Monday, 29 July 2013

What is the Windows desktop.ini file

    The Desktop.ini file is a hidden file used to customize and adjust settings for the Windows folders that contain the file. Folders are normally displayed with the standard folder icon. A common use of the Desktop.ini file is to assign a custom icon or thumbnail image to a folder. You can also use Desktop.ini to create an infotip that displays information about the folder and controls some aspects of the folder's behavior, such as specifying localized names for the folder or items in the folder.

Severity Level

   This file can be safely deleted from any directory.  However, because this file may have settings associated with the folder that it contains and deleting this file will change these settings back to default. For example, if the folder containing this file has a different icon and you delete this file the default folder icon will be re-enabled.

How to disable or hide

      You can disable or hide this file by Enabling the Hide protected operating system files setting in Folder Options hides the Desktop.ini files, as well. To access the Folder Options, open Windows Explorer, click Organize, click Folder and Search Options and select the View tab.

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