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Sometimes I notice Desktop.ini files in folders of my computer. Why/how are they generated, and, is it possible to make the OS stop generating these files?

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These files are the plague of obsessive compulsive computer users that need to show hidden files and folders. :-) – Chris Dwyer Mar 23 '10 at 16:49
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Desktop.ini is a Windows system file that stores information about customisation in each folder (one file per customised folder). E.g. on the desktop or in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs.

If you customise folders then you can't avoid them, but you can hide them.

Enable these two in a Windows Explorer window, menu Tools/Folder Options/tab View/:

  1. "Do not show hidden files and folders"

  2. "Hide protected operating system files (recommended)"

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