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    Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

    I helped a neighbor install Vista today. Things went relatively well with two exceptions.

    Every time we put a shortcut on the desktop, another shortcut called desktop.ini would be generated. The other problem is displaying folders of pictures. The icons all display the same sample picture instead of a thumbnail of the actual picture (see attachment).

    This does not happen with my installation of Vista. I know it's probably just a check mark present or absent in some options list somewhere, but <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> if I can find it. Any suggestions where to look?

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    Re: Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

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    Re: Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

    If you have "Hide Protected Operating System Files" not checked the desktop.ini file will be displayed.

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    Re: Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

    That did it! Thanks, Joe.

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    Re: Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

    I dunno, Joe. You're right in that when I check mark "Hide Protected Operating System Files" the desktop.ini icon is not displayed. But as a matter of course, on my computer, I always "Show hidden files and folders" and never "Hide extensions for known file types" nor "Hide Protected Operating System Files". Yet I do not get the desktop.ini icon on my desktop. Could there possibly be some other option I'm missing?

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    Re: Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

    Desktop.ini contains folder customization information. See some of the links at desktop.ini - Live Search for more details.

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    Re: Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

    Thanks for the links, Joe. I'll look into this to see if I can determine what is happening.

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    Re: Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

    Only two settings in the Folder Options | View list are marked as Recommended, and this is one of them.

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    Re: Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

    Peter, it's not clear to me what you are trying to tell me. Are you suggesting that I adhere to the recommended settings?

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    Re: Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

    To the best of my recollection, the settings for XP had 'recommended' plastered all over the map. I recall violating a significant number of recommendations in making my choices.

    In Vista there are only two recommended settings, which suggests that Microsoft is being more selective and possibly more responsive to user choices or to freedom of choice.

    Maybe they know something we don't know. I can say that this was a welcome thread that led me to change my own settings.

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    Re: Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

    <hr>...thread that led me to change my own settings. <hr>
    How so?

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    Re: Desktop.ini (Vista SP1 Ultimate)

    <hr>But as a matter of course, on my computer, I always "Show hidden files and folders" and never "Hide extensions for known file types" nor "Hide Protected Operating System Files"<hr>
    I may have misspoken here. The absence of a check mark besides "Hide Protected Operating System Files" may have been an inadvertent leftover of my looking into how recovery partitions are protected/hidden (see <post#=744,973>post 744,973</post#>).

    Sorry if I sent anyone off on a wild goose chase. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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