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Windows 7: How to get access to Document and Settings?

14 Jun 2011   #1
RadxBoy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
How to get access to Document and Settings?

I'm a new user to Windows 7 (from XP), and I'm finding it difficult to get access to files and folders I used to have. I set the PC up with me as administrator and my wife with a standard account. I want full access to Documents and Settings. When ever I try to access it I get the following barrage of warnings:
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This last I have no idea how to fill out, if it's even necessary.
Can someone please walk me through how to get access to these files?

Thanks you!




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14 Jun 2011   #2
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Hello. Try with Taking Ownership
Take Ownership Shortcut
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14 Jun 2011   #3
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RadxBoy View Post
I'm a new user to Windows 7 (from XP), and I'm finding it difficult to get access to files and folders I used to have. I set the PC up with me as administrator and my wife with a standard account. I want full access to Documents and Settings. When ever I try to access it I get the following barrage of warnings:
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This last I have no idea how to fill out, if it's even necessary.
Can someone please walk me through how to get access to these files?

Thanks you!
This is just an initial answer.....

1. First screenshot :
Just click Continue, and you will be allowed in.

2. 2nd screenshot and 3rd screenshot :
I think those 2 are tied in together.
Go back to the Security window shown by your last screenshot > click Hank (Hank-HP\Hank )
Where are the arrows located ? Are they all under Allow or one or two are under Deny ?
Do the same on Administrator ( Hank-HP\Hank ).

Please post the screenshots on those 2.
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14 Jun 2011   #4
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

PLEASE CHECK YOUR ADVICE BEFORE POSTING!!!

Windows 7 DOES NOT use "documents and settings" and if you take ownership of it or change permissions on it, you WILL screw up your computer to the point of needing to reinstall!

The correct path is c:\users for Windows 7. Documents and Settings is a junction point to that location. If you don't know what that means, you don't need to. DO NOT change permissions or take ownership of the documents and settings folder if you have one.

Read more here:
Junction Points in Vista (Yes, Vista...it applies to the subject)

and here:
Junction Dysfunction by Raymond Chen
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14 Jun 2011   #5
RadxBoy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

errr... before the posts from t-4-2 and MacGyvr were posted, I tried the suggestion from StalkeR about taking ownership. It seems to have worked fime so far...

If I run into problems, I'll mention it.

Thanks to all.
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14 Jun 2011   #6
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RadxBoy View Post
errr... before the posts from t-4-2 and MacGyvr were posted, I tried the suggestion from StalkeR about taking ownership. It seems to have worked fime so far...

If I run into problems, I'll mention it.

Thanks to all.
You will....you're going to see infinite looping paths when you go into certain folders. The BEST thing you can do immediately is to perform a System Restore to a point before you made those changes. I CANNOT emphasize how important it is that you do this.

You DO NOT need access to documents and settings....c:\users is the SAME location and you have full access to it already.
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15 Jun 2011   #7
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Glad that your problem is solved.
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15 Jun 2011   #8
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by StalkeR View Post
Glad that your problem is solved.
If he took your advice, his problems have just begun.
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15 Jun 2011   #9
RadxBoy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Can anyone else on the Forums shed some light on the sharp disagreement in the above comments?
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15 Jun 2011   #10
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Certainly. Macgyvr is 100% correct. Your problem is not solved, it has only just began. You will get loops and duplicates of programs and files throughout, to the extent that, as stated you will probably have to restore. It serves no useful purpose to open up a "junction" folder, which is why Microsoft hid it.
Referring to your op. The files you are seeking now live under the username folder
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