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desktop.ini everywhere

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jo-Anne, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini files. One
    of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting rid of these files,
    but all I could find was information about hiding system files, which I
    don't want to do.

    At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample Playlists,
    one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in Sample Pictures.

    Are these files necessary? If not, how should I delete them? In some cases I
    want to delete the folder entirely. For example, I don't need a Sample
    Pictures or Sample Music folder.

    Thank you!

    Jo-Anne
     
  2. Alan Edwards

    Alan Edwards Flightless Bird

    They are necessary.
    I respectfully suggest you leave them alone.
    Please Google as to the reason you have them, rather than how you
    should delete them.

    ....Alan
    --
    Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    http://dts-l.com/index.htm




    On Tue, 9 Mar 2010 02:30:42 -0600, in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com>
    wrote:

    >On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini files. One
    >of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting rid of these files,
    >but all I could find was information about hiding system files, which I
    >don't want to do.
    >
    >At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    >Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample Playlists,
    >one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in Sample Pictures.
    >
    >Are these files necessary?
     
  3. Andrew McLaren

    Andrew McLaren Flightless Bird

    On 9/03/2010 19:30, Jo-Anne wrote:
    > On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini files. One
    > of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting rid of these files,
    > but all I could find was information about hiding system files, which I
    > don't want to do.


    Hi Jo-Anne

    These files are used by Windows Explorer, to control how the information
    in each folder is displayed.

    Normally, Desktop.ini files have the "Hidden" attribute turned ON; ie,
    they are hidden, you don't see them. If you are seeing them in a normal
    user session, you have probably selected the Folder Option to "Show
    hidden files".

    Unless you have a strong interest in seeing the hidden files on your
    system, the best solution is to turn off the Hidden Files option.

    In Explorer, go to Tools on the menu bar, Folder Options, View, and
    select the option "Don't show hidden files".

    The Desktop.ini files will no longer be visible.

    Hope this helps,

    Andrew

    --
    amclar at optusnet dot com dot au
     
  4. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 9, 3:30 am, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    > On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini files. One
    > of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting rid of these files,
    > but all I could find was information about hiding system files, which I
    > don't want to do.
    >
    > At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    > Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample Playlists,
    > one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in Sample Pictures.
    >
    > Are these files necessary? If not, how should I delete them? In some cases I
    > want to delete the folder entirely. For example, I don't need a Sample
    > Pictures or Sample Music folder.
    >
    > Thank you!
    >
    > Jo-Anne


    It does not make sense to have a desktop.ini on your desktop (or a
    thumbs.db if you have that too). It is unnecessary desktop clutter.
    If you are not sure about it, drag it to the recycle bin and reboot
    and see how things look. You can delete just about any folder you
    want. Windows will warn you if you try to delete some folders that it
    thinks are special. I don't always agree and don't have any Sample
    anything folders. More unnecessary clutter. I am tidy with usually
    only 6-8 desktop icons.

    The desktop.ini file is normally a hidden file so you don't delete it
    accidentally. If you have show hidden files enabled, you may see that
    some folders have the file and some folder do not.

    If you have a desktop.ini in a folder you have at some point
    customized that folder view. For example, enabling thumbnail view.
    You may have undone the customization later but the desktop.ini file
    may be left behind.

    The desktop.ini file is just a text files with parameters and values
    that you can edit to see what is in them or change them. Some are
    more complicated than others.

    Windows will put a simple desktop.ini in certain folders for you so
    you can recognize them when using Explorer. My Music, My Pictures, My
    Videos, etc. If you delete or rename the desktop.ini from these
    folders, the displayed icon changes back to the default folder icon.
    If you customize the folder, the desktop.ini will be updated.

    It would be possible for every folder to have a desktop.ini if every
    folder has been somehow customized. Some folders may not have one at
    all.

    Folders that do not have a desktop.ini file have never been
    customized. Deleting the desktop.ini will remove any customizations
    from the folder and it will return to the default view.
     
  5. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:fe201f91-0cc2-4440-b017-dd8c8fdf26d7@f8g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...

    > It does not make sense to have a desktop.ini on your desktop (or a
    > thumbs.db if you have that too).



    And if the OP has customised the desktop, which is only a folder after all,
    they WILL have a desktop.ini file, according to what you've just posted
    below...

    >
    > If you have a desktop.ini in a folder you have at some point
    > customized that folder view. For example, enabling thumbnail view.
    > You may have undone the customization later but the desktop.ini file
    > may be left behind.
     
  6. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    Jo-Anne wrote:
    > On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini
    > files. One of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting
    > rid of these files, but all I could find was information about
    > hiding system files, which I don't want to do.
    >
    > At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    > Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample
    > Playlists, one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in
    > Sample Pictures.
    > Are these files necessary? If not, how should I delete them? In
    > some cases I want to delete the folder entirely. For example, I
    > don't need a Sample Pictures or Sample Music folder.


    Turn back on the "Hide protected operating syhstem files (Recommended)"
    checkbox found by (one way) opening "My Computer" and choosing "Tools" -->
    "Options" --> "View" tab... Under "Advanced settings" just above 1/2 way
    down. The box should be *checked*.

    You've made these files visible. Although they are not needed for most
    people, they aren't hurting anything and are normally hidden completely from
    view. Hide them again and move on. ;-)

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  7. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    Thank you, Andrew. If I turn off the Hidden attribute, I suspect I still
    won't be able to delete folders with the desktop.ini file in them until I
    delete desktop.ini. As I mentioned to Alan, I'd like to know if it's OK to
    delete that file in folders that I don't want.

    Jo-Anne

    "Andrew McLaren" <andrew@invalid.domain.com> wrote in message
    news:-OvDksn2vKHA.5036@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > On 9/03/2010 19:30, Jo-Anne wrote:
    >> On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini files.
    >> One
    >> of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting rid of these
    >> files,
    >> but all I could find was information about hiding system files, which I
    >> don't want to do.

    >
    > Hi Jo-Anne
    >
    > These files are used by Windows Explorer, to control how the information
    > in each folder is displayed.
    >
    > Normally, Desktop.ini files have the "Hidden" attribute turned ON; ie,
    > they are hidden, you don't see them. If you are seeing them in a normal
    > user session, you have probably selected the Folder Option to "Show hidden
    > files".
    >
    > Unless you have a strong interest in seeing the hidden files on your
    > system, the best solution is to turn off the Hidden Files option.
    >
    > In Explorer, go to Tools on the menu bar, Folder Options, View, and select
    > the option "Don't show hidden files".
    >
    > The Desktop.ini files will no longer be visible.
    >
    > Hope this helps,
    >
    > Andrew
    >
    > --
    > amclar at optusnet dot com dot au
     
  8. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:fe201f91-0cc2-4440-b017-dd8c8fdf26d7@f8g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
    On Mar 9, 3:30 am, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    > On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini files.
    > One
    > of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting rid of these
    > files,
    > but all I could find was information about hiding system files, which I
    > don't want to do.
    >
    > At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    > Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample Playlists,
    > one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in Sample Pictures.
    >
    > Are these files necessary? If not, how should I delete them? In some cases
    > I
    > want to delete the folder entirely. For example, I don't need a Sample
    > Pictures or Sample Music folder.
    >
    > Thank you!
    >
    > Jo-Anne


    <<It does not make sense to have a desktop.ini on your desktop (or a
    thumbs.db if you have that too). It is unnecessary desktop clutter.
    If you are not sure about it, drag it to the recycle bin and reboot
    and see how things look. You can delete just about any folder you
    want. Windows will warn you if you try to delete some folders that it
    thinks are special. I don't always agree and don't have any Sample
    anything folders. More unnecessary clutter. I am tidy with usually
    only 6-8 desktop icons.

    The desktop.ini file is normally a hidden file so you don't delete it
    accidentally. If you have show hidden files enabled, you may see that
    some folders have the file and some folder do not.

    If you have a desktop.ini in a folder you have at some point
    customized that folder view. For example, enabling thumbnail view.
    You may have undone the customization later but the desktop.ini file
    may be left behind.

    The desktop.ini file is just a text files with parameters and values
    that you can edit to see what is in them or change them. Some are
    more complicated than others.

    Windows will put a simple desktop.ini in certain folders for you so
    you can recognize them when using Explorer. My Music, My Pictures, My
    Videos, etc. If you delete or rename the desktop.ini from these
    folders, the displayed icon changes back to the default folder icon.
    If you customize the folder, the desktop.ini will be updated.

    It would be possible for every folder to have a desktop.ini if every
    folder has been somehow customized. Some folders may not have one at
    all.

    Folders that do not have a desktop.ini file have never been
    customized. Deleting the desktop.ini will remove any customizations
    from the folder and it will return to the default view.>>

    Thank you, Jose! So it looks like I should be able to delete desktop.ini
    files at least in folders I want to get rid of--right? Would it be useful to
    rename the file first to see if there is any problem rather than sending it
    to the Recycle Bin right away?

    Thank you also for the mention of thumbs.db. I have that file on one of my
    flash drives and wondered what it was doing there.

    Jo-Anne
     
  9. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:-OLrNy44vKHA.1692@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Jo-Anne wrote:
    >> On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini
    >> files. One of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting
    >> rid of these files, but all I could find was information about
    >> hiding system files, which I don't want to do.
    >>
    >> At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    >> Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample
    >> Playlists, one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in
    >> Sample Pictures.
    >> Are these files necessary? If not, how should I delete them? In
    >> some cases I want to delete the folder entirely. For example, I
    >> don't need a Sample Pictures or Sample Music folder.

    >
    > Turn back on the "Hide protected operating syhstem files (Recommended)"
    > checkbox found by (one way) opening "My Computer" and choosing "Tools" -->
    > "Options" --> "View" tab... Under "Advanced settings" just above 1/2 way
    > down. The box should be *checked*.
    >
    > You've made these files visible. Although they are not needed for most
    > people, they aren't hurting anything and are normally hidden completely
    > from view. Hide them again and move on. ;-)
    >
    > --
    > Shenan Stanley
    > MS-MVP
    > --
    > How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >

    Thank you, Shenan! But what about getting rid of the folder that the
    desktop.ini file is in? Surely there's no reason to keep, for example,
    Sample Pictures and Sample Music.

    Jo-Anne
     
  10. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Alan Edwards" <edwards@southcom.com.au> wrote in message
    news:q04cp5plj4jp34fv2u4mu2l948baoftp7r@4ax.com...
    > They are necessary.
    > I respectfully suggest you leave them alone.
    > Please Google as to the reason you have them, rather than how you
    > should delete them.
    >
    > ...Alan
    > --
    > Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    > http://dts-l.com/index.htm
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > On Tue, 9 Mar 2010 02:30:42 -0600, in
    > microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini files.
    >>One
    >>of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting rid of these
    >>files,
    >>but all I could find was information about hiding system files, which I
    >>don't want to do.
    >>
    >>At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    >>Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample Playlists,
    >>one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in Sample Pictures.
    >>
    >>Are these files necessary?


    Reposted, since original didn't show up:

    Thank you, Alan--but I'd like to delete certain folders (such as Sample
    Pictures and Sample Music) and can't do that unless I delete the desktop.ini
    file in each one. Is it safe to delete them?

    Jo-Anne
     
  11. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 3/9/2010 10:17 AM On a whim, Jo-Anne pounded out on the keyboard

    > "Jose"<jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:fe201f91-0cc2-4440-b017-dd8c8fdf26d7@f8g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
    > On Mar 9, 3:30 am, "Jo-Anne"<Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    >> On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini files.
    >> One
    >> of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting rid of these
    >> files,
    >> but all I could find was information about hiding system files, which I
    >> don't want to do.
    >>
    >> At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    >> Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample Playlists,
    >> one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in Sample Pictures.
    >>
    >> Are these files necessary? If not, how should I delete them? In some cases
    >> I
    >> want to delete the folder entirely. For example, I don't need a Sample
    >> Pictures or Sample Music folder.
    >>
    >> Thank you!
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne

    >
    > <<It does not make sense to have a desktop.ini on your desktop (or a
    > thumbs.db if you have that too). It is unnecessary desktop clutter.
    > If you are not sure about it, drag it to the recycle bin and reboot
    > and see how things look. You can delete just about any folder you
    > want. Windows will warn you if you try to delete some folders that it
    > thinks are special. I don't always agree and don't have any Sample
    > anything folders. More unnecessary clutter. I am tidy with usually
    > only 6-8 desktop icons.
    >
    > The desktop.ini file is normally a hidden file so you don't delete it
    > accidentally. If you have show hidden files enabled, you may see that
    > some folders have the file and some folder do not.
    >
    > If you have a desktop.ini in a folder you have at some point
    > customized that folder view. For example, enabling thumbnail view.
    > You may have undone the customization later but the desktop.ini file
    > may be left behind.
    >
    > The desktop.ini file is just a text files with parameters and values
    > that you can edit to see what is in them or change them. Some are
    > more complicated than others.
    >
    > Windows will put a simple desktop.ini in certain folders for you so
    > you can recognize them when using Explorer. My Music, My Pictures, My
    > Videos, etc. If you delete or rename the desktop.ini from these
    > folders, the displayed icon changes back to the default folder icon.
    > If you customize the folder, the desktop.ini will be updated.
    >
    > It would be possible for every folder to have a desktop.ini if every
    > folder has been somehow customized. Some folders may not have one at
    > all.
    >
    > Folders that do not have a desktop.ini file have never been
    > customized. Deleting the desktop.ini will remove any customizations
    > from the folder and it will return to the default view.>>
    >
    > Thank you, Jose! So it looks like I should be able to delete desktop.ini
    > files at least in folders I want to get rid of--right? Would it be useful to
    > rename the file first to see if there is any problem rather than sending it
    > to the Recycle Bin right away?
    >
    > Thank you also for the mention of thumbs.db. I have that file on one of my
    > flash drives and wondered what it was doing there.
    >
    > Jo-Anne
    >
    >


    Hi Jo-Anne,

    If you have any folders that you have set to show Thumbnails, the
    thumbs.db is created. You can delete it if you want, since if you
    choose to view the folder using Thumbnails at another time, it will be
    recreated.

    Like others have said, you can delete desktop.ini if you don't care if
    the layout of the folder is saved, like any backgrounds you may have
    applied or folder icons, etc..


    Terry R.
    --
    Anti-spam measures are included in my email address.
    Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.
     
  12. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 3/9/2010 10:19 AM On a whim, Jo-Anne pounded out on the keyboard

    > "Shenan Stanley"<newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:-OLrNy44vKHA.1692@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>> On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini
    >>> files. One of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting
    >>> rid of these files, but all I could find was information about
    >>> hiding system files, which I don't want to do.
    >>>
    >>> At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    >>> Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample
    >>> Playlists, one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in
    >>> Sample Pictures.
    >>> Are these files necessary? If not, how should I delete them? In
    >>> some cases I want to delete the folder entirely. For example, I
    >>> don't need a Sample Pictures or Sample Music folder.

    >> Turn back on the "Hide protected operating syhstem files (Recommended)"
    >> checkbox found by (one way) opening "My Computer" and choosing "Tools" -->
    >> "Options" --> "View" tab... Under "Advanced settings" just above 1/2 way
    >> down. The box should be *checked*.
    >>
    >> You've made these files visible. Although they are not needed for most
    >> people, they aren't hurting anything and are normally hidden completely
    >> from view. Hide them again and move on. ;-)
    >>
    >> --
    >> Shenan Stanley
    >> MS-MVP
    >> --
    >> How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    >> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >>

    > Thank you, Shenan! But what about getting rid of the folder that the
    > desktop.ini file is in? Surely there's no reason to keep, for example,
    > Sample Pictures and Sample Music.
    >
    > Jo-Anne
    >
    >


    You can delete them also.


    Terry R.
    --
    Anti-spam measures are included in my email address.
    Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.
     
  13. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    <snip>

    > Hi Jo-Anne,
    >
    > If you have any folders that you have set to show Thumbnails, the
    > thumbs.db is created. You can delete it if you want, since if you choose
    > to view the folder using Thumbnails at another time, it will be recreated.
    >
    > Like others have said, you can delete desktop.ini if you don't care if the
    > layout of the folder is saved, like any backgrounds you may have applied
    > or folder icons, etc..
    >
    >
    > Terry R.
    > --
    > Anti-spam measures are included in my email address.
    > Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.


    Thank you, Terry! I'll go ahead and delete them--one at a time--to see what,
    if anything, changes.

    Jo-Anne
     
  14. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    <snip>

    >>>

    >> Thank you, Shenan! But what about getting rid of the folder that the
    >> desktop.ini file is in? Surely there's no reason to keep, for example,
    >> Sample Pictures and Sample Music.
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne
    >>
    >>

    >
    > You can delete them also.
    >
    >
    > Terry R.
    > --
    > Anti-spam measures are included in my email address.
    > Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.


    Thank you, Terry! Will do!

    Jo-Anne
     
  15. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 9, 1:17 pm, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    > "Jose" <jose_e...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:fe201f91-0cc2-4440-b017-dd8c8fdf26d7@f8g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
    > On Mar 9, 3:30 am, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini files.
    > > One
    > > of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting rid of these
    > > files,
    > > but all I could find was information about hiding system files, which I
    > > don't want to do.

    >
    > > At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    > > Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample Playlists,
    > > one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in Sample Pictures.

    >
    > > Are these files necessary? If not, how should I delete them? In some cases
    > > I
    > > want to delete the folder entirely. For example, I don't need a Sample
    > > Pictures or Sample Music folder.

    >
    > > Thank you!

    >
    > > Jo-Anne

    >
    > <<It does not make sense to have a desktop.ini on your desktop (or a
    > thumbs.db if you have that too).  It is unnecessary desktop clutter.
    > If you are not sure about it, drag it to the recycle bin and reboot
    > and see how things look.  You can delete just about any folder you
    > want.  Windows will warn you if you try to delete some folders that it
    > thinks are special.  I don't always agree and don't have any Sample
    > anything folders.  More unnecessary clutter.  I am tidy with usually
    > only 6-8 desktop icons.
    >
    > The desktop.ini file is normally a hidden file so you don't delete it
    > accidentally.  If you have show hidden files enabled, you may see that
    > some folders have the file and some folder do not.
    >
    > If you have a desktop.ini in a folder you have at some point
    > customized that folder view.  For example, enabling thumbnail view.
    > You may have undone the customization later but the desktop.ini file
    > may be left behind.
    >
    > The desktop.ini file is just a text files with parameters and values
    > that you can edit to see what is in them or change them.  Some are
    > more complicated than others.
    >
    > Windows will put a simple desktop.ini in certain folders for you so
    > you can recognize them when using Explorer.  My Music, My Pictures, My
    > Videos, etc.  If you delete or rename the desktop.ini from these
    > folders, the displayed icon changes back to the default folder icon.
    > If you customize the folder, the desktop.ini will be updated.
    >
    > It would be possible for every folder to have a desktop.ini if every
    > folder has been somehow customized.  Some folders may not have one at
    > all.
    >
    > Folders that do not have a desktop.ini file have never been
    > customized.  Deleting the desktop.ini will remove any customizations
    > from the folder and it will return to the default view.>>
    >
    > Thank you, Jose! So it looks like I should be able to delete desktop.ini
    > files at least in folders I want to get rid of--right? Would it be usefulto
    > rename the file first to see if there is any problem rather than sending it
    > to the Recycle Bin right away?
    >
    > Thank you also for the mention of thumbs.db. I have that file on one of my
    > flash drives and wondered what it was doing there.
    >
    > Jo-Anne


    Of course you have a thumbs.db in some folders and maybe on your
    desktop. Delete the desktop ones at least, they do not make sense and
    to me it is poor housekeeping.

    Neither are required for normal operation.

    If the files do not exist, you get default views - that is the way
    most folders start. The My... folders have one built in, but it is
    not required. You can delete or ignore a lot of the folders XP
    creates for your user accounts, if you are not allowed, XP will
    complain. I don't have any of that junk on my system.

    Depending on what you have done when viewing the folders and their
    contents, if you rename or delete the .ini or .db files and change the
    views again, a new one will be created if appropriate.

    I like to have hidden files and show extensions enabled too. It shows
    more stuff that might not make sense to some people but it makes sense
    to me. They are disabled "for your own good". Silly Microsoft.

    If you are not sure, rename, reboot, test and then decide what to do
    without wondering if things are okay.
     
  16. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 3/9/2010 12:44 PM On a whim, Jo-Anne pounded out on the keyboard

    > <snip>
    >
    >>> Thank you, Shenan! But what about getting rid of the folder that the
    >>> desktop.ini file is in? Surely there's no reason to keep, for example,
    >>> Sample Pictures and Sample Music.
    >>>
    >>> Jo-Anne
    >>>
    >>>

    >> You can delete them also.
    >>
    >>
    >> Terry R.
    >> --
    >> Anti-spam measures are included in my email address.
    >> Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.

    >
    > Thank you, Terry! Will do!
    >
    > Jo-Anne
    >
    >


    You're welcome Jo-Anne.


    Terry R.
    --
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    Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.
     
  17. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    <snip>

    > Thank you, Jose! So it looks like I should be able to delete desktop.ini
    > files at least in folders I want to get rid of--right? Would it be useful
    > to
    > rename the file first to see if there is any problem rather than sending
    > it
    > to the Recycle Bin right away?
    >
    > Thank you also for the mention of thumbs.db. I have that file on one of my
    > flash drives and wondered what it was doing there.
    >
    > Jo-Anne



    <<Of course you have a thumbs.db in some folders and maybe on your
    desktop. Delete the desktop ones at least, they do not make sense and
    to me it is poor housekeeping.

    Neither are required for normal operation.

    If the files do not exist, you get default views - that is the way
    most folders start. The My... folders have one built in, but it is
    not required. You can delete or ignore a lot of the folders XP
    creates for your user accounts, if you are not allowed, XP will
    complain. I don't have any of that junk on my system.

    Depending on what you have done when viewing the folders and their
    contents, if you rename or delete the .ini or .db files and change the
    views again, a new one will be created if appropriate.

    I like to have hidden files and show extensions enabled too. It shows
    more stuff that might not make sense to some people but it makes sense
    to me. They are disabled "for your own good". Silly Microsoft.

    If you are not sure, rename, reboot, test and then decide what to do
    without wondering if things are okay.>>


    Thank you again, Jose! I deleted the desktop.ini files from all the My
    Documents folders and subfolders on my netbook, rebooted, and everything
    looks fine. Now I'll work on my two other computers.

    Jo-Anne
     
  18. Lem

    Lem Flightless Bird

    Jo-Anne wrote:
    > "Alan Edwards" <edwards@southcom.com.au> wrote in message
    > news:q04cp5plj4jp34fv2u4mu2l948baoftp7r@4ax.com...
    >> They are necessary.
    >> I respectfully suggest you leave them alone.
    >> Please Google as to the reason you have them, rather than how you
    >> should delete them.
    >>
    >> ...Alan
    >> --
    >> Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    >> http://dts-l.com/index.htm
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> On Tue, 9 Mar 2010 02:30:42 -0600, in
    >> microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini files.
    >>> One
    >>> of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting rid of these
    >>> files,
    >>> but all I could find was information about hiding system files, which I
    >>> don't want to do.
    >>>
    >>> At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    >>> Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample Playlists,
    >>> one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in Sample Pictures.
    >>>
    >>> Are these files necessary?

    >
    > Reposted, since original didn't show up:
    >
    > Thank you, Alan--but I'd like to delete certain folders (such as Sample
    > Pictures and Sample Music) and can't do that unless I delete the desktop.ini
    > file in each one. Is it safe to delete them?
    >
    > Jo-Anne
    >
    >


    If you had followed Alan's suggestion, you would have found that
    desktop.ini is a Windows XP system file that stores information about
    customized folders. If you have customized the display of a folder in
    any way, such as changing its icon or manner of display, Windows has
    saved those settings in a desktop.ini file.

    If you're curious, you can look at the contents of a desktop.ini file
    using Notepad.

    If you're going to delete a folder, then you obviously don't care about
    any customizations relating to that folder. So yes, go ahead and delete
    the desktop.ini files in any folders that you are about to delete.
    --
    Lem

    Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/index.html
     
  19. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Lem" <lemp40@unknownhost> wrote in message
    news:uyPydDHwKHA.5940@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Jo-Anne wrote:
    >> "Alan Edwards" <edwards@southcom.com.au> wrote in message
    >> news:q04cp5plj4jp34fv2u4mu2l948baoftp7r@4ax.com...
    >>> They are necessary.
    >>> I respectfully suggest you leave them alone.
    >>> Please Google as to the reason you have them, rather than how you
    >>> should delete them.
    >>>
    >>> ...Alan
    >>> --
    >>> Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    >>> http://dts-l.com/index.htm
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> On Tue, 9 Mar 2010 02:30:42 -0600, in
    >>> microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com>
    >>> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> On my three Windows XP computers, I have a number of desktop.ini files.
    >>>> One
    >>>> of them is even on the desktop itself. I Googled getting rid of these
    >>>> files,
    >>>> but all I could find was information about hiding system files, which I
    >>>> don't want to do.
    >>>>
    >>>> At the moment, on just my netbook, there is a desktop.ini file in My
    >>>> Documents, one in My Music, one in Sample Music, one in Sample
    >>>> Playlists,
    >>>> one in Sync Playlists, one in My Pictures, and one in Sample Pictures.
    >>>>
    >>>> Are these files necessary?

    >>
    >> Reposted, since original didn't show up:
    >>
    >> Thank you, Alan--but I'd like to delete certain folders (such as Sample
    >> Pictures and Sample Music) and can't do that unless I delete the
    >> desktop.ini
    >> file in each one. Is it safe to delete them?
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne

    >
    > If you had followed Alan's suggestion, you would have found that
    > desktop.ini is a Windows XP system file that stores information about
    > customized folders. If you have customized the display of a folder in any
    > way, such as changing its icon or manner of display, Windows has saved
    > those settings in a desktop.ini file.
    >
    > If you're curious, you can look at the contents of a desktop.ini file
    > using Notepad.
    >
    > If you're going to delete a folder, then you obviously don't care about
    > any customizations relating to that folder. So yes, go ahead and delete
    > the desktop.ini files in any folders that you are about to delete.
    > --
    > Lem
    >
    > Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
    > http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/index.html


    Thank you, Lem! I first deleted the desktop.ini files in several
    folders--with no discernible effect. Then I deleted the folders I no longer
    wanted. So far so good.

    Jo-Anne
     

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