3.7): DSREX.EXE   (Windows 98, ME)

Note: Older version is buggy.  Only use for Win 9x platform.

 

I wrote this program after severe frustration of having my layout trashed every time I switched screen resolutions.  Sometimes other programs will switch screen size and trash your layout as well.  This program is an answer to this problem, and I thought other people might find it useful too.

TIP: Even with Desktop restore installed, does Windows seem to scramble your icons now every time you reboot, or press F5 to refresh?  If so, after you restore your icons the way you want them, manually move one icon a space or two over and then move it back.  After that Windows should remember their placement for a much longer time.

Programming:  I have some notes regarding the techniques behind coding Desktop Restore [Updated: 01/08/08].

Contact: Please direct all requests, bug reports and comments to the Desktop Restore area of the MIDI-OX Forum.

First Impression: Good
chip.de First Impression: Very Good

 

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email: webmaster@_REMOVE_midiox.com
This page was last modified on 07/14/14

This tiny application operates as a Shell extension.  It records the layout and positions of icons and programs on the Windows Desktop, and permits restoration of the layout.  It appears to operate correctly under Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.