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Windows 7: Weird desktop.ini file

18 Oct 2009   #1
AMG

Win 7 RTM Ultimate x86
 
 
Weird desktop.ini file

Whenever I open my dvdrom I see a desktop.ini file ready to be written. How to I get rid of this? Could not find a similar topic


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18 Oct 2009   #2
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Did you 'customize' the icon?
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18 Oct 2009   #3
Antman

 

That's a shell folder. Files ready to write to disc. You can ignore it - or set Windows not to show hidden files. It will not burn to disc.
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18 Oct 2009   #4
AMG

Win 7 RTM Ultimate x86
 
 

Standard icon.
ok thanks. Kinda annoying though.
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19 Oct 2009   #5
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

It is annoying, but it is not the default, which I guess you must have altered?.
Open Windows Explorer. - Tools -Folder options - view. and scroll down and select "Do not show hidden files and folders." It serves no useful purpose to have these revealed, as they are not "user" files.
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19 Oct 2009   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Just to add that there are two different types of hidden files - there are the files with the hidden attribute set and there are system files, which by default also have the hidden attribute set in addition to the system attribute

it is possible to show the manually hidden files using the folders dialog using the Hidden files & folders options

The system files are controlled with the Hide protected operating system files entry.

This will allow you to display the files hidden by the user whilst hiding the system files, such as Desktop.ini, which adds a layer of protection against accidental deletion
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19 Oct 2009   #7
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
That's a shell folder. Files ready to write to disc. You can ignore it - or set Windows not to show hidden files. It will not burn to disc.

Hi Antman
You need to enable HIDE OPERATING SYSTEM files. It's OK to show hidden files if you want but this icon is an Operating system file and will disappear if you click on HIDE OPERATING SYSTEM FILES in the folder options (control panel).

(What the file actually does I haven't a clue BTW).

Cheers
jimbo
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19 Oct 2009   #8
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

The desktop.ini file is just a container for the folder customisations - deleting this from a normal folder will not have any really serious ramifications.

For a shell folder however this can be more important as the customisations include the shell folders special properties
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19 Oct 2009   #9
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
That's a shell folder. Files ready to write to disc. You can ignore it - or set Windows not to show hidden files. It will not burn to disc.

Hi Antman
You need to enable HIDE OPERATING SYSTEM files. It's OK to show hidden files if you want but this icon is an Operating system file and will disappear if you click on HIDE OPERATING SYSTEM FILES in the folder options (control panel).

(What the file actually does I haven't a clue BTW).

Cheers
jimbo
I know about the Folder View options. I also know the function of the Desktop.ini file. I did not ask a question.
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02 Jul 2010   #10
brvnbld

windows 7 build 7057,windows xp sp2
 
 

blah..blah...can anyone tell how to remove tat file instead of suggesting to hide it??....are there any tech savvy here who could solve the problem really??
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