desktop icons messed up after taskkill / start explorer.exe

I am new to Windows 7 and want to play Age Of Empires 2. The game has graphical issues (wrong colors) in Vista and especially 7 (something to do with aero?).

I have found a solution to fix that issue with the game using this batch file:

taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe
Start explorer.exe

It kills the taskbar (?) then starts the game and restarts the task bar after the game quits.

The problem is: when it restarts the taskbar, all the icons on my desktop are completely rearranged and also resized to large. Is there a way to keep them in the same layout and settings as they are before I use that batch file?

Thank you.
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    Hello Maiki,

    This is the Windows shell (desktop, file browser, taskbar etc), closing it is not recommended. This program draws the taskbar and colorful user interface you see while using Windows. If you stop this process the taskbar will disappear, and will likely reboot everything on the desktop.

    If you have a Graphics Issue, this would likely be a driver problem. Are you sure you are using the correct driver for your PC? Or should I say that your Graphic Card can support the game?

    Check this site as this shows the minimum requirements for the game.
  2. Hi,

    It is the original Age Of Empires 2 not the remake. Certainly not an issue with GPU performance or driver. I tried various compatibility settings to launch the game but they do not work.
  3. Oops. Sorry about that, didn't know :P

    Anyways, what Graphic Card you are using? And what PC are you using? What is the model and brand.
  4. OK. One possible solution I have found: use Icon Configuration Utility. I added extra line into the batch file where I call this program to restore the desktop icons. Just remember to turn off aligning to grid before you save the layout otherwise it will not likely work properly.
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