[SATLUG] desktop.ini

Stewart Smith tuupes80 at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 5 22:04:46 CDT 2017

Fix for problem identified. Ball right hand, fingers curled, thumb over fingers - tight. Raise right hand, so configured and shake up and down while uttering the following incantation: "Curse you Bill Gates!"

Will not fix problem you describe, but you will feel better about it.

Ever hear of this free thing called Linux... It's the free version (also open source), of UNIX. When Apple created some of the same problems you describe, Steve Jobs changed the operating system under all the Apple software to UNIX.  You can also get a version of actual UNIX called BSD.  Just so you know...

Oh, if you're interested, there's free office software too.

S. Smith

From: satlug-bounces at satlug.org <satlug-bounces at satlug.org> on behalf of Don Wright <wmail at dslextreme.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 9:49 PM
To: The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List
Subject: Re: [SATLUG] desktop.ini

>Okay you Windows Experts here is a good one:
>I was going to delete an unused folder on my Win 7 computer with all the latest updates.  It said that I would be deleting a file called desktop.ini which is needed by Windows.
>I did a search on my computer and found 221 files with the name desktop.ini or Desktop.ini dated over an 8 year period with files sizes from 56 to 800 bytes.
>Are all these files really needed?  Why so many?

Not a Windows expert (though I get paid to Google for answers sometimes) but
here's the meta-question:

 - The Windows Registry was the Great Leap Forward that was supposed to
replace the multitude of .ini files kept by each application.

 - Desktop.ini, around since at least Windows 2000, has actually increased
its range in the versions since then.

 - The Windows\winsxs folder still has over 240 .ini configuration files
created by Microsoft for Windows 7.

Given all that, why is the company that follows its own standards as poorly
as they follow industry standards still in business?

MS Windows: The great crippler of young computers.

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