Do I need to copy desktop.ini when copy dvd?


  1. Posts : 63
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    Do I need to copy desktop.ini when copy dvd?


    I am making backup of my software installation dvd by selecting all files in the dvd and copy and paste into my computer hard disk. Doing this so that I will have the software even if the dvd corrupt or I lose the dvd in future.

    When I open the dvd, there are software files and a file called desktop.ini (screenshot https://i.imgur.com/4N5rKNX.png ), do I need to copy desktop.ini to work correctly? (I mean if in future I want to install the software by using the files I copied into my pc it will work correctly)

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  2. Samuria's Avatar
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    No is the simple answer
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  3. Winuser's Avatar
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    If they are copy protected the copies may not work.
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  4. FreeBooter's Avatar
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    A desktop.ini is a file that determines the way a folder is displayed by Windows.
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  5. Berton's Avatar
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    I don't copy them and since they become read-only once on the disc they are of no use.
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  6. Posts : 63
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    Winuser said:
    If they are copy protected the copies may not work.
    How to know if they are copy protected?

    If I create an ISO and save in hard disk, would it work? How to Create an ISO Image From a DVD, CD or BD Disc

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    Berton said:
    I don't copy them and since they become read-only once on the disc they are of no use.
    Did you mean if I copy and paste files (from the dvd) into my hard disk, the files in my hard disk will not work like the dvd if I want to install the software from the files copied inside my hard disk?

    If I create an ISO and save in hard disk, would it work? How to Create an ISO Image From a DVD, CD or BD Disc
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  7. Berton's Avatar
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    Berton said:
    I don't copy them and since they become read-only once on the disc they are of no use.
    comcom said:
    Did you mean if I copy and paste files (from the dvd) into my hard disk, the files in my hard disk will not work like the dvd if I want to install the software from the files copied inside my hard disk?
    The question/subject is about the desktop.ini file and so is my answer. Deleting that file should have no affect on your data files, never has had for me.
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  8. Pejole2165's Avatar
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    As far as the copy protection issue, some install routines may check various things such as CD/ DVD serial number (of the actual media), whether or not the install is running from a physical or virtual drive, and many other ways to determine if the install is running from original media or a copy.
    Copy protection is down to the developer of the software, you can normally find out if copy protection is used, but for obvious reasons you normally can't find out which method is used.
    The easiest way to find out is to try it, run the install from a folder on a HDD and from an ISO (either virtual drive or written to media), if the install fails you'll know.
    Depending on the software and it's age you can sometimes order replacement media from the developer/ publisher at reduced cost, but of course you need to provide proof of purchase.
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  9. sygnus21's Avatar
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    comcom said:
    When I open the dvd, there are software files and a file called desktop.ini (screenshot https://i.imgur.com/4N5rKNX.png ), do I need to copy desktop.ini to work correctly?
    No need to turn this into rocket science - to be safe it's better to copy all the files shown in the CD/DVD. It's not like that file uses a lot of storage space

    That said, agree with Samuria, no is the simple answer.
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