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

13 Sep 2010   #1
Sourcerer

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

Hello,

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.

Thanks,
Nikola


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13 Sep 2010   #2
gurustevie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I've seen before that if you have thumbnail view set for your folders, each folder will have a desktop.ini file. Is this the view you have?
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13 Sep 2010   #3
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sourcerer View Post
So, just show me which option to un-check and I'll be happy and I'll buy you some e-beer.

Thanks,
Nikola
Folder Options > View > enable Hide protected operating system files.
Furthermore, desktop.ini is not written to CD/DVDs when you burn.
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13 Sep 2010   #4
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

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Furthermore, desktop.ini is not written to CD/DVDs when you burn.[/QUOTE]

You are right that it does not write it to the CD/DVD but if you go to write another CD/DVD it shows desktop.ini in que to be written. It just stays in que until you delete it or reboot. Don't understand that.

Jim
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13 Sep 2010   #5
tiger2

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I am new to windows 7, and ever since I started using windows 95 up to the present win7 (with win98 and winxp; yes I skipped vista), I have always viewed hidden files - I am a computer professional, and not an end user type.

Why is ms/windows creating these desktop.ini files on my desktop? What is the purpose anyway?

Deb
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13 Sep 2010   #6
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tiger2 View Post
I am new to windows 7, and ever since I started using windows 95 up to the present win7 (with win98 and winxp; yes I skipped vista), I have always viewed hidden files - I am a computer professional, and not an end user type.

Why is ms/windows creating these desktop.ini files on my desktop? What is the purpose anyway?

Deb
desktop.ini holds folder configurations/customizations as it always have.
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13 Sep 2010   #7
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Professional or amateur, I don't feel there is and real value or purpose in being able to see the system files, except, possibly, if you are troubleshooting. But, fwiw, I have enabled mine and have had no problems deleting .ini files. Some are recreated, but I have not had the desktop ones do that.
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13 Sep 2010   #8
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Learned something today. It seams that anytime you make a custom change to a folder it writes a desktop.ini file to that folder so it remembers the changes. If you delete the desktop.ini file the folder will return to default settings. To me the name is a little misleading and would not folder.ini be a better name??

Please correct me if I am wrong on this.

Thanks,
Jim
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14 Sep 2010   #9
Sourcerer

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Folder Options > View > enable Hide protected operating system files.
Furthermore, desktop.ini is not written to CD/DVDs when you burn.
Thou hast not properly understood my question, thus thou shalt not get any e-beer.

Edit: Maybe desktop.ini isn't written to a CD/DVD (I wouldn't know, I always delete it manually off the list), but it's always *ready* to be written.

Cheers!
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14 Sep 2010   #10
Sourcerer

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gurustevie View Post
I've seen before that if you have thumbnail view set for your folders, each folder will have a desktop.ini file. Is this the view you have?
That, I think, was true on Windows XP, but 7 creates desktop.ini file regardless. I deleted the two off my desktop once, only to have them reappear on reboot.

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. I wouldn't even be making such a fuss about it if the files (and yes, I'm saying files, as in more than one of them, both having the same name in the same folder, how insane is that!) weren't showing on my desktop (and no, I'm not likely to un-check viewing of hidden files).
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