Having fences installed could be causing this issue of being unable to drag desktop icons around.  Try uninstalling fences and see if that fixes the problem.  If it does not then follow below steps. windows 8.1 desktop icons drag fix 1. Right-click the start-button and select System. 2. Select Advanced System Properties. 3. Click Performance. 4. Change the setting for visual to anything that it’s not currently set to.