Jamie O’Connell has a small application that saves time and minimizes frustrations. The application saves your desktop, in the configuration that you like. If anything disrupts that order, it is possible to fix the problem easily:
“…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 and Windows XP.
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…”
link: Desktop Restore
It seems to work on Vista, too. This is freeware. It just needs a reboot after installing. Thanks, Jamie.