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I just got a new computer with Windows 7.

At some point after turning on the Show hidden files option, I noticed that there seem to be a ton of cabinet files on my desktop. They only show up in dialog boxes (browsing to open a file or upload, etc.), but NOT on the actual desktop.

The cab files have names like Mar2008_XAudio_x64.cab, so they look like various program config files, but what are they doing on my desktop? Should they be there, and why do they only show up sometimes?

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No, they do not belong there. The only hidden files that should be on the desktop are 2 copies of desktop.ini, and that only if superhidden files (or supersuperhidden files) are enabled.

I'm not sure, however, where you see those files. Could you explain more fully?

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So, for example, I'm doing some image editing in GIMP. If I go to Open a file and browse to the desktop in the Open window, I see the cabinet files. –  coolpapa Jul 19 '11 at 10:24

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