In my C:\dev folder used for storing programming projects I see a desktop.ini file, which is visible in command prompt only and it is undeletable. What is this and how do deal with it?

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    So if a file is hidden and undeletable one should delete it before they know what it is or does? .ini files are configuration files, deleting it may have a negative affect.
    – Moab
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 14:23

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Download the excellent, free, LockHUnter.

In the rare event that it can't delete a file immediately, it can delete it at the next Windows restart


I use Unlocker 1.92 for this (Majorgeeks web site). It will normally delete a file that cannot be deleted. If not, it will be deleted at the next restart (like the other tool above)

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