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

Discus and support What's the purpose of desktop.ini? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; It has no effect on my desktop whether it's there or deleted. 56475 Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by rboppy, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. rboppy Win User

    What's the purpose of desktop.ini?


    It has no effect on my desktop whether it's there or deleted.

    :)
     
    rboppy, Jul 16, 2016
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  2. techbuzzireland, Jul 16, 2016
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  3. 7thSense Win User
    What is the purpose of the save button at the bottom of the screen after you tap a sender's name in an email?

    It will store the contact to your Microsoft Account (likely Outlook.com account).
     
    7thSense, Jul 16, 2016
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  4. Brink
    Brink New Member

    What's the purpose of desktop.ini?

    Brink, Jul 16, 2016
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  5. rboppy Win User
    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[/quote]
     
    rboppy, Jul 16, 2016
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  6. 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
     
    TairikuOkami, Jul 16, 2016
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  7. Edwin New Member
    @rboppy:

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


    What's the purpose of desktop.ini? [​IMG]
     
    Edwin, Jul 16, 2016
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  8. rboppy Win User

    What's the purpose of desktop.ini?

    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".
     
    rboppy, Jul 17, 2016
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  9. Edwin New Member
    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.
     
    Edwin, Jul 17, 2016
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  10. swarfega Win User
    You can always use the hidden attribute in properties and itl disappear.
     
    swarfega, Jul 17, 2016
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  11. rboppy Win User
    Thanks for that, I'll try it the next time it shows up.
     
    rboppy, Jul 17, 2016
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  12. Edwin New Member
    You won't be able to change the defaulted 'Hidden' attribute for items that are already hidden.


    What's the purpose of desktop.ini? [​IMG]
     
    Edwin, Jul 17, 2016
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  13. Edwin New Member

    What's the purpose of desktop.ini?

    @rboppy:

    I must ask:
    What is the purpose for you needing to show hidden system files?
     
    Edwin, Jul 17, 2016
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  14. rboppy Win User
    I can appreciate why Microsoft wants to hide some files from some of their users, they always have as far as I know. I like to know what files are where, most of the time I never see them or question them.

    It's interesting that Brink is the only one to reply to my question, and the link he gave me did not address the content of my desktop.ini
     
    rboppy, Jul 17, 2016
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  15. Edwin New Member
    Edwin, Apr 4, 2018
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