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Safe To Delete Desktop.Ini?


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Gregg123

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Hi,
This one is probably quite simple for you guys!

I am organising some old folders, including my music. I have an external hard drive with loads of stuff I have saved from different computers, especially previous jobs. I have a folder called My Music, so I moved everything inside to another folder - but it is telling me there is still something in the folder, but I can't see it! (I won't delete a Folder unless it tells me it is 'empty'!).

So, I enabled Hidden Files, and there is this thing: Desktop.Ini Configuration Settings.

What happens if I delete Desktop.Ini & is it safe to do so?

On a similar theme, I found the answer to this - but I just want to confirm that I can safely delete Thumbs.db which gives me a similar problem on occasion. I have disabled their future creation (do not cache thumbnails) but it appears to make absolutely no difference - they do not appear to be being created BUT everything works exactly the same. What exactly have I done?? :)

Thanks in advance,

Gregg
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rshaffer61

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If you delete Deskto.ini then you will have no desktop. That is the file that windows uses to start your desktop settings. Folders, colors, arrangement, shortcuts.
Thumbs is not a problem as I do the same with mine.
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Thanks for that.

So why are there lots of Desktop.ini in different folders? Plus, why would my desktop settings be stored on my external hard drive. For once - it wasn't me!!

BTW - have you disabled Thumbs future creation (do not cache thumbnails option in Control Panel > Folder Options).
What exactly does this do? May be total coincidence by my entire machine seems to be running slower since I changed it. :)

Cheers.
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Desktop ini in each folder holds the location, size, link for that folder
No I have not done the option you speak of as I just delete them. They don't bother me. I believe thumbs is just a snapshot of the folder as far as the contents. I may be wrong but it seems thats all it is.

Edited by rshaffer61, 16 April 2009 - 08:26 AM.

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