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Windows 7: Can't access C:\Programdata

25 May 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Can't access C:\Programdata

Hi, I have absolutely no idea where my question belongs. So if this is the wrong category, sorry. Also I am a newbie when it comes to technical computerthings and I am not fluent in english, so if you know the answer please answer me in elementary english

I want to make a new folder in my Start Menu, but I can't access the folder on the C drive where the Start Menu is listed.
When I try this: created new folder on desktop, moving it to Start Menu, and then moving a program into that new folder, it says: Access denied on C:\Programdata\...
But if I search this folder Programdata on my C drive, I can't find this folder.

Also I am logged in with the only account on my PC, as administrator. But when I go to permissions, I see my accountname listed as administrator with all permissions checked. But I also see my accountname listed under Users, and the Useraccount doesn't have full modify permissions. Does this have to do with not seeing the folder Programdata in C?

I can't find an option to show hidden folders.

I have searched this forum, I found some topics about this but they used a lot of short words I didn't understand and no clear answers how to solve this.

I hope somebody can help me. Thanks.

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25 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 7600 SP1 64 Bit dual boot Windows 8 CP
 
 

Hi Mimimi
To see C:\programdata open C drive and in the top menu you will see first on the left "Organise" click on that and go to "folder and search" option then click on the "view" tab and check "show hidden files and folders" that should then show the folder you are looking for. Hope this helps.
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25 May 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Hello Mimimi, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You can add shortcuts and folders to Start Menu very easily:

Click Start > right click All Programs (at the bottom of Start Menu) > choose Open All Users > open Programs folder and copy / paste there everything you want to add to your Start menu, or create a shortcut.

Kari

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25 May 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

You are trying to access "C:\ProgramData\Start Menu" correct? That is a junction to "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu" go there instead.
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25 May 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I want to make a new folder in my Start Menu
1. what is the nature of this folder. Is it a program or a data folder
2. where do you want to add it. To All Programs or to the left pane of the start menu
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25 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 32bit, Snow leopard
 
 

Here is plain english!

1. Press the Start Button
2. Enter "C:\Programdata" onto the startbar without quotes
3. Press the enter key (on your keyboard)

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25 May 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Hello Mimimi, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You can add shortcuts and folders to Start Menu very easily:

Click Start > right click All Programs (at the bottom of Start Menu) > choose Open All Users > open Programs folder and copy / paste there everything you want to add to your Start menu, or create a shortcut.

Kari

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+1 This is the correct way to add programs to the Start Menu.
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26 May 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by loquacious View Post
Hi Mimimi
To see C:\programdata open C drive and in the top menu you will see first on the left "Organise" click on that and go to "folder and search" option then click on the "view" tab and check "show hidden files and folders" that should then show the folder you are looking for. Hope this helps.
Thank you this worked!! Now I see the folder Programdata!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Hello Mimimi, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You can add shortcuts and folders to Start Menu very easily:

Click Start > right click All Programs (at the bottom of Start Menu) > choose Open All Users > open Programs folder and copy / paste there everything you want to add to your Start menu, or create a shortcut.

Kari

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This worked perfect too! Thank you! I can finally access it! Yay!

Thank you everybody!
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26 May 2010   #9

XP SP3 32bit, Vista HP 64bit, Seven Pro 64bit
 
 

In Windows Seven:

There are three or more Start Menu folders. Installing an application may put shortcuts into one or more of those folders. I like to move the entries around to make my Start Menu a little cleaner looking and to group applications in related folders like putting all text editor apps in an "Editors" folder in the Start Menu.

So I just keep three shortcuts to the relevant folders:

All Users:
"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu"

Default User:
"C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu"

User Account:
"C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu"
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28 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Home)/ Win 7 Enterprise 32 Bit (Work)
 
 

Sorry if this tread is too old, but is it only me, or is this another stupid thing done by Microsoft?
I want to arrange the start folder in the programdata folder (which I can access) but is not displayed in the Explorer tree, which make reorganizing it a real nightmare...
(Workaround: Create the structure in an accessible folder, than copy the lot over into this folder)
One questions I also have:
Is this folder hidden from the user, or is it just another junction to another buried folder in the Windows or Users directory?
(For German readers: The German "Benutzer" folder is the English "Users" folder. Which seems to be established also as another junction! Try (in the German OS) creating a folder called "Users" and see what happens :-)
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