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Windows 7: how to access 'application data'

27 Jan 2013   #1
bbxrider

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how to access 'application data'

for both 'all users' and my account I can't access the 'application data' folder?
for both instances my account id shows having 'full control' on the folders, my account id is admin.
are these folders or their content really available under some other path similar to the way 'my videos' and 'my pictures' folders under my documents?
what is with this cat and mouse game anyway? why list/show these folders in windows explorer if they can't be accessed?




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27 Jan 2013   #2
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Bbxrider, the applications data folder is a system point to your userid appdata

Just like documents folder in the all users is a pointer to your my documents folder.

a it confusing to some but to windows it is necessary..

Rich
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27 Jan 2013   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello bbxrider,

In addition to what Rich posted above, this is done for backwards compatibility for older programs.


AppData is located in the hidden folder below:

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData


Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Jan 2013   #4
bbxrider

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thanks for the replies, so I can see users/userid/appdata, but don't see a 'users/all users/appdata'? there is really no 'all users/application data' at all? or it has some other place similar to 'userid/appdata'?
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27 Jan 2013   #5
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

C:\ProgramData is the all users AppData
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27 Jan 2013   #6
bbxrider

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thanks again for the replies, can't really say 'now I can see and understand the MS light' but can say, 'finding some previously hard to find directories'
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27 Jan 2013   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Glad we could help.
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