Quote: Originally Posted by Sourcerer
so I have issues about hidden files (I always want to see them), and I'm particularly annoyed by this desktop.ini file. As if it wasn't enough that there is one in almost every folder, in Windows 7 there are TWO of them on my desktop!
Also, Windows 7 is always trying to burn/write that file on every removable media I have, including USB memory sticks, external hard drives, CD's, DVD's (and the fact that they aren't rewritable and have been burned and closed by the factory doesn't seem to stop it from getting that file ready to be written to disc), etc. Am I the only one thinking this is insane?
My question is simple - how do I stop Windows 7 from ever creating another one of these files again (that is, until next reinstall or some such thing, I'm just trying to be dramatic)?
Yes, I know I will lose some customization functions, but the fact is - I don't need them (which is why I want to see hidden files - to delete them if I don't need them). I know what's in what folder, thank you very much. And yes, I know I can go to Control Panel and set it to not show hidden files, but that's exactly what I don't want.
So, just show me which option to un-check and I'll be happy and I'll buy you some e-beer.
The answer is simple. The reason you are seeing 'desktop.ini' everywhere in Windows 7
is because you have unchecked the 'Hide protected operating system files (recommended)'
box in the 'View' tab on the 'Folder Options' window. Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
To fix it, click on the Windows logo in the bottom left corner of the screen, click on
'Control Panel', click on 'Folder Options', click on 'View' tab, check the 'Hide protected
operating system files (recommended)' box, click on 'Apply' before clicking on 'OK' to
That should solve the problem. Even with the 'Hide protected operating system files
(recommended)' box checked, you can still set 'Hidden files and folders' to 'Show hidden
files, folders and drives' if you still want to access hidden files and folders on your
As an example, I too had the 'desktop.ini' file in the root directory on virtual drive S:
(which is actually 'C:\Users\****\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup'
directory), and when I checked on the 'Hide protected operating system files (recommended)'
box, the 'desktop.ini' file just disappeared from view, but I am still able to see hidden
files and hidden folders and open them too.
Hope that helps.