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

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Disable desktop.ini files on external drives

I've read through the solutions discussing disabling desktop.ini files globally, but I'd just like to disable the creation of desktop.ini files on my local machine. My work policy is to not allow ...
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Windows 10, can the view of Pictures folders show extra large icons, while all others show details?

I have a very high resolution monitor, and the default icon views are far too small for images. So I want all picture views to show extra large icons. But I'm a developer, and I need to see all the ...
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How to specify permament columns for music folder in Windows10?

When I create folder with MP3 files Windows changes folder template to "Music". Ok, but default columns for this template are: Name, #, Title, Artists, Album. I can customize that for one ...
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desktop.ini in network folders problems

I am testing desktop.ini on network folders and have a problem. Shared from a windows server, when creating a local folder with icon and copying it to the network location, the icon is saved, if I ...
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Where are saved folder custom display settings such as "Group by > Date modified"?

I right-clicked in a folder D:\Test\ABC and selected "Group by > Date modified", this is really useful for some specific folders, see screenshot below. Out of curiosity, where is saved ...
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Set child folder type in registry/desktop.ini

I disabled automatic folder type discovery with Winaero Tweaker, but that just sets all folders to General items (it creates HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\...
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What is LocalizedFileNames in desktop.ini?

I have a desktop.ini in a folder, with contents reading: [LocalizedFileNames] Pat2Train_5_0.mat=@Pat2Train_5_0,0 Pat2Train_4_1.mat=@Pat2Train_4_1,0 ... # same format for other rows, just different ...
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Deleted Desktop.ini file keeps returning

A nearly empty directory keeps re-appearing on my D drive. It seems like a Desktop.ini file keeps being re-created. The "stuff" I want to delete is: d:\ManualCopy\HomePC\2019-06-04\UserRobert\Music\...
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Undeletable desktop.ini file [duplicate]

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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Folder's "system" attribute disappears after copying to USB drive

I have a "Desktop.ini" file in a specific folder. I define the folder as a system folder using cmd : attrib +s folder and everything works well. But when I copy the folder to a USB drive, my folder ...
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Why can't I set 'attrib +h +s' on Desktop.ini on network drive

I'm trying to use custom icons for folders on a network drive and I've followed all the usual advice but cannot set the right attributes on the desktop.ini file. I'm using Windows 10 and have so far......
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How do I conform Windows folders to a list view with desktop.ini?

I'd like to create an ini file or maybe a registry value - something I can backup and restore and that sets a folder's view to a list grouped by type. My goal Is that possible?
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How do I create a missing desktop.ini file

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 My desktop.ini file in c:\Users\username\Desktop is missing. This occurred after cloning of a HDD to SSD. There is a Desktop file in the folder but it is a link. How do I ...
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Hide desktop.ini file only, without hiding other "hidden files"?

I want to hide desktop.ini files but preserve their functionality¹, keeping all other hidden files and protected system files visible on Windows 8 and above. The reason: I like to see everything going ...
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Can I change a sub-directory icon from the root of a removable drive?

I'm currently in the process of making themes for my removable disks for my PC. I'm using individual icon format images located at the root of each folder that has a custom icon using a Desktop.ini ...
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File Explorer Shows Different Folder Name Than Actual, Causes Network Share Issue

I am having a similar issue as the original poster here after going from a Windows 7 Professional system to Windows 10 Professional. I have not been able to identify/solve my issue. My issue is my ...
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Custom folder icon on USB

I am trying to make custom folder icons for my USB. I have changed the \desktop.ini to reflect where my icon is located. I have placed the icons in the corresponding folders within my USB and hid them....
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Setting folder wallpaper in external hard disk using desktop.ini

For my external hard disk, I can give any folder a background by making a desktop.ini file with the following code : [AveFolder] Recursive=1 ShadowedText=1 IconArea_Image=G:\TV Series\Sense8\.png [....
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How to get Windows to read copied desktop.ini file?

I have a folder with a custom icon and its setting is stored in desktop.ini I believe. I wanted to apply that same icon to a bunch of folders. So I thought simply copying desktop.ini to any other ...
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Desktop.ini InfoTip not working

I'm trying to utilize some of the capabilities of desktop.ini in Windows to help organize the network file system at work. Most network folders need an Archive folder at various levels in the ...
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Does the “Desktop.ini” and “Thumbs.db” files are virus?

I did some reaches, and I know "Desktop.ini" and "Thumbs.db" files are hidden files for view customizations, and I know they should be safe files and I can delete them. Also, I know if I turn off "...
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Where can I find complete documentation on desktop.ini for Windows 7?

The documentation at the Windows Dev Center is fairly limited compared not only to third party sites, but to even what I can create by changing folder settings and opening up the resulting desktop.ini ...
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IconIndex value of -101 in desktop.ini pointing to the second icon in DLL?

I have a folder which is displayed in Windows Explorer as: Inside this folder the hidden desktop.ini has this content: [.ShellClassInfo] InfoTip=@Shell32.dll,-12688 IconFile=%SystemRoot%\system32\...
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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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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 questions 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?
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