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Windows 7: "Default User" junction point folder issue

19 Apr 2010   #21

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Yes. The first line must be done first, and etc...

Since it's a junction point, a elevated command prompt is the only option that I know of to make it easy to set.

I didn't need to, but you may need to restart afterwards to fully apply.

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19 Apr 2010   #22
Wandering Flame


I have restarted and the Default User is still the way, I was wondering...what would happen if you gave the "Default User" a -s instead of a positive s in the command line. Would that have a bad impact? Not saying I did it though...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkStar GT View Post
Here's the Help for the Attrib command:

Displays or changes file attributes.

ATTRIB [+R | -R] [+A | -A ] [+S | -S] [+H | -H] [drive:][path][filename] [/S [/D]]
    +     Sets an attribute.
    -     Clears an attribute.
    R     Read-only file attribute.
    A     Archive file attribute.
    S     System file attribute.
    H     Hidden file attribute.
   [drive:][path][filename]         Specifies a file or files for attrib to process.
   /S    Processes matching files in the current folder and all subfolders.
   /D    Processes folders as well.
So +S marks the files System Files, and -S marks the files non-System files.
That makes sense, so I see why Brink chose +S for "Default User" since it's a system junction. Does capitalization matter by any chance? Also I copied and pasted Brink, just to let you know.

Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but the two command I was given, then:

Gave "Default User" the attributes "read only", "system file", and "hidden" and the S and D pretty much means it applies to all files and folders?

And, as for the Default, it's the same, except we were not making it a system file correct? Since Brink gave me the -S for it.

What I don't understand though, is why did this not then hide the Default User junction...

I guess Brink's advice now is to restart, and do the scan like he said and/or a repair install...

By the way Brink, I was just curious as to how you found out which commands I should use for my case for some reason this would make me feel better.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2010   #23

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Did you ever run a sfc /scannow command? I didn't see any post back about that. It may help since it's a system file.

No problem WF. Those are just the attribute commands to set those folders back to their default settings on anyone's computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 Apr 2010   #24
Wandering Flame


Oh shoot...I copied my post to go look at something else, then I copied a link lol...losing my post in the process.

What I was going to say was...after reading your sfc scan tutorial, I pretty much found out it was useless in my case, since if it says all is ok, then it's either lying (unlikely) or thinks the Default User junction is supposed to show. If it says it is bad, then I can do a system restore...which would at most, take me back to when I first turned on the laptop on day 1.

However, I did a factory restore twice, and this brings it back to day 1, minute 1. second 1...and even this, doesn't fix the problem, so a system restore wouldn't, thus the scan is pointless.........imo.

I would do a repair install, had I not read this rant: about how a repair install isn't always the best thing to try out, but, I understand he is one case and not the majority.

I will consider my options, but I was wondering Brink, can't I just right click on "Default User" and check the "Hidden" box? I understand this would then say I am not allowed to since I don't have permission. But, can't I just take control of it, and then hide it? Would taking control over it, simply taking control only (while not ever going into it) affect it AT ALL? Because if doing that can make it hidden...then I'm happy, that I'm not looking at something I'm technically, according to everyone, not supposed to touch or even see, but I am willing to slightly edit its security options to make it hidden. After all, if it's hidden, that to me is the best security for it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2010   #25
Wandering Flame


Oh and thanks for renaming the thread

By the way...learned a lot on my "experimental"'s the one with Vista on it, that I used to ask you questions about last year. So glad you helped me out then <3.

Ok, apparently, this Default User junction exists on my Vista to, and boy, does it really tell me to GTFO whenever I try to get into it. Not only is it completely hidden from me in the Users folder, when I try to access it by going to C:/Users/Default User, it basically says GTFO (lol but says can't access default user, access is denied).

But lo...and behold, on Windows 7, this thing appears and I am also able to hijack it, although I learned...that's not a good idea, or at least going into it isn't. I don't blame the OS or Microsoft, since I doubt ANYONE HERE with Windows 7 has my problem. I think Dell is fully to blame. I think Dell did this mistake.

So I was wondering if I can hide it by taking control of it...I'm personally fine with that, 'cuz I AIN'T going into my life.

Please answer those above. I wanted to say another said in this tutorial on Vista forums:

that protected files and folders have "Hidden" grayed out in their properties and they have that check marked (so I cannot change it) however, "Default User" does not have that grayed out on my Windows 7 laptop...isn't that WIERD? Because I think it's supposed to apply to Windows 7 as well. This makes me think further that Windows isn't treating "Default User" as a protected system file or folder, since it also does not hide it when I check "hide protected system files and folders"

Even more wierd, I found it strange that on my Vista laptop, after UNchecking "hide protected system files", my Default User junction did not appear in the Users folder. I could not even make that appear at all. I as just testing, to see if Vista was treating it as a protected system file, since it would show it if I unchecked that specific box. I guess it's because it's a junction and not a "file"? But I guess a junction is a file as well, not sure, but this part wasn't important...just though I should throw that in there.

Your best bet is still probably do a repair install, which I may do, I may not, but you see how all of this is wierd? (at least on the Win 7 laptop). The option to hide the junction is NOT dimmed, although I think it should be, and Windows isn't treating it as a protected system file, which it should be doing. Most likely I'll do a repair install, but first I will try to hide it by taking control of it and then doing so. I can always do a factory restore again to undo any mistake I may make, and then there's the option to do a repair install, which I understand, is your greatest advice.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2010   #26
Wandering Flame

The Check Disk Feature in Windows 7

I was wondering if the Check Disk will fix my following problem.

I think everyone knows about the "Default User" junction that links to the folder "Default", and how the Default User is supposed to be completely hidden under normal settings.

Is this the kind of thing "Check Disk" fixes, or what? Also where's the tutorial for this on Windows 7? I saw the Vista one but I was just wondering where is the tutorial for Win 7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2010   #27

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


I'm not sure about your other questions but here's the tutorial for 7,
Disk Check
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2010   #28


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame View Post
...Is this the kind of thing "Check Disk" fixes, or what? ...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2010   #29
Wandering Flame


Casca, what I meant was that the Default User junction, by mistake, is not hidden and it is being shown, and it is supposedly a protected system file.

Wouldn't this count as a system file error?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2010   #30


No. That is a file attribute. Ensure that you are not "Show hidden files" enabled and/or set the offending file's attribute to hidden.

Example with Show Hidden files off and on..

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