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Thread: desktop.ini

  1. #1
    John Reid Guest


    Two icons, with the same name, "desktop.ini" have appeared on my desktop and
    when I open it, this is what the larger one shows. The smaller one has only
    one entry. I assume they are shortcuts although there is no indication that
    they are.

    Spider Solitaire.lnk=@%SystemRoot%\system32\gameux.dll,-10061
    Windows Explorer.lnk=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-22067
    Windows Mail.lnk=@%ProgramFiles%\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe,-225

    What I think happened is that I put a number of programmes on the task bar,
    immediately to the right of the Windows logo, and perhaps this is the
    information as to the location of these programmes. Are these shortcuts and,
    if so, can I delete them?

    As I went back to check on the items, I also found another "desktop.ini"
    file in my Documents Folder - it is different from the above two. What is
    the proper location of these files?


    John Reid
    Running Vista Home Premium 32 Bit on an Acer Aspire 7720 Laptop with 2 mgs

  2. #2
    Charlie42 Guest

    Re: desktop.ini

    For some reason, protected system files are displayed in your folders,
    including the Desktop folder. It is recommended to keep them hidden.

    In Windows Explorer: Tools > Folder Options > View tab > check 'Hide
    protected system files'. Apply this setting to all folders.


  3. #3
    Brink Guest

    Re: desktop.ini

    These "desktop.ini" files are a normal part of Vista. They contain
    information about the folder that they are in and should not be deleted
    or relocated.

    You are seeing these because you have unchecked "Hide protected
    operating system files (Recommended)" in Folder Options. You will just
    need to check this again to not see (hide) them again. Option Two step 5
    in this tutorial will show you how if needed.


  4. #4
    Frankster Guest

    Re: desktop.ini

    Right or wrong, I have always just deleted mine. I've not noticed any ill
    affects. LOL...

  5. #5
    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Re: desktop.ini

    The chief benefit of those files is localization. If you're on an EN-US
    environment, you can probably live without them.

  6. #6
    John Reid Guest

    Re: desktop.ini

    Thanks to all who responded.

    I had unchecked the "Hide protected system files" when I was trying to find
    some other files. I forgot to go back and to hide the files. I did check the
    "Hide Protected system files" and all of the icons have now disappeared.

  7. #7
    Brink Guest

    Re: desktop.ini

    Your welcome John. I'm glad to hear that you have it all sorted out

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