Quote: Originally Posted by antares
Well, I'm used to Windows XP where I'm able to open ANY folder/directory in my C drive (or any other drive) and in years I never had anything "invade" my system because of this (as long as I have a good firewall/anti malware proggies installed of course and proper safety practices in action). In Windows 7 even if you are logging as Administrator it seems this is not possible and requires further tweaking which is a hassle.
I agree with logicearth here - there are indeed "folders" in Windows 7 that one cannot open, but usually these are not real folders, but junctions, put in place for compatibility reasons. In this case it's quite normal that one cannot open them - there is nothing to open. The reason for them is that some programs use the old Windows folder structure literally hard-coded (as opposed to using the environmental variables) and thus require something like "C:\Documents and Settings\..." (instead of "%HOMEPATH%").
Additionally, many programs want to write to C:\Program Files\... and sometimes they don't have permission, so instead they write to the VirtualStore folders in the C:\User\ tree.
What I'm getting to is, Windows 7 has a slightly different folder structure compared to XP, one has to learn it prior to tinkering. I think if you would tell us exactly which folder you want to access, we'll be able to help you with your specific issues instead of giving general ideas.