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Windows 7: Alternative to Documents & Settings

21 Jun 2009   #1

Alternative to Documents & Settings

I skipped Vista.
I find that in Windows 7 the Documents and settings folder seems to be missing.
The main reason I need it is to reorganize my Start - Programs folder.
In WinXP I can add folders such as Music Apps, Video & Graphics Apps, Security & Privacy Apps etc and then move the appropriate shortcuts into relevent folders. ie Grouping.
Doing this gave me a far easier to manage 'All programs' folder.
How can I achieve this in Windows 7?

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21 Jun 2009   #2

XP / Windows 7 Pro RTM

Docs and Settings is still kinda there but it's hidden. That's besides the point though.

I dont remember the exact path but go to Start > Programs then right click a folder and open or explore and open or explore All Users. Go up a couple of levels till you're at Start Menu and you got both folders.
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21 Jun 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Document & Settings are replaced by the Libraries which are more useful.
But the "User documents" folder is at *SystemLetter*:\Users\*Your Username*\

Everything is there. That folder replaced "Documents & Settings" in Vista.
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21 Jun 2009   #4

Win 7

Libraries are new they do not replace anything, ok assuming windows is on C:

XP= C:\Documents and Settings


Windows 7= C:\Users

Vista and windows 7 startmenus

System startmenu= C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

All Users startmenu= C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

Profile startmenu= C:\Users\"Profile Name"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

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22 Jun 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

The actual program settings and email are stored in c:\users\<account>\appdata which is hidden.
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19 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

there's a way to take back "documents and settings" in windows 7 c:\.
open start menu and search for folder options
then go to view tab
under advanced settings you can see a lot options
uncheck hide protected operating system files (recommended)
click ok and there you go.
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