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Desktop.ini icon suddenly appearing

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    Desktop.ini icon suddenly appearing


    All of a sudden I have this desktop.ini icon on my desktop when it had not been there before. When I delete it, as soon as it is deleted it reappears on my desktop. Seems unusual to me. Any thoughts?

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    1. Go to Folder Option
    2. Click on the View tab.
    3. Check Do not show hidden files and folders.
    4. Check to Hide protected operating system files (recommended).
    5. Click OK.

    Now check your folders and you will not find anyDesktop.ini files.
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    Posts : 19
    Windows 8 64bit


    This is an annoying problem that I've only found with Windows 8 no other operating system does this. I have show hidden files and folders and protected operating system files as I've done on other OS's.

    There are a few video's on YouTube that delete the desktop.ini and the fixes it but it doesn't the next time you restart its back.

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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    No, this problem has been there since XP at least. You probably didn't show Operating system files previously.
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    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    In XP, folders didn't automatically get desktop.ini files when you customised them (i.e. set a template).

    They'd appear once you exceeded the Registry's folder customisation limit (or at least that's how it worked on my previous XP installation).
    I haven't set any templates in my current XP installation.
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    Posts : 19
    Windows 8 64bit


    No Mystere I a sure you it doesn't show on WinXP as I've said and I always show all hidden files and folder on every OS I've used.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    answer #2 is the best way not to see these, but I have to have my Hidden folders visible. I simply delete the INI files.

    They show up when you create a new Desktop Shortcut. IN any initial XP/Vista/7 and 8 install, there will be two of these files on the desktop. I just keep on deleting em. Eventually they stop showing up as long as you don't make any new desktop shortcuts.
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    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    I am running Windows 8.1 and had the same problem suddenly appear for no apparent reason. Unlike answer two, I had to uncheck the box to hide the desktop ini icon. I used the following sequence:

    1. Open File Explorer
    2. Click on "View"
    3. Un-check "hidden items"

    When I returned to my desktop, I found that the problem had been resolved.
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