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    Unable to delete Desktop.ini file in windows 8

    I am windows 8 user.Right from the first day, I have noticed that whenever I turn my computer On, there is an icon with name "desktop.ini" on desktop. It seems useless an I don't want to see it on my desktop. The strange thing about it is that I have deleted it many times but it appears all the time in my desktop.My antivirus is also not detecting it as virus.What is this?

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    Re: Unable to delete Desktop.ini file in windows 8



    It is not a virus and that's probably be the reason why your antivirus is not able to detect it as virus."Deskop.ini" represent a system file with Hidden and Read-only attributes so most of the time users never observe this file.You are able to see this file because you have disabled very important function in Folder Option which says "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)". If you don't want to see "Desktop.ini" icon on your desktop then follow the below given steps:
    • Open Windows Explorer.
    • Now click Organize>Folder>Search Options>View Tab
    • Check the checkbox which says "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)"
    • You are done now.You won't see "Desktop.ini" again.

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    Re: Unable to delete Desktop.ini file in windows 8

    Hi friend,

    You can delete the desktop.ini file in windows 8.For this you should know the basic deletion process.

    +++ Steps to delete desktop.ini file in windows 8 :

    1. First of turn on the windows 8 system.

    2. Now tap the search option in start up menu.

    3. A new windows will open with search box.So,enter the desktop.ini file name.

    4. Hit the search option.

    5. Now your file will be displayed.

    6. Select the desktop.ini file.

    7. Go go the options.

    8. Press the delete option.

    Thank you..............

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    Re: Unable to delete Desktop.ini file in windows 8

    hello guest !!

    the file called desktop.ini is windows system file.


    Enabling the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) setting in Folder Options hides the two Desktop.ini files, as well. To access the Folder Options, open Windows Explorer, click Organize, click Folder and Search Options and select the View tab.



    My solution was to do this:

    Using the command line with administrator privileges (right click Command Prompt, Run as administrator), I ran the following commands:



    cd\

    attrib /s +h desktop.ini

    exit



    Doing this will make all the desktop.ini files hidden. Not the most "clean" solution, since they're all still there and taking up disk space, but I had around 360 desktop.ini files and they totaled about 1.5 MB on disk, so I can live with it.



    thanks for posting in EALP
    Pushp Singh

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    Re: Unable to delete Desktop.ini file in windows 8

    Well, Well, its not a virus for sure!

    IF so then windows defender or your antivirus will detect it!

    It's one of the part of the windows files which is responsible for desktop!

    I think you changed some properties in view option!

    Follow these steps to resolve your issue,

    1:Go to my computer or computer

    2:In computer or my computer, you will see view option in title bar

    3:Press that view option

    4:In view ribbon, select options

    5:In options go to, view tab

    6:In view tab, Expand hidden files and folders

    7:IN that option, select don't show hidden files, folders or drives, radio button

    8:Finally click on, apply followed by Ok

    That's it over!

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    Re: Unable to delete Desktop.ini file in windows 8

    HelloDesktop.ini is a hidden file placed in every folder. When you try to view a particular folder this file will tell Operating System how to appeared that folder to user. If you customize any folder with Microsoft available icon than this file will store in your customized folder and hold all the customize setting. This file always hidden and don't make any harm to your computer so don't worry about that. To delete this file follow these steps... --->Open folder where you saw the Desktop.ini file.--->Select and right click on it and than click Delete.--->This file will delete after doing so.But after some times that file will create in that folder automatically. Don't worry about that file this file will not make any harm for your computer.Thank you good luck......

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    Re: Unable to delete Desktop.ini file in windows 8

    ################################################## ##############################################

    Don’t worry you have to follow the few steps to stop this file.


    :: Press the ctrl+E and then you see the home, share, view option under it.


    :: Then you have to hit the view option and select the last option that is “option “and then press the again “view” option.


    :: Now 10th option in the panel you have to check the box of “Hide protected operating system files”.


    :: This will fix the problem OK.

    Done..

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    Re: Unable to delete Desktop.ini file in windows 8

    Hi,

    Don't worry once restart the device and follow the below procedure for deleting desktop .ini file
    Turn on the system once,
    Now locate the file you want o delete,
    Select it,
    Go to the options,
    Press delete option.

    After this restart the system.

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    Re: Unable to delete Desktop.ini file in windows 8

    Hello dear,...........
    If you want to delete the file use third party app named fileshredder....

    I think it is the file responsible for desktop and you can hide it by selecting the properties and mark hidden and OK....
    now tap on don't show hidden files in folder options.....it will be hidden you will not see it.....

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    Hope you understand.........

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    Re: Unable to delete Desktop.ini file in windows 8

    Hello Friend,

    Just Try Some Steps Are :


    >> Firstly Use Your PC As Safe Mode

    >> And Delete The File From The Desktop

    >> After That Restart The System And Access The OS As Normal Mode

    >> And Installed The Antivirus And Scan Whole System.

    I Hope That Info Is Usefully

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    Re: Unable to delete Desktop.ini file in windows 8

    Hello
    Do not worry, Just try to remove it using safe mode
    In windows 8 safe boot option has been changed.

    Just follow these to enter into safe mode

    -->Press "Windows key + C" which will open charm bar

    -->in that press "settings" which opens settings charm

    -->Now press control panel at the bottom which opens "PC settings"

    -->In that press "general" at the left hand side which opens general settings at right hand side

    -->Now press "Advanced Start-up" which will give you the options for safe mode for the next startup

    Thank you!


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