Windows 7 window location, size not remembered


New Member
I upgraded Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate with no problems - except for an annoying problem that the window size and location is not remembered for an app on the desktop when I restart the program. Even when I simply minimize the program, e.g. IE or Outlook, when I restore the program after minimizing, the window is all over the place. What can I do to force the desktop to remember the configuration of the window?

If it happens with any window then it sounds like an upgrade issue.

Try Control Panel > Folder options > Restore Defaults. If it doesn't help, create a new user account.


I've never had this problem, but a lot of people have. And it looks like there is no 1 common fix working for all.

Can we get a straight answer - Windows does not remember window size and position - Bug or by design? Workaround?

ShellFolderFix Remembers Window Locations in Windows 7 - How-To Geek

technet said:
1. Open Registry.
2. Find the following keys.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU

3. Delete the keys.
Please check if the issue persists.
If it reoccurs, I suggest that you use ShellExView.


New Member
Windows window issue

If it happens with any window then it sounds like an upgrade issue.
Indeed it must be. I deleted the two Registry keys and it had no (noticeable) effect. Sheesh.


New Member
Now, to my amazement all the other windows are fine. But Outlook will not remember anything unless I use the Menu>File>Exit selection. But then when I minimize and restore it is all over the screen. It does keep the same size, however. Even when I maximize and use the File>Exit it does not open maximized and at random locations. It would be amusing if it weren't so frustrating. I must minimize and restore Outlook 30 times a day.

Actually not so bad if it is Outlook only.


New Member
Aha! I figured it out. When I upgraded to Windows 7, the Outlook setting of Hide When Minimized made the Outlook taskbar button blank. So each time I clicked on the Outlook button I was starting a new occurrence of Outlook. This did not show up because the hidden running occurrences (not the word, but I can't remember what-u-call-it) did not produce a warning or notification that one was already running like some programs. So this is a problem that should be addressed. The Hide When Minimized can make a total mess when running Windows 7 and the option of combining the taskbar buttons is selected... the default I think.

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