What is Desktop.ini on the desktop?

If you have shown hidden files enabled then it might be more then possible you one day see this file appear on your desktop, especially after re-installation Windows and copying the old configuration during the installation process.

What does this file do?

This file saves the configuration and customization of a specific folder, in this case the desktop folder. Some examples of data saved within this file:

  • Custom Folder Icon
  • Size of buttons
  • List type
  • and so on..

Can I delete this file?

The simple answer is yes, however Windows might try to rebuild them if it needs to, in most cases however this file will stay away forever. Be aware that of course all configuration and customization of the specific folder is lost!

Example of Content

If you curious what’s in the file, this was in the file of the screenshot for this post:

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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