# Windows – Hide desktop.ini for the desktop view only; still show hidden and system files

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Is it possible to hide desktop.ini on the desktop, but show it when viewed in Windows Explorer?

Essentially, I need to be able to see hidden and system files when using Windows Explorer, but I don't like the two desktop.ini files on my desktop (using Windows 7, 8, and 8.1). Is there a way to hide those two files on the desktop only?

It turns out that deleting Desktop.ini was the best solution. It does not regenerate frequently enough to be annoying.