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Windows 7: Locked and Shortcut Folders everywhere


25 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Locked and Shortcut Folders everywhere

I am not sure it this is due to a botched install or what but it seems that I have a lot of locked folders (even on my Admin account) and there are also a lot of repeat folders that are in the /User directories filed as Shortcuts. I included pictures to show you what I mean. Is there any good way to get rid of the clutter?





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25 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

The shortcut folders are nothing but junctions of old Windows XP locations retained for backwards compatibility. I personally just delete them because I do not run old software. As for the lock, I have assumed that has to do with either a lack of permissions or one that requires an elevation of permissions before you can access them. In most cases the permission is given instantly if you have the correct rights.
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25 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

The screenshots look perfectly fine....very similar to mine.
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31 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 
Similiar Problem

Gator,
I'm having similiar problems and I believe it is a recent development. When I first started using Windows 7 about a week ago, one of the first things I did was to make changes in the Start Menu. I seem to recall that I did that in ProgramData / Start Menu. Today that folder is locked tight, and I can't get back into it. I'm quickly getting disgusted with Windows 7.
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31 Oct 2009   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

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31 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tpburrows View Post
Gator,
I'm having similiar problems and I believe it is a recent development. When I first started using Windows 7 about a week ago, one of the first things I did was to make changes in the Start Menu. I seem to recall that I did that in ProgramData / Start Menu. Today that folder is locked tight, and I can't get back into it. I'm quickly getting disgusted with Windows 7.
The folder is "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu"
"C:\ProgramData\Start Menu" is but a junction that points to the above.
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31 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

logicearth,
I've got it now. Thanks. I find the "junctions" somewhat confusing. Unlike a shortcut, the properties window you get by right-clicking a junction does not tell you that it is a junction or a shortcut and does not appear to tell you the target.
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