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Windows NT Explorer Displays Only Font Files on a Copy of the CD-ROM

Article ID: 255189

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q255189


When you create a CD-ROM containing the uncompressed setup files for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 (or for a service pack) in the I386 folder, and you view that folder from Microsoft Windows NT Explorer, you may see only the font files. The other files in the folder may not appear.


This behavior can occur because the Desktop.ini file is not compressed.


To resolve this behavior, compress the Desktop.ini file and rename it to Desktop.in_ before you create the CD-ROM.


The Desktop.ini file that is in the I386 folder contains a link to a registry key that designates it as a Fonts folder. The file contains the following string:


If the folder has the read-only or system attribute, Windows NT Explorer reads the Desktop.ini file and links the Uiclsid back to the registry key. The registry identifies the folder as the Fonts folder, and Windows NT Explorer therefore displays only the fonts contained in it, and not the rest of the files.

This issue does not occur with the installation media because, on the CD-ROM for Windows NT 4.0 or for a service pack, the Desktop.ini file is compressed and has an 'underscore' extension (Desktop.in_).

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