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?
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/:
"Do not show hidden files and folders"
"Hide protected operating system files (recommended)"