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Windows 7: Administrator can't access Documents and Settings folder

15 Dec 2013   #1
Gerry Peters

WIN7 64
 
 
Administrator can't access Documents and Settings folder

I'm the only user on my computer, so I log in as the administrator. When I click on "Documents and settings" folder I get an error message "access denied". If I right click and choose properties I see I don't access to the security settings.

If I log off or choose switch user, there's only one user available, which is me, the administrator. The way I prefer to use my computer is to auto logon, so it opens up to the desktop and not some logon screen. I would prefer to keep the one user and somehow give me access privileges to everything on my computer. I really don't like all the hyper security, I prefer more like XP, where I can do anything I want. Since I have C drive images if things get fouled up I can always revert to an earlier image.

How can I give myself all access and bypass this security?


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15 Dec 2013   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

You don't need access to that folder and other folders like that. They are not really folders, they are sort of like shortcuts to be used by older programs that are looking for the old folder structure.

You only see these folders because you (or someone) told the operating system to show hidden stuff.

If you were to force security changes on C:\Documents and Settings it would just lead you to C:\Users.
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15 Dec 2013   #3
Gerry Peters

WIN7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
You don't need access to that folder and other folders like that. They are not really folders, they are sort of like shortcuts to be used by older programs that are looking for the old folder structure.

You only see these folders because you (or someone) told the operating system to show hidden stuff.

If you were to force security changes on C:\Documents and Settings it would just lead you to C:\Users.

Ok, you're right. I was importing presets for XP and that's where they were stored. I ran into the same problem trying to access Documents and Settings from Users and that one a ghost also. Now I've found where Win 7 stores the presets in Users and restored them and all is fine.
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