How to fix the Windows 7 7057 desktop.ini startup bug

Posted on March 15, 2009. Filed under: Windows | Tags: , , |

By Lee Mathews, Downloadsquad


Based on some of the things you’ve read about Windows 7, it’s sometimes not so apparent that we’re still talking about a work in progress. Not so with build 7057 – there’s a little reminder right in the middle of the desktop when Windows starts up. Notepad will be there, unabashedly displaying the contents of desktop.ini.

It’s easy enough to remedy – here’s one simple method.

1. Open the run dialog ( windows + r ) and type shell:startup and press enter.

2. Set your Explorer options to display protected operating system files – pressing alt then T then O will get you to the screen quickly. Click the view tab then uncheck hide protected operating system files.

3. Delete desktop.ini from the folder. [edit] As posted by Chris123nt, you’ll also need to navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and delete desktop.ini there as well.

4. Log off and then log back on, or reboot to verify that it’s fixed.

5. Repeat step 2, but this time put the check mark back in hide protected operating system files (to prevent accidentally deleting something important later).


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