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

21 Nov 2011   #31
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Nope, old thread.


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17 Apr 2012   #32
ctorresjjj

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
avada

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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02 Sep 2014   #34
Sunhammer

win 7 home x64
 
 

I know this is a really old thread, but nobody answered the question of "Why show hidden files at all?"

Minecraft. (just one example)

For you snobs asking "They are hidden on purpose, why do you want access to ALL the files on the computer you payed hundreds of dollars for anyway?"

If you want to install resource packs and such for Minecraft you need access to the "appdata/roaming" folder for your user name. Please open windows explorer and go there now. If you are unsure where this is, go to your c:/ then "users" then <your login name> then "appdata" then "roaming". I'll wait.

What? You couldn't find it? Well, then you cannot join the minecraft community on such-and-such server because you cannot install the graphics pack for that community. Nor can you install any of the HD resource packs that massively improve the look of mincraft.

And that is just one example. Almost every program on your computer has a folder in appdata/roaming...

And some of you seem to suffer from the misunderstanding that just because it is hidden from view it cannot be accessed. The Google Redirect Virus hides itself in that folder... why? because you don't even know that folder exists. None of the anti virus softwares work against it because the first thing it does is corrupt your antivirus software and make changes to your firewall that you cannot simply "undo". You have to go in manually and find the parts and scrub them... in the appdata/roaming folder that is hidden not so viruses can't break it, but so uninformed users cannot break it.

I hope that these 2 examples out of hundreds illustrate why people who do more with their computers than just use a couple of programs to socialize might want access to "hidden files"... especially ones that are hidden for no really good reason.

OP, sorry that I could answer THAT question without being able to answer your question. I forget who said it, but as far as the desktop.ini that show on your desktop... yea, try setting your desktop folder to only show icons (which is all it does anyway). Make sure to do it in all the different locations. This usually, but not always helps. You might want to set the file view globally to "just icons" and then manually set each folder that you really need thumbnails in... this might, just might, stop desktop.ini from queuing up when you write data somewhere.
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02 Sep 2014   #35
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Sunhammer which snobs are you referring to. It's hard to tell on a 2 year old thread.

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For you snobs asking "They are hidden on purpose, why do you want access to ALL the files on the computer you payed hundreds of dollars for anyway?"
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02 Sep 2014   #36
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 

By Sunhammer " I know this is a really old thread, but nobody answered the question of "Why show hidden files at all? "

Probably because the question was " why show SYSTEM files at all? " There is really quite a difference.

Art.
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03 Sep 2014   #37
Sourcerer

Windows XP
 
 

Someone always likes gravedigging...

But to answer this new deeply philosophical question rationalizing the existence of poor solutions utilizing hidden files which asks "Why show hidden files at all?"

Well, have you ever copied a folder somewhere? Did you know that when you copy a folder, you also copy with it all hidden files? No? Well, that may be because you can't see them, but nevermind that. If you didn't notice that before, then you probably wouldn't know about their contents, their size, and other such trifles. At this point, let me just say that I'm not a proponent of the notion that "what you don't know won't hurt you." Which is ultimately why I demand that I see everything that's on my hard drive, including hidden files (and folders!), system files and file extensions, thank you very much.

Hopefully this answers that. Now you may go on believing that ignorance is bliss. That is, until you get bitten by whatever you are ignorant of, after which you may return to your beliefs and hope that they don't fail you this time.
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03 Sep 2014   #38
blackblack20143

64 Windows 7
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
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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'?
There are several reasons. Back before I knew about how Windows writes information on thumbnails, I had hidden files really hidden from view. Then came the Thumbs.db file which got updated in a folder whenever I viewed a thumbnail of a photo. Since I had a folder through which many photos have passed, the Thumbs.db had grown to a really huge size of several hundred MBs (which was a whole lot then) and since it was hidden I had no idea where all my disk space had gone. Moreover, when I copied a file called, say DSC_0001.JPG to that folder, and I had previously viewed a file that had the same name, the old thumbnail from Thumbs.db was loaded and displayed in Windows Explorer. Showing hidden files was then sort of a revelation for me, just as preventing Windows from writing a Thumbs.db file at all. This is why I'm always showing hidden files - because I want to know what my disk space is being used for and not just watch how my free space is decreasing inexplicably.

As for showing system files, I had a nasty encounter with a virus once and it got archived in a restore point. I had successfully removed it, but not the copy stored in a restore point. Imagine my surprise when it got back after I had restored my computer about a month later when for some reason (I don't quite remember what it was) I had to revert the system back to a previous state. After removing the virus again, I tried deleting restore points, but the interface that was made for this wouldn't remove it as it was blocked by my antivirus software because of the virus that was in it. Eventually I had to delete restore points manually (and just imagine the pain of having to give myself permissions to manually remove an infected file). On another note, restore points take up a lot of space as well, and are significant when managing a limited disk space - and mind you, with unmanaged Windows any disk space eventually becomes limited.

For these reasons I don't like to be in the dark about anything that goes on on my computer. I know enough to know what I can and what I can't remove or edit. After all, my Windows XP installation was running smoothly (with the exception of the two infections of which one was due to a restore point) for seven years without a single reinstall, which is by far more than what I can say about most installations I've seen.

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(and no, I'm not likely to un-check viewing of hidden files)
@Sourcerer
If you have set windows to "Show hidden files" and "Hide system files", then you wont see the desktop.ini files but will still be able to see the hidden files.
Attachment 97551

That wont actually stop windows from writing the files, but atleast you wont see them
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'?
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03 Sep 2014   #39
avada

Windows 7 amd64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blackblack20143 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'?
Yet none of you can come up with "a reason". It's hidden because someone decided to flip a stupid attribute, to make file management unpredictable and counterintuitive.
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03 Sep 2014   #40
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Holy necroposts, Batman! The reason is, there's no "reason" to use or edit those files during normal usage, so they don't need to be visible. Why is the hood of your car located outside of the "passenger cabin" and under a hood? You don't need to access that area for normal usage.

In extremely rare events, when you do need to edit or manipulate those files, you can with a few mouse clicks. It's mind-blowing this needs to be debated. Windows 7 doesn't need constant tinkering or tweaking, so hiding those files protects the system from the average user with the purpose of making the system more stable.
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