Refreshing desktop.ini


  1. Posts : 26
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       #1

    Refreshing desktop.ini


    Not entirely sure of the role of desktop.ini in a folder or how it is achieved.
    But different folders have different versions.
    Is there a repository or some other mechanism to recover any missing files, or reliably refresh them?
    (e.g. under C:\Users\{myname}\Downloads\ and similar.)
    Edition Windows 10 Pro
    Version 21H2
    OS build 19044.1387
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    desktop.ini controls things like
    - comments about a folder
    - its icon
    - the popup you may see when you hover over it.

    For more: see (from a simple Google search)
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...th-desktop-ini

    Is there a repository or some other mechanism to recover any missing files,
    As far as system files are concerned this is what e.g.
    SFC /SCANNOW
    attempts to achieve.

    Then there are various refresh options such as forms of the DISM command, and an in-place upgrade repair install.

    Otherwise - your own backups and disk images for example (you are using disk imaging as is endlessly recommended here. iI hope..).
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  3. Posts : 26
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Yes to sfc /scannow (frequently).
    Yes to disk imaging (frequently, using partimage [-save,-restore] in Linux).
    I find this quite simple, fast, reliable.
    Of course the pim image is not browsable.
    Is there a Windows application to achieve the same purpose?
    And I think I once read about a version that results in a browsable image??
    Thank you for you help.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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       #4

    Sorry, no idea about reading Linux file types in Windows- like you, perhaps, I'd resort to Google.

    Were you to use, say, Macrium Reflect (which includes some useful repair tools and the option to add context menus and a boot selection option) then its images are fully browsable.
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  5. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1466
       #5

    fergusd said:
    Yes to disk imaging (frequently, using partimage [-save,-restore] in Linux).
    Is there a Windows application to achieve the same purpose?
    As dalchina said, Macrium Reflect is one suitable application.
    Others are identified towards the end of my ditty - File backup vs imaging, imaging utilities, backing up drivers [post #3] - TenForums


    fergusd said:
    Of course the pim image is not browsable.
    And I think I once read about a version that results in a browsable image??
    Acronis TI mages are browsable - double-click on the image file to mount it then browse it.
    I think I have seen Macrium Reflect users say the same thing.
    I would not be at all surprised if all these applications' images are browsable.

    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  6. Posts : 26
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks, all. Really helpful and much appreciated.
    So: I downloaded Macrium and took an image of C: onto an external device.
    (V. easy and convenient.)
    I opened the file 30-NOV.mrimg with Macrium and the resource is indeed browsable.
    But: here's the thing:
    Suppose my C: drive becomes trashed and unusable. I've got 30-NOV.mrimg. But:
    How do I use it to recover the system drive, given that I've lost all Windows capability - including, but not only, Macrium?!
    (The advantage of using partimage in Linux as previously described is that the broken partition is easily mounted and refreshed.)
    I must be missing some key recovery pathway .. .. ..
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  7. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #7

    Macrium allows you to create a bootable medium - with some useful repair tools too.

    So you boot your PC from that... new disk, restore partitions, or old disk, restore...

    Naturally your image files are on an external storage medium..
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  8. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 10,127
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1466
       #8

    fergusd said:
    How do I use it to recover the system drive, given that I've lost all Windows capability - including, but not only, Macrium?!
    I must be missing some key recovery pathway .. .. ..
    That is also covered towards the end of my ditty - File backup vs imaging, imaging utilities, backing up drivers [post #3] - TenForums
    You can
    - make a Macrium Reflect boot USB to use to restore system images to the current OS disk or to a new disk,
    Macrium USB - TenForums
    and
    - you can let Macrium Reflect set up a dual-boot arrangement so it can be used to restore system images to the current OS disk.
    Adding a Boot Menu option for system Image recovery - Macrium KB

    All the best,
    Denis
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