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Windows 7: Access is Denied

08 Dec 2009   #1

 
 
Access is Denied

OK, so I am going to not get irate and do something stoooopid (again).

I am new to Windows 7 and never did the Vista thing.

I am the only user on this installation and I set myself up as an administrator.

In Windows Explorer there are the folders which have the pretty little lock icons on them.

Some of them give me the "Access is Denied" error - "Location is not available" error window, "<Folder path> is not accessible. Access is denied." message.

Right now I am extremely frustrated at this behavior, but there might be some perfectly good explanation as to why there would be a folder and to deny access to it to an administrator; however, as it is the "Start Menu" folder under "ProgramData" and I would like to make an addition to it, I am fuming, and foaming at the mouth right now. I can't understand what the heck the reason would be to deny an administrator access to such a folder.

Could y'all tell me how to access it, and take a stab at 'splaining why the heck MS implemented this "feature" please?

Thank-you!


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08 Dec 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brucemc777 View Post
OK, so I am going to not get irate and do something stoooopid (again).

I am new to Windows 7 and never did the Vista thing.

I am the only user on this installation and I set myself up as an administrator.

In Windows Explorer there are the folders which have the pretty little lock icons on them.

Some of them give me the "Access is Denied" error - "Location is not available" error window, "<Folder path> is not accessible. Access is denied." message.

Right now I am extremely frustrated at this behavior, but there might be some perfectly good explanation as to why there would be a folder and to deny access to it to an administrator; however, as it is the "Start Menu" folder under "ProgramData" and I would like to make an addition to it, I am fuming, and foaming at the mouth right now. I can't understand what the heck the reason would be to deny an administrator access to such a folder.

Could y'all tell me how to access it, and take a stab at 'splaining why the heck MS implemented this "feature" please?

Thank-you!
Hi Bruce and welcome

We all went thru the same angst when we first started using win 7. Win 7 stores things in different folders and the folders that are locked have nothing in them but links to where the data actually is. (usually app data on 32bit) They locked them because you know what would happen if they didnt.

The folder that kills most ppl is the documents and settings.

There are apps to change the "locked folders" but if there isnt anything to change why bother.

Ken J+
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08 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

The "Start Menu" folder right in the root of "ProgramData"? That is just a junction. You really want: "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu"
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09 Dec 2009   #4

 
 

Ahhhhhh. Makes more sense now. About the only thing that doesn't make much sense to me is why those links show up as folders at all, but I can live with that. And thanks; found the right place!
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09 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

They show up as folder cause...broken old applications need to seem that as folders. When they attempt to access say "C:\Document and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs" they are in fact secretly working on "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" but the application still thinks it is the former path. The reason these junctions are denied access (not even the god SYSTEM account has access) is to prevent scanning software from pulling duplicate files and creating infinite loops.

And folder that denies you access and when you attempt to "continue" but it still doesn't work. That is a sign that folder goes no where and just best to leave it alone.
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09 Dec 2009   #6

 
 

The world makes a little more sense now!

Thank-you.

Want to take a crack at No option to elevate privledges? ?
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09 Dec 2009   #7

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

So there are no actual documents or settings in the documents and settings folder? Where do they live nowadays?
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09 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevieray View Post
So there are no actual documents or settings in the documents and settings folder? Where do they live nowadays?
C:\Users
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18 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

So, the folder "C:\ProgramData\Documents" remains inaccessible?
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18 May 2010   #10

Windows 6.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jp2code View Post
So, the folder "C:\ProgramData\Documents" remains inaccessible?
This is a junction too. It points to "C:\Users\Public\Documents\"
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