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Windows 7: Shortcut folders with access denied

23 Nov 2009   #1
ukmexicano

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Shortcut folders with access denied

I have just upgraded to 7 from xp pro and I would like some help please.
When I open my username folder there are several folders with the shortcut arrows on them. When I click on one all I get is the "access denied" popup box. Just to let you know that there are also similar folders without the shortcut arrows which I can open, like My Documents and Local Settings and Nethood.
What I want to know can I delete these shortcut or link files from my username folder?
Hope you can understand what I have described
Thanks for any help


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23 Nov 2009   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If they are short cuts, from properties, find the source. If you do not want it, delete them.
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23 Nov 2009   #3
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mexciano View Post
I have just upgraded to 7 from xp pro and I would like some help please.
When I open my username folder there are several folders with the shortcut arrows on them. When I click on one all I get is the "access denied" popup box. Just to let you know that there are also similar folders without the shortcut arrows which I can open, like My Documents and Local Settings and Nethood.
What I want to know can I delete these shortcut or link files from my username folder?
Hope you can understand what I have described
Thanks for any help
These are junction points to provide backwards compatibility with software designed for previous operating systems. Do not alter them in any way. They are just pointers to the "real" folders. There is nothing inside them. Several other threads can be found where people messed with them and caused havoc on their systems.
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23 Nov 2009   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mexciano View Post
I have just upgraded to 7 from xp pro and I would like some help please.
When I open my username folder there are several folders with the shortcut arrows on them. When I click on one all I get is the "access denied" popup box. Just to let you know that there are also similar folders without the shortcut arrows which I can open, like My Documents and Local Settings and Nethood.
What I want to know can I delete these shortcut or link files from my username folder?
Hope you can understand what I have described
Thanks for any help
These are junction points to provide backwards compatibility with software designed for previous operating systems. Do not alter them in any way. They are just pointers to the "real" folders. There is nothing inside them. Several other threads can be found where people messed with them and caused havoc on their systems.
I would go with his advice. To be honest,I did not know about these special shortcuts. To me a short can be deleted at will. It is just there for conveneince.
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19 Dec 2010   #5
bronxbrent

windows 7 x64
 
 
Change Permissions

FYI, the my documents shortcut just directs you to the my documents folder. You do not lose any functionality by not having access to the shortcut. However, if it bugs you to be denied access to anything on the computer despite being logged in with an administrative account, you can change the special permissions that is defaulted to deny for everyone, which trumps any account permissions of full access. After logging in with an administrative account, right click on the shortcut > properties > security tab > advanced button > change permissions button > select the everyone group > edit > remove deny access check box.

This is applicable to all of the shortcuts. I think windows is simply trying to stop you from accidentally make change such as the path to the my documents folder, which could result in breaking functionality that is intended to be standard across all windows implementations.
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