# Windows – What are Desktop.ini files and how to get rid of them

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Sometimes I notice Desktop.ini files in folders of my computer. Why/how are they generated, and, is it possible to make the OS stop generating these files?

• Desktop.ini is a Windows system file that stores information about customisation in each folder (one file per customised folder). E.g. on the desktop or in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs.