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Windows 7: How to stop Windows 7 from writing desktop.ini files everywhere?

21 Nov 2011   #31
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Nope, old thread.

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17 Apr 2012   #32

windows 7 home premium 64bit
it's easy but complex

just locate c:\ and search "desktop.ini"

then delete this file from personal folders (example: backups, personal data folders, etc.)

and, save your personal data in a folder called year-month, for example: "2012-april" and subfolders. that's the way you can easy make a backup to a CD/DVD.

and you donīt worry about the file desktop.ini in the folders "windows, users, program files, program data, etc", because it will always be about 100 bytes.
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06 Jul 2012   #33

Windows 7 amd64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sourcerer View Post
For some reason I'm quite certain that Microsoft could've come up with a more elegant solution to folder customization than having a hidden system file in every folder.
It could be an NTFS folder attribute I guess. Also there is the registry where you can store pretty much everything.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
I'm with Deacon. Why do you want to the view the hidden files at all times? They're hidden for a reason as they can pose security threats. If you need to view them, is it that hard to click 'Show hidden files'?
Hidden files are hidden so that the incompetent don't screw things up. After an installation its one of the first things enable (also in TC). Furthermore a lot of files are hidden pointlessly

Anyway my solution was to change the view to detailed in the C:\ root. and then in the folder settings I chose apply to all files of the type. Which is good for me because I always prefer the detailed view. After this by guessing what windows mean by type in this occasion did the same in the images, videos and music folder. So far so good.
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