Confused about desktop.ini icons

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?


Joe S

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

But I do not want to hide system files!


I wonder if I can just delete the older one?


Essential Member
Premium Supporter
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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