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    I followed the "10 great "Do these first" tweakes for windows 7. Two of the tweakes I tried.

    I resized the icons with Ctrl/mouse wheel and got a desktop.ini file on my desktop.

    I unhid system files and got a further desktop.ini on the desktop which I understand can be deleted.

    My query is, can I also delete the desktop.ini that I appear to have on my desktop when I resized my icons

    I guess I can delete both.? Will I be able to revert these actions if I wanted to once the desktop.ini files have been deleted.? Any help will be appreciated.

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    You can reverse the actions as long as the files are in your recycle bin. Many "tweaking"/"cleaning" programs want to empty your recycle bin as part of their routine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP View Post
    You can reverse the actions as long as the files are in your recycle bin. Many "tweaking"/"cleaning" programs want to empty your recycle bin as part of their routine.

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    Thanks Joe. I have reversed them from the recycle bin and they are now on my desktop. Do they have to remain there.?

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    Every folder can have a desktop.ini file. The file contains any view customizations you have made for that folder. The Desktop has two because it is a composite of two folders on your system. So, to answer your question - yes the files need to remain there if you don't want to delete them.

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    I'd recommend going back to hiding system files until which time you find a specific need to inspect these hiden files, folders, or locations.
    I find the ini's drive me nuts just sitting there on the desktop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP View Post
    Every folder can have a desktop.ini file. The file contains any view customizations you have made for that folder. The Desktop has two because it is a composite of two folders on your system. So, to answer your question - yes the files need to remain there if you don't want to delete them.

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    OIC . What will happen if I don't want them on my Desktop and I delete them.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint Rossmere View Post
    I'd recommend going back to hiding system files until which time you find a specific need to inspect these hiden files, folders, or locations.
    I find the ini's drive me nuts just sitting there on the desktop.
    I agree and thats why I want to know if I can safely delete them. If not I will do as you suggest. I have come from XP and never had this trouble
    with that OS. I am beginning to regret I never stayed with XP. LOL

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    I would never consider going back to XP after using Windows 7 now. Besides, I'm addicted to 64 bit and the memory rich environment that it entails.

    With regard to the hidden files and folders; Choose "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" instead of unchecking "Hide protected operating system files",
    in the folder options veiw tab and only enable them when needing to complete a task or view a hidden directory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fog View Post
    I agree and thats why I want to know if I can safely delete them. If not I will do as you suggest. I have come from XP and never had this trouble
    with that OS. I am beginning to regret I never stayed with XP. LOL
    You can safely delete the files. Don't be discouraged by Win7. It takes some adjustment going from XP to Win7. Win7 is more consistent, more stable, & more secure by default than XP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP View Post
    You can safely delete the files. Don't be discouraged by Win7. It takes some adjustment going from XP to Win7. Win7 is more consistent, more stable, & more secure by default than XP.

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    Thanks for your advice and encouragement using windows 7. I guess I will get used to the OS eventually. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint Rossmere View Post
    I would never consider going back to XP after using Windows 7 now. Besides, I'm addicted to 64 bit and the memory rich environment that it entails.

    With regard to the hidden files and folders; Choose "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" instead of unchecking "Hide protected operating system files",
    in the folder options veiw tab and only enable them when needing to complete a task or view a hidden directory.
    Thanks for your help Clint. I have done what you suggest re the hidden files. I guess I am getting a bit long in the tooth to learn a new OS. The old brain doesn't work as well these days.!! I'll get there in the end. LOL.

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    I'm with Clint and Joe, I would never consider going back to XP. I find Win 7 is much more secure, and user customizable. After a short adjustment period (I'm also getting pretty gray upstairs) I also find Win 7 easier to navigate. I don't have to use Run any more, I just type whatever I want in Search and there it is, (I have indexed my whole HD to make these searches better) I used to use Run for most Windows commands (regedit, msconfig and like) but now can go right to Search. This is a definite time saver as I can start these items and many more with one less click.

    Fred Langa, in his latest Windows Secrets colum, does also state the desktop.ini files on the desktop can safely be deleted.
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    Thanks for your comments Ted. There is certainly plenty of help with win7 so I guess there is no excuse for not getting to grips with it. Cheers.

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