desktop.ini - how do you get the system to create it

Posted on 2011-03-08
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Last Modified: 2012-06-04
I'm trying to figure out when the desktop.ini file is created.  I've tried changing the view of a folder etc but it still doesn't get created.  Does anyone know what function actually causes the file to be created or amended in Windows XP SP3
Question by:joycehbrand

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You do have hidden files and folders as show?  the desktop.ini is a defaults file and should be there on first boot iirc.

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Yes I do.  I'm looking for one within My Documents folder
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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you have to uncheck hide protected operating system files

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I've done that already.  I had one and deleted it.  I'm tried to work out how they created in the first place.

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The_Sorcerer earned 1000 total points
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The file "Desktop.ini" keeps the preferences for the layout of a folder. If there is any deviation from the standard layout of a folder, then a Desktop.ini is created.

Most probably you unchecked the option "Remember each folder's view settings" in the Folder Options/View (or similar) settings from Windows Explorer.

With that option enabled ("Remember each folder's view settings") , Desktop.ini should be created each time you customize the folder.


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