Method to remove Desktop.ini from Windows® 7
How do you remove Desktop.ini from Windows 7?
Desktop.ini might be a hidden, protected operating system file. It may be present in some folders, that stores information about folder customization. Since the desktop is a folder (C:Users
The following points are the ways to remove Desktop.ini from Windows 7:
- Delete Desktop.ini file
- Use System Configuration Utility
- Avoid reappearance of Desktop.ini
Delete Desktop.ini File
You need to start Windows Explorer. On the 'Tools' menu, you need to click 'Folder Options' and then click the 'View' tab. In the 'Advanced Settings' box, click to clear 'Hide Extensions for Known File Type's' check box and the 'Hide Protected Operating System Files' check box and then click 'Ok'. Delete any occurrences of the Desktop.ini file. To do that you need to locate each of the following folders, right-click Desktop.ini file and click 'Delete'. Click 'Yes' when you are prompted to confirm the deletion. Restart your computer and check that the issue is resolved.
Use System Configuration Utility
You can use System Configuration Utility (msconfig.exe) to disable the Startup items and get rid of Desktop.ini. For that you need to click 'Start' and then click 'Run'. In the open box, type 'msconfig' and then click 'Ok'. After that, click the 'Startup' tab. Click to clear the check box of any desktop entries from the 'Startup Item' column that is listed as 'Common Startup' in the 'Location' column and are also located in certain locations. After that, click 'Ok' to quit System Configuration Utility and then restart your computer.
In order to stop Desktop.ini from reappearing on the desktop, at least after one reboot, you need to perform certain steps. You need to open the Control Panel, There, click 'Folder Options' and select 'View'. There you can click 'Reset Folders', and 'Confirm'. In 'Advanced Settings', you can check "Always show icons, never thumbnails" and click 'Apply'. Then you can delete Desktop.ini for good.
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