Show Protected Operating System Files and Hidden Folders

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by BrunoReX, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. BrunoReX

    BrunoReX MDL Novice

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    When using XP, if you enabled both options, you wouldn't get desktop.ini files showing in the Desktop view.

    Anyone know why Microsoft changed that? Or maybe they forgot about it...

    It's kinda anoying... there's a way to hide them only in the Desktop view?
     
  2. NuBiXx

    NuBiXx MDL Novice

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    Can you, right click -> Properties then check Hidden.
     
  3. Rosco

    Rosco MDL Addicted

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    No - it is already ticked and the checkbox is grayed out - inaccessible. I think they did this deliberately originally in Vista - they think we're all idiots who should use the computer how they want us to.

    I know of no way to change this - would appreciate the tip if there is one - so I only show OS system file as necessary and hide again after.
     
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  4. bertikul

    bertikul MDL Member

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  5. BrunoReX

    BrunoReX MDL Novice

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    #5 BrunoReX, Jan 11, 2010
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    But it's safe to delete desktop.ini files? I thought they were needed to make the folder "special" like Desktop, My Documents, etc... :confused:
     
  6. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    If you are used to keeping your desktop "as is", it won't be a problem.
    If you are one to add and remove icons and other stuff to and from your desktop, it will be, cause for one, it will simply add the desktop.ini file to your desktop again, every time you add for instance a new icon.
     
  7. BrunoReX

    BrunoReX MDL Novice

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    By "icons" you mean shortcuts or actually changing folder icons?
     
  8. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    desktop icons, or copy/pasting anything on your desktop, etc...
     
  9. BrunoReX

    BrunoReX MDL Novice

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    Okay. This bothered me so much I used Hide Folders 2009 to hide them.