How to get rid of desktop.ini files

windows xp logoProblem: Many of us still use Windows XP operating system and more often sometimes you might have noted that a file named desktop.ini is almost there on your computer. You might encounter with a question now, Yes! What is this, and how can I get rid of this file and is it an important file like if I delete this would it harm my desktop or laptop?

Solution: Basically, desktop.ini is a Windows XP system file which stores the information about the customized folders. If you have customized the folder display in any manner like changing of icon or even the manner of display, Windows saves these settings in a form of desktop.ini file. Desktop.ini file is a hidden file and tells the operating system about the customization of the folder.

Deleting these files will just remove all the customizations set by you. Generally, this will not damage the system but when these files are deleted then these files tend to get rebuild in the system. There’s no way to delete these files but there’s a way with which next time you will not find the file called desktop.ini file in your computer as all these system files can be made hidden by following a simple procedure.

desktop ini

Procedure to hide desktop.ini files:

  • First you need to right click on Start and need to select Explore. As soon as windows explorer opens up, click on Tools and select Folder options as shown below:


  • After clicking on folder options, a new window will be opening up where you need to click on the View option out of three options, General, View and Search.

view folder options

  • Now, as shown above you will have to check on option Do not show hidden files and folders by selecting on it and also select on the option Hide protected operating system files (recommended) by selecting on the radio button. Now, after selecting all the options, click on Ok.

Now, you will not find the file called desktop.ini anywhere in your desktop or laptop after performing above procedure as now all system files will be hidden including the desktop.ini file.

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