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Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by keno-ken, May 26, 2015.

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  1. keno-ken

    keno-ken Thread Starter

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    I have recently purchased an HP 8.1 All in one. I cant give you the computer stats at this stage as are am still working my way through several other problems. Yesterday, after a prompt from Trend Micro Security, I did a restart..For some odd reason, after the restart, my activation key for eM Client, my default email was deleted. I was able to obtain the activation key from eM Client and did another restart. No problems there except two Desktop.ini. Icons appeared on the desktop. having gone from XP to 8.1, I didnt have a clue what to do so I sent thme to the trash bin.

    Do these Icons serve any purpose and have I done the right thing by sending them to the trash bin. :confused:
     

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  2. Tabvla

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    Desktop.ini is an important system file and it is not recommended that you delete it as this will affect some important settings for the current user, amongst others, the system, read-only, hidden.... and other file attributes.

    The file normally resides on the Desktop but is usually hidden. To hide the file go to Folder Options > View and scroll down until you see "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)". Tick the box next to this option and Desktop.ini will disappear from the Desktop.

    T.
     
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    On this one I disagree with Tabvla--not that there is anything wrong with his advice; it's just that I have the opposite view. I always want to see the file extensions, and one of the first things I do with a new system is to turn them on.

    I delete desktop.ini every time it appears on the desktop (Windows 8.1, 8, 7 and I think it started in Vista). Never had any issues because of it. It comes back when it feels like doing so. Have I just been lucky for years in this regard?
     
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    Now I'm totally confused.being very new to Windows 8.1 after using XP for many years. I'll wait awhile to see if there are anymore opinions. Everything seems to be running ok at the moment.. A Question : Can I restore the icons to the Desktop??
     
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    Perhaps TerryNet and I are referring to different file settings. There are different settings for viewing/hiding "file extensions" and for viewing/hiding "protected operating system files". The one does not impact on the other.

    The attached diagram illustrates how to set the file viewing options - see attached "Setting File Views.jpg".

    T.
     

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    You still havent answered my question Tabvla. Can I restore the Icons from the Recycle Bin to the Desktop. ko
     
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    Whoops. You're right. Don't know where my mind was while my fingers were typing. :( "Hide operating system files" is something I turn off early when I turn file extensions on.
     
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    You still havent answered my question Tabvla. Can I restore the Icons from the Recycle Bin to the Desktop. Then I'll go from there??
     
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    If I understand the question correctly then the answer is "Yes".

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    Ok. Sorry to give you the run around. What I'm concerned about is the properties of the two ini files that appeared may have changed when I sent them to the recycle bin as I did notice a thick green line ran across the screen when I deleted the larger of the two files 446 bytes, so there is my concern. What might happen when I restore them to the Desktop. Just to reiterate, the computer seems to be running faultlessly atm.
     
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    I would restore them. They contain configurations and customizations of folder views or icons, etc. so they do serve a purpose. When you right-click them in the Recycle Bin and select restore they will be returned to the original location and state they were in before deletion.
     
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    Thanks Cookiegal. Having had you solve many problems for me over the years, I trust your judgement., and thanks Tabvla and all involved for your help. I have restored both to the Desktop. They are both sort of transparent looking so they arent annoying at all. I wont mark this solved for now. I'll leave it go a couple of days to make sure everything is running normally. Its a big jump to go from XP straight to 8.1 so I'm virtually starting from scratch. No doubt there will be more to come'. Regards Ken
     
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    You're welcome. I also went from XP to 8.1 so I know the feeling. I moved my desktop.ini files to the upper right-hand corner of my desktop and all of my other icons are stacked up along the left side so they don't bother me at all. :)
     
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    And don't forget that the protected system file icons are easy to hide. If they become annoying then return to Post #5 and take another look at the diagram that I attached.

    My personal preference is to show filename extensions but hide protected operating system files.

    T.
     
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    Thankyou Tab. I have taken both yours and Cookiegal's advise. I have restored both Desktop.ini. Icons to the Desktop with all properties intact and, as part of my learning curve on 8.1, I have also followed your instructions on post #5. No offence to you Cookiegal. You and I have a long relationship on TSG which I value. It was just something that I had to do. Thankyou all :D.
     
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