Desktop.ini files: what is it and can I get rid of them?
Many users working with Windows-based computers sometimes notice the appearance of several Desktop.ini files on the desktop. To many, this is surprising, to say the least. In this case, it is worthwhile to dwell in more detail on what causes Desktop.ini files to appear on the workspace. What kind of objects, then will be discussed in more detail. But I immediately want to warn all users that there may be several such files in the work area (this is normal).
Desktop.ini files: what is it?
First of all, it is worthwhile to dwell on the fact that they are the files themselves that have such an extension. Many users after the appearance of such objects on the desktop begin to panic, mistakenly considering them viruses or the consequences of their impact on the computer system. This is not true.
INI files in any Windows operating system are configuration settings. Note the extension: INI stands for Initialization.That is, in the free workspace, it is the settings of parameters of some programs or system processes that are currently involved, although, in theory, they should not be visible, since usually the system configuration and its settings are hidden from the user's eyes. Sometimes the settings may relate specifically to changing the display of the working area of the screen when you start some application.
Why do files appear on the desktop?
So why then does the user see several Desktop.ini files? What are these objects, and why are they needed? Do not be afraid. Whether you like it or not, these objects are constantly present on the desktop. Just with the standard settings, they are not displayed. Apparently, if such files are visible, the user changed the display settings for hidden or protected system objects.
In this case, you need to call the most common "Explorer", use the "View" menu and check the display options for the above system files (not hidden files and folders, namely protected objects). If the parameters are not ticked, you just need to put it, after which the desktop will appear in front of the user without these files.
But do not rush to hide these objects. The fact is that these types of files can sometimes contain very important information regarding the settings of some programs.
If you look at the desktop, you can open the file quite simply using the standard Notepad, which is available in any version of Windows. You can use the right-click menu with the choice of the line “Open with ...” or simply call the main application and open it through the main file menu.
Now look at the contents. As a rule, there are only two lines. The first one refers to the initialization of the Shell class, the second points to the dynamic library DLL used for configuration, which is usually located in the System32 system directory.
Desktop.ini (Windows 7): Should I Delete Files?
Many users naturally ask themselves a question related to the removal of these objects: "Is it worth it?".
In principle, it is not recommended to delete such configurators, although even in this case nothing special will happen to the system. Another thing is that some user settings will “fly off”, and at the most inappropriate moment.But these are just the consequences of careless handling of INI files. It is much easier and safer to change the attributes of files so that they are not visible in the workspace.
It goes without saying that these types of files, like all the others, can be hidden. To do this, in the simplest case, do the following:
- through the menu of the PCM on the file, call the section "Properties";
- On the tab of general parameters in the section of attributes we tick the item “Hidden”;
- Save the changes (the button "Apply" or immediately "OK").
But that is not all. Now you need to enter the "Explorer", use the "View" menu and in the list that appears prohibit the display of protected system files. Only after that there will be no trace of them on the desktop.
These are the Desktop.ini files. What kind of objects, for sure, you already understand. Finally, there is only one question: “What kind of configuration do these files belong to?”. In most cases, the user deals with the usual background processes of the operating system itself. However, we will not exclude the option that some user program, by default, saves its own settings on the desktop. When hiding files, nothing terrible will happen.The application initially provides for accessing such a configurator, despite the fact that it may have an attribute of the hidden. But you should not delete such files. Anything can happen? Keep in mind that some programs will have to be reinstalled again. And if serious software "flies", then the setup can take a lot of time.
In addition, separately worth paying attention to at the time that related applications or used libraries in some cases can no longer be loaded into RAM in the automatic mode, which was provided in the configurator (even when starting the main program). Then, at best, the application or software package will have to be reinstalled, which can also take valuable time.
So, we can conclude that such files are better hidden, not deleted. They have no effect on the speed of the system in terms of the use of RAM or the load on the central processor.