Windows 10: What's the purpose of desktop.ini?

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  1.    16 Jul 2016 #1

    What's the purpose of desktop.ini?


    It has no effect on my desktop whether it's there or deleted.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 18,987
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       16 Jul 2016 #2

    Hello rboppy,

    Here's some more information about desktop.ini files to help.

    How to Customize Folders with Desktop.ini (Windows)

    What Are These desktop.ini Files I Keep Seeing?
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  3.    17 Jul 2016 #3

    Thanks Brink, although neither link came close to describing the desktop.ini that is on my desktop:
    Code:
    [.ShellClassInfo]
    LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769
    IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183
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  4. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 1,999
    Windows Home x64 (Home per choice)
       17 Jul 2016 #4

    If you ever find out, let me know. It always appears on the desktop after windows updates get installed.

    You could try this, some people say it works, say some it does not:

    reg add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer" /v "UseDesktopIniCache" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" /v "UseDesktopIniCache" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" /v "UseDesktopIniCache" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
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  5. Posts : 7,898
    Windows 10 Professional
       17 Jul 2016 #5

    @rboppy:

    You must be showing "Super Hidden" System Files.
    Check Folder Options.

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  6.    17 Jul 2016 #6

    That's correct Edwin, always have, but like TairikuOkami pointed out every update brings back the desktop.ini, don't think that happened with W7. What other files are considered "Super Hidden".
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  7. Posts : 7,898
    Windows 10 Professional
       17 Jul 2016 #7

    rboppy said: View Post
    That's correct Edwin, always have, but like TairikuOkami pointed out every update brings back the desktop.ini, don't think that happened with W7. What other files are considered "Super Hidden".
    If you delete them, they will be recreated any time you perform any kind of desktop composition.
    Better to keep them hidden as it's dangerous to accidentally manipulate Hidden System files.
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  8.    17 Jul 2016 #8

    You can always use the hidden attribute in properties and itl disappear.
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  9.    17 Jul 2016 #9

    swarfega said: View Post
    You can always use the hidden attribute in properties and itl disappear.
    Thanks for that, I'll try it the next time it shows up.
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  10. Posts : 7,898
    Windows 10 Professional
       17 Jul 2016 #10

    swarfega said: View Post
    You can always use the hidden attribute in properties and itl disappear.
    rboppy said: View Post
    Thanks for that, I'll try it the next time it shows up.
    You won't be able to change the defaulted 'Hidden' attribute for items that are already hidden.

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