Windows 10: Nuisance desktop.ini file

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  1. Posts : 160
    Windows 10 (2), Win 8.1 (1), Win 7 (1)
       04 Jul 2017 #1

    Nuisance desktop.ini file


    This is no big deal but more of a nuisance. Windows has created two desktop.ini files. That is ok except that one floats back to the main group of icons whenever I reboot instead of staying where I moved it. Is there any way of getting it to stick in one spot? These are the contents:

    One that stays put:
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [.ShellClassInfo]
    LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769
    IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183
    ===========================================================

    One that floats:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [.ShellClassInfo]
    LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21799
    ===========================================================

    I think this was introduced with the Creators Update.

    JohnD
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  2. Posts : 6,467
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       04 Jul 2017 #2

    johnpd said: View Post
    This is no big deal but more of a nuisance. Windows has created two desktop.ini files. That is ok except that one floats back to the main group of icons whenever I reboot instead of staying where I moved it. Is there any way of getting it to stick in one spot? ... I think this was introduced with the Creators Update.
    There have been two desktop.ini icons since long before Windows 10....
    In my two Windows 7 systems, there are always two desktop.ini files though they have two different datestamps. I wonder why.
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...8-887170708ed6

    It's because the Desktop contains Public and Private elements. One desktop.ini is in %PUBLIC%\Public Desktop, the other is in %USERPROFILE%\Desktop

    This erratic and unpredictable placement of them on the desktop does seem to be a new 'feature' introduced by the Creators Update though. With care and experimentation you can place them where you wish (even surviving a reboot). I find it helps to first move them to an empty area of the desktop, arrange them next to each other, then select both and drag them to their final resting place.

    Hopefully MS will (eventually?) address this quirk in an update.
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  3. Posts : 160
    Windows 10 (2), Win 8.1 (1), Win 7 (1)
    Thread Starter
       04 Jul 2017 #3

    Thanks Bree, no problem. I have them stuck in the lower right hand corner of the desktop, but that isn't helping. I will live with it. They have more pressing issues to fix such as Network Discovery which they broke.

    JohnD
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  4. Posts : 362
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       04 Jul 2017 #4

    Why not just hide them by selecting Hide protected operating system files in folder options?
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  5. Posts : 901
    Windows 10 Professional
       04 Jul 2017 #5

    Every time Windows does major updates or whatever they show up on my Desktop too. I ALWAYS delete them whenever they show up, because they are useless and do not affect the computer when they're no longer there. Save yourself the stress and delete them.

    Refer to the hidden file in the center of my Desktop screenshot.

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  6. Posts : 405
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
       04 Jul 2017 #6

    pbcopter said: View Post
    Why not just hide them by selecting Hide protected operating system files in folder options?
    This makes other, more significant files and folders go hidden. And example is ProgramData. Maybe most people don't care about it, but it has enough significant stuff in it that I have a desktop shortcut for it. I assume the shortcut would still work even if the folder were hidden, but sometimes I loose shortcuts.
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  7.    04 Jul 2017 #7

    You could try setting a hidden attribute on the file which should make it disappear if you dont have show hidden files enabled.

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  • Posts : 405
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
       04 Jul 2017 #8

    swarfega said: View Post
    You could try setting a hidden attribute on the file which should make it disappear if you dont have show hidden files enabled. Click image for larger version. 

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    Desktop.ini files already have the "Hidden" attribute set. At least they do on my system.
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  •    04 Jul 2017 #9

    shame, was an idea
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  •    05 Jul 2017 #10

    There are two hidden files settings. One is to show hidden files and folders. The other is to show hidden system files and folders. The second is not required to see most hidden folders including ProgramData. The second one is what shows Desktop.ini.
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