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Windows 7: How to hide desktop.ini on desktop?


10 Mar 2010   #1
mmo

2x Windows 7
 
 
How to hide desktop.ini on desktop?

On my system I have configured Explorer such, that it displays hidden and system files.
Since I did that, I see two desktop.ini files on my desktop.

How can I hide those (just on the desktop)? And why are there two desktop.ini files displayed?

Michael

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10 Mar 2010   #2
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Open an explorer window, click on Organise > Folder and Search options > view. If the red marked box is unchecked, check it.

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide


However, there should be only one desktop.ini file. If it reproduces, and begins to spread in other system folders, and accompanied with others like recycle.bin etc, get a malware /virus scan as early as possible.


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10 Mar 2010   #3

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

I like to see the hidden system files, so I don't want ALL of them hidden and could find no way to just hide these two.

OK, so maybe I did the wrong thing ... but I just deleted them.

Been two weeks now -- no Ill effects that I notice.
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10 Mar 2010   #4

windows 7
 
 

you could always hide desktop icon's.. not sure the consequences for deleteing them, but they may return. system files usually do.
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02 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have a desktop.ini file appearing in every single folder of my machine and I want them hidden. I need to have hidden system files displayed so I can't use that option in Windows Explorer.

Someone suggested that having a desktop.ini file in folders other than the desktop is a symptom of malware however, in my case at least, I doubt that because if I read the content of the file it shows harmless items:
Quote:
[.ShellClassInfo]
LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21779
InfoTip=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-12688
IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-113
IconFile=%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll
IconIndex=-236
I should add this never happened with Vista Ultimate despite my having hidden system files displayed.

Ideally, it would be wonderful if Microsoft could make it possible to hide individual files and/or file types.
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08 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 7leagueboot View Post
Ideally, it would be wonderful if Microsoft could make it possible to hide individual files and/or file types.
They did! But you have it set to show hidden files....so you want a third option but of course you would turn that off to...When will it stop? Do they need 10 levels of different "hidden" flags for folders and files? There are currently two flags that control the hidden-ness "Hidden" and "System" (System must be combined with Hidden to actually hide).

Now this begs the question. Why do you need to see hidden system files all the time?
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08 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Why do you need to see hidden system files all the time?
Because I need access to the content of the System32 folder, more specifically the shell32.dll and hosts files.

I discovered that the problem is not with Windows Explorer but Xplorer2. The programmer has decided that there should be no difference between hidden and system files, either they are hidden or they are not. Users of this program have asked him to change that and at least respect the way Microsoft configured it but he won't.
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08 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

"C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll" is not hidden
"C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts" is not hidden

Neither of those files require the setting in question to be disabled. So as you pointed out. The problem is not this setting but the fact that you are using a third-party viewer. Simple enough.

Btw, the only system files that have both system and hidden are desktop.ini files, and special files that reside outside of C:\Windows. Like the User's registry (NTUSER.DAT) Other then that most if not all system files are not hidden. (Unless you use third-party clients but that is unsupported to begin with.)
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08 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Regretfully, despite several 3rd party Windows Explorer replacements being made available, Microsoft still has not understood that dual pane viewers are what most people want/require. This is one of the main reasons I never use Windows Explorer.
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08 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Well if "most" people wanted that, it would have been implemented. But sadly on the internet "most" is actually the minority when it comes to the user base of Windows. Its a hard pill to swallow for us tech geeks, but the normal people out number us greatly. And they get the royal treatment first.
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