Is it safe to delete desktop.ini files?

GrrGrrr September 16, 2012
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I have 2 desktop.ini files on my desktop. They have hidden attribute.

Below are the contents for first file

[.ShellClassInfo]
LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769
IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183

Below are the contents for second file

[.ShellClassInfo]
LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21799
[LocalizedFileNames]
Media Gallery.lnk=@C:\PROGRA~3\SONYCO~1\MEDIAG~1\SHORTC~1\RESOUR~1.DLL,-101
VAIO Transfer.lnk=@C:\PROGRA~2\Sony\VAIOTR~1\VAIOTR~1.EXE,-1062

IS it safe to delete these 2 files?

Thanks, Grr

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  1. GrrGrrr
    September 19, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

    My plan:
    1. set hide OS files for now
    2. take a complete system backup, then delete the files and observe for a while.

    Thanks,
    Grr

    Resolving Question.

  2. DI
    September 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I do it all the time and have no problems what so ever.

  3. Eserpess der
    September 18, 2012 at 1:22 am

    You can delete them if you want to, however you may not be able to change any customizations on you computer such as desktop backround and your colour sceme.

  4. Christopher Webb-Orenstein
    September 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    As a general rule that you should follow when deciding what to delete and what to keep, its best to not randomly delete files that are unsure of. It's better to wait for an app to prompt you, or if you about it online first.

  5. Saurav Azad
    September 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    you can delete it it wont cause any problem!!!

  6. Erlis Dhima
    September 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    You can delete it if you want! The only problems that might happen, are little things! Like, your thumbnails need to be recreated, and things like that! At least, to me it never happened to create any problems...

  7. Gaurav Anwardekar
    September 16, 2012 at 11:27 am

    you can delete the files if you want to

  8. Usman Mubashir
    September 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Well, I delete this file whenever i encounter it without any issue.

  9. ha14
    September 16, 2012 at 7:39 am

    check that option Hide protected operating system files in Folder Options

  10. Harish Jonnalagadda
    September 16, 2012 at 6:05 am

    As is mentioned above, it is a configuration file that manages your settings for the folders that it is stored in. It can be deleted, but doing so would cause your folder settings to revert to default, and with Windows being what it is, I don't suggest deleting it.

  11. K.V.D.Prasad
    September 16, 2012 at 4:46 am

    The desktop.ini file is a hidden file used to customize and adjust settings for the Windows folders that contain the file.
    If you delete that file it may be effective for a particular associated software.

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