A common use of the Desktop.ini file is to assign a custom icon or thumbnail image to a folder

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Self-created desktop.ini does not work

In Windows 7 x64 SP1, when creating a desktop.ini file with a text editor (e.g. notepad, notepad++) and saving it inside a folder, it does not work. For example, I have saved this desktop.ini inside a ...
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Always show files and folders as tiles in USB Drive

I want all of my files and folders to show as tiles in my usb drive whenever it's plugged in. Is it possible to do with desktop.ini or something?
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When try to copy disc it show Desktop.ini and data gone

i'm trying to copy disc but whenever i click 'copy' on Nero program. The program eject my disc and appear the error that my CD is balnk, actually my CD is CD-R and there is a lot of data. Then i ...
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Is there a way to disable LocalizedResourceName (desktop.ini) globally?

I'm using a German windows 7 and while I'm fine with that (otherwise I'd install an english version), I really dislike localized folder names - I'd like to see the true folder name. Of course I could ...
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Renaming multiple files in windows 7 and changing the IconResource field in all desktop.ini

I have multiple folders under a root directory, within each is an icon (.ico) file which acts as the icon for the parent folder. Unfortunately, a lot of these .ico files are named "Untitled-*.ico" ...
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Prevent desktop.ini from being shared

I have a Windows server sharing a directory containing a large number of sub-directories. Each sub-directory has a desktop.ini file which I cannot, for unrelated reasons, remove. (I know how to ...
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Which desktop.ini is getting lost when there's network disconnection?

I'm a WinXP user on a Windows domain with a Samba fileserver. I have an H: drive mapped for my home files and there's some group policy that makes H:\Desktop be my desktop. The problem is, whenever ...
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Disable creation of desktop.ini in windows 8 (on the Desktop)

There are a few threads about the issue and they propose some solutions: disable displaying of hidden files (no solution at all) unchecking "Remember each folder's view settings" (which is not ...
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what are the possible choices for the 'Mode=' field in desktop.ini file

I would like to know what are the possible choices for the 'Mode=' field, I want to keep only one directory with medium icons (my default setting is Details) and I suppose that's the field to set. ...
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Desktop.ini Issues/Confusion

BACKSTORY: I was out of town for a while and I forgot to turn my computer off. When I came back I saw that a desktop.ini file was on my desktop (using Windows 7). I thought that was odd because I knew ...
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How to delete visible Desktop.ini, Thumbs.db and album art from My Music

How do I delete album art, desktop.ini, and thumbs.db from my music folder in Windows 7? I can see all of these files because I took the hard drive from my old computer and put it in my new one. It ...
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Why is desktop.ini “Ready to Be Written to the Disc” of any CD or DVD inserted under Windows 7?

I have a netbook with an external CD/DVD burner running Windows 7 Starter. Whenever I put any CD or DVD (doesn't have to be blank) in the drive and navigate to its path in Windows Explorer, it ...
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DESKTOP.INI command to autorun a file in the folder

Is there a command that can be used in DESKTOP.INI files to open/run a file when the containing folder is opened? There are already a couple of ways to assign an icon to folders, so being able to ...
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Hide desktop.ini for the desktop view only; still show hidden and system files

Is it possible to hide desktop.ini on the desktop, but show it when viewed in Windows Explorer? Essentially, I need to be able to see hidden and system files when using Windows Explorer, but I ...
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Wallpaper and thumbnails trouble after deleting two hidden desktop.ini files on my desktop

On Windows 7 I have deleted two hidden desktop.ini files on my desktop, and now I have a problem with my wallpaper and my thumbnails in my system. How can I fix it?
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Disable using the desktop.ini file

How can I disable Windows Explorer in Windows XP from using desktop.ini and folder.ini files? Some viruses are on the flash card, and they can be in those files. Can I make Windows Explorer safe from ...
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What is the purpose of the “desktop.ini” file in Windows and how can I keep it from being generated?

It's not a big problem, but I'm comparing a lot of directories and desktop.ini keeps throwing off the total file size and file count. How can I make Windows stop generating it, and what does it do?