Is there a way to show hidden operating system files but hide the desktop.ini files for the desktop?

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Is there a way to show hidden operation system files but hidden the desktop.ini files for the desktop?
 
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@abactuon - Thanks, any chance you can post the actual command because I think I copied it wrong:


$TargetDirectory = "C:\Users\Public\Desktop"
(Get-Item "$($TargetDirectory)\desktop.ini" -Force) .Attributes = 'Hidden, System, Archive'
 

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Hello @Almighty1, :)

If it may help, you could add a context menu from the tutorial below to make it easy to show/hide protected OS files on demand. It still works in Windows 11.

 

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Hello @Almighty1, :)

If it may help, you could add a context menu from the tutorial below to make it easy to show/hide protected OS files on demand. It still works in Windows 11.

Thanks Shawn as always for all your great and hard work. Am I correct that I basically can right click on desktop.ini and then hide that specific file only without affecting the showing of other hidden protected OS files?
 

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Thanks Shawn as always for all your great and hard work. Am I correct that I basically can right click on desktop.ini and then hide that specific file only without affecting the showing of other hidden protected OS files?
I'm afraid it's a hide/show all or none for protected OS files. :(
 

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@abactuon - Thanks, any chance you can post the actual command because I think I copied it wrong:


$TargetDirectory = "C:\Users\Public\Desktop"
(Get-Item "$($TargetDirectory)\desktop.ini" -Force) .Attributes = 'Hidden, System, Archive'

Hey, @Almighty1 - I copied the code you wrote and noticed something that there is a space between ) and .Attribute.

If I run the code as you have it written, I get this:

Code:
ParserError:
Line |
   1 |  … et-Item "$($TargetDirectory)\desktop.ini" -Force) .Attributes = 'Hidd …
     |                                                      ~~~~~~~~~~~
     | Unexpected token '.Attributes' in expression or statement.

If I remove the space there, so the command becomes as such:

(Get-Item "$($TargetDirectory)\desktop.ini" -Force).Attributes = 'Hidden, System, Archive'

It runs without throwing up the error.

However, I'm trying to get it to hide the desktop.ini from showing while having operating system files showing and it's not actually hiding in my Downloads folder. I haven't tried logging out / rebooting yet, though.
 

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delete it
Indeed, I always remove them after windows updates create them, no issues, but my desktop is mostly empty.
 

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Hey, @Almighty1 - I copied the code you wrote and noticed something that there is a space between ) and .Attribute.

If I run the code as you have it written, I get this:

Code:
ParserError:
Line |
   1 |  … et-Item "$($TargetDirectory)\desktop.ini" -Force) .Attributes = 'Hidd …
     |                                                      ~~~~~~~~~~~
     | Unexpected token '.Attributes' in expression or statement.

If I remove the space there, so the command becomes as such:

(Get-Item "$($TargetDirectory)\desktop.ini" -Force).Attributes = 'Hidden, System, Archive'

It runs without throwing up the error.

However, I'm trying to get it to hide the desktop.ini from showing while having operating system files showing and it's not actually hiding in my Downloads folder. I haven't tried logging out / rebooting yet, though.
Thanks @johnlgalt for trying.

This is how I got it working which should be the same as you:
PS C:\Users\vince> $TargetDirectory = "C:\Users\Public\Desktop" PS C:\Users\vince> (Get-Item "$($TargetDirectory)\desktop.ini" -Force).Attributes = 'Hidden, System, Archive' PS C:\Users\vince>

Ofcourse the file never gotten hidden as I have two desktop.ini, one is for all users and another just for my account.
 

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Yup - that was it. Same results here as well. The files don't get hidden.

Certainly wish there was a way to hide them. In my other FM, Xplorer², I can color code files in a variety of ways, and I have all files that have system and hidden attributes showing with a red font color, boldface and italics, making it obvious this is not a file I want to accidentally delete (although, it really doesn't do a whole lot, column spacing, folder icons, and a few other general settings that can be easily recreated if it is deleted.

But, it allows me to use X² showing every file including system and leave Windows Explorer hiding the system files, giving me, effectively, the best of both worlds.

Unfortunately, this only works because I use an alternate FM, though. And I fully realize that not everyone will do that.
 

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Indeed, I always remove them after windows updates create them, no issues, but my desktop is mostly empty.
I'm with SIW2 and Tairiku: When they pop up on my desktop (usually after a major update or a repair install -- much the same thing, of course -- I just delete 'em. I've never noticed any effect after deleting them, and I've been doing it for years.
 

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Likewise I delete the things, have done for years with no problems.
 

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