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Re: Desktop.ini

Postby Thorsten Matzner » Wed, 27 Aug 2003 01:50:49 GMT

No problem.


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"Manuel Lopez" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in message 
news: XXXX@XXXXX.COM ...
> Yes, to clarify, I selected the options to show all hidden files, 
> including the option to unhide protected os files.
> It's annoying that there's no way to get rid of the desktop.ini icon from 
> the desktop in this configuration (which would be the configuration I 
> recommend).
> "Jeff" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in message 
> news: XXXX@XXXXX.COM ...
>> Manuel,
>> Ya sure you have"show hidden files" checked; and not "Hide protected 
>> operating system files" unchecked?
>> Because if you uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" it will 
>> show those .ini files.
>> Just checking "show hidden files and folders" does not show .ini files on 
>> the desktop.
>> Running "show hidden files and folders" as I type;and no .ini files show 
>> up.
>> Leave the "Hide protected operating system files(Recommended)" box 
>> checked and check-(radio button actually) the "Show hidden files and 
>> folders" button in the "Hidden files and folders" folder.
>> Jeff
>> "Manuel Lopez" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in message 
>> news: XXXX@XXXXX.COM ...
>>>I have "show hidden files" on in Windows explorer.  That has the 
>>>side-effect of making desktop.ini icons appear on the desktop.  Can I 
>>>prevent those icons from appearing?  (Deleting the icons gives a 
>>>warning--that it will make Windows unstable.)  Thanks.

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