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Windows 7: Can't access XP documents from Windows 7

15 Jan 2009   #1
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
 
 
Can't access XP documents from Windows 7

When I go to x:\documents and settings\user\my documents, where My Documents are from XP, I get shown my documents from Windows 7 instead, despite Windows 7 documents being stored in c:\users\user\my documents.

I performed a search within Windows 7 for some filenames of documents that I use in XP, and they're not showing up anywhere. It's like Windows 7 is designed to hide those documents.

I have no idea why they would have Windows 7 behave this way, but is there any way for me to access those documents from XP in Windows 7?


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15 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Try Take Ownership Shortcut to see if it helps!
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15 Jan 2009   #3
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
 
 

I gave it a shot, but no change unfortunately. It's not that it won't let me access the My Documents folder, it's that it's displaying Windows 7 documents instead of XP's, but I'm 100% certain that the path I'm using is correct.
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15 Jan 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Have you assigned the XP partition a drive letter in disk management?
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15 Jan 2009   #5
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
 
 

Yes. I can access programs that are installed on that partition, so I'm sure I have the correct partition.
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15 Jan 2009   #6
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Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Have you tried changing the default documents settings in Word. Might do the trick?
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15 Jan 2009   #7
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
 
 

I'm just trying to access them with Windows Explorer, so they ought to show up. Is anyone else running a dual-boot XP/Windows 7 setup? If so, are you able to access your XP documents through Windows 7?
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15 Jan 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

That count would be in the millions, but unfortunately for you I'm not one of them Sorry.
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15 Jan 2009   #9
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
 
 

I should mention that it's not only documents that are showing Windows 7's instead of XP's... it seems to be anything in the x:\documents and settings folder, including my XP user account's desktop.

Ex: I should see my XP desktop icons in the x:\documents and settings\user\desktop folder, however instead my Vista desktop icons are displayed instead. And yes, I'm totally certain that XP's files are in that location; my x: drive is where WinXP, user documents, and all programs installed under XP are located. All of Windows 7's files, documents, and programs are installed on c:. If I do a computer-wide (not just a drive-wide) search, none of those XP desktop icons or documents appear... nothing from x:\documents and settings as far as I can tell.
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15 Jan 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Have you tried assigning a different drive letter, maybe it doesn't like X for some stupid reason, you never know!
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