Confused about desktop.ini icons

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  1. compiler

    compiler New Member

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    Lately I've noticed two identical appearing icons on my desktop, entitled desktop.ini.

    Do I need these. I'm trying to reduce the clutter.

    One says last modified 8/8/10 and the other 6/26/10.

    When I start to delete it, it says it is a system file.

    Can I delete it?

    Mel
     
  2. Joe S

    Joe S Excellent Member

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    These are hidden files. Go into folder options and view and find hide protected system files and put a check in there.
    Joe
     
  3. compiler

    compiler New Member

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    But I do not want to hide system files!

    Mel
     
  4. compiler

    compiler New Member

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    I wonder if I can just delete the older one?
    Mel
     
  5. davehc

    davehc Microsoft MVP
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    I make a hobby/pastime of installing for others. In order to apply my basic customisation for others, I find it useful, temporarily, to unhide everything. The first thing I do is delete those two .inis. I have not yet seen any ill effects from doing so.
     

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