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Windows 7: desktop.ini - where did it come from and who generated it?

12 Mar 2015   #1
dw85745

Win 7 Pro x32
 
 
desktop.ini - where did it come from and who generated it?

The contents of the "ini" is:

Quote:
[.ShellClassInfo]
LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769
IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183



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12 Mar 2015   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Desktop.ini files are generated by the system, which is why they are usually hidden as protected system files.

They contain characteristics data related to the folder they are in, such as the icon associated with the folder.
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12 Mar 2015   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello dw,

In addition, you can use step 5 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below to hide them again.

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
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12 Mar 2015   #4
dw85745

Win 7 Pro x32
 
 

Thanks guys. Always have worked with "Hidden Files and Folders" Enabled.
Win7 First time every seen one on the desktop. - Nice to know.

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Desktop.ini files are generated by the system, which is why they are usually hidden as protected system files.
They contain characteristics data related to the folder they are in, such as the icon associated with the folder.
I guess the question I have is why is it on the desktop instead of within some directory if it is associated with a folder and/or file?
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12 Mar 2015   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It's fine to have Show hidden files, folders, and drives turned on if you want to see them. It's just that when you also uncheck the Hide protected operating system files option, the desktop.ini files show.

Desktop.ini files are in other folders as well then just like the Desktop folder.

If you like, here's some more info about them.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...=vs.85%29.aspx
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13 Mar 2015   #6
mike009

w7 ultimate 64-bit sp1
 
 

Hi, desktop is a folder - "C:\Users\username\Desktop"
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13 Mar 2015   #7
dw85745

Win 7 Pro x32
 
 

Thanks guys. Appreciate all the help and link Brink.
Never to old to learn.

David
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13 Mar 2015   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome. I'm glad we could help.
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