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Windows 7: Locked folders

27 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Locked folders

How can I access locked folders, like Documents and Settings? Checking the Security tab in properties shows that I have full permissions, but I still get "C:\Documents and Settings is not accessible. Access is denied."

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27 Apr 2009   #2

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moggimus View Post
How can I access locked folders, like Documents and Settings? Checking the Security tab in properties shows that I have full permissions, but I still get "C:\Documents and Settings is not accessible. Access is denied."
Take the ownership of the folder and you can access the document and settings folder.

But its not a folder its a shortcut to c:\users folder.
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27 Apr 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

That didn't work, but it seems the only two "locked" (with a padlock icon) folders I can't access are Documents and Settings and System Volume Information. The reason I'm concerned about Documents and Settings is to access Application Data and whatnot like in XP.
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27 Apr 2009   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moggimus View Post
How can I access locked folders, like Documents and Settings? Checking the Security tab in properties shows that I have full permissions, but I still get "C:\Documents and Settings is not accessible. Access is denied."
Hi moggimus,

Beginning with Vista, folders used on XP like "Documents and Settings" are just Symlinks or "Virtual Folders" that redirect requests to the new folder locations for applications running in Virtualized mode or "XP Compatibility Mode"...You cant access these "Virtual Folders" using explorer since there only their for app compatibility with applications written for XP

Steven
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27 Apr 2009   #5

Windows 7 RTM x86/x64
 
 

Let me guess, you upgraded?
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27 Apr 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dmex View Post
Hi moggimus,

Beginning with Vista, folders used on XP like "Documents and Settings" are just Symlinks or "Virtual Folders" that redirect requests to the new folder locations for applications running in Virtualized mode or "XP Compatibility Mode"...You cant access these "Virtual Folders" using explorer since there only their for app compatibility with applications written for XP

Steven
Ok, can you tell me where that data is stored then?

edit: Nevermind, I found it. Thanks.
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04 Nov 2009   #7

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moggimus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dmex View Post
Hi moggimus,

Beginning with Vista, folders used on XP like "Documents and Settings" are just Symlinks or "Virtual Folders" that redirect requests to the new folder locations for applications running in Virtualized mode or "XP Compatibility Mode"...You cant access these "Virtual Folders" using explorer since there only their for app compatibility with applications written for XP

Steven
Ok, can you tell me where that data is stored then?

edit: Nevermind, I found it. Thanks.
OK. YOU found it. Can you tell us where, please?
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07 Nov 2009   #8

vista 64
 
 
Unlock the folder

I've had the same problem. Why on earth would the documents folder ever defualt to being a locked folder?

Anyway, I have been able to unlock the folder by right clicking on the folder and then clicking on the Security tab. Click on "Advanced". Then Select "Change Permissions" in the Advanced window. Another window should open that shows the Permission entries, one of which should be "Deny". Remove it and then apply it. Should unlock the folder. See attached JPG...
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07 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tmurph62 View Post
I've had the same problem. Why on earth would the documents folder ever defualt to being a locked folder?

Anyway, I have been able to unlock the folder by right clicking on the folder and then clicking on the Security tab. Click on "Advanced". Then Select "Change Permissions" in the Advanced window. Another window should open that shows the Permission entries, one of which should be "Deny". Remove it and then apply it. Should unlock the folder. See attached JPG...
Tmurph62
Are you talking about the lock icon that shows up on user folders? If so, all that means is that not all users have access to it. Just like XP and Vista, user folders are not available to other users - 7 just added a little lock to let you know that. I don't know about you, but in a multi-user environment, I certainly don't want anyone having access to my documents, unless I put them in a public folder for everyone to see.
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07 Nov 2009   #10

vista 64
 
 

I see your point if multiple users use the computer. I don't have to worry about that myself. Guess it depends on each user to to set it the way they want.
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