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Windows 7: Can't access C:\Programdata

29 Oct 2011   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marwerno View Post
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:

1. Is this folder hidden from the user, or is it just another junction to another buried folder in the Windows or Users directory?

2. (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 :-)
1. To avoid retyping, I'm just quoting myself. This from another thread:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quick access to Programs > Startup folder:

- Start Menu > Right click All Programs > choose Open (current user's Start Menu Programs folder) or Open All Users (all users Start Menu Programs folder). Startup (individual or all users) is a subfolder of Programs.
2. The names of the system folders are hard coded to Windows. This has many practical reasons, one being for instance the ease of use of Windows environment variables.

In my multi language setup for instance I use language packs on Seven Ultimate to completely change OS language. I have user accounts in English, Finnish, Swedish and German. This would be if not impossible but at least quite complicated if my system had to have 4 different folders for Users (Users (ENG), Käyttäjät (FIN), Användare (SWE), Benutzer (GER)).

As it is now, the system has only one Users folder with is presented in respective language. Very practical.


Additional reading:
- Recognized Environment Variables
- Windows 7 Environment Variables List

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02 Nov 2011   #12

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

Hi Kari,
thanks for the reply on this old tread, but you misinterpreted my problem.
I can access the start items (per user or all users) without any problems, but the explorer TREE is missing! So you can't actually drag and drop items in the folders.(*)

I also basically like the idea of virtual folders for the exact same reason you are stating (I am running the German and the English version of Win 7), HOWEVER:
- the explorer tree should always be visible
- the "original" folders should be able to be found out easier and it should be made clear to the (advanced) users, which folders are "real" and which are "virtual" (maybe slightly different icons? Like the shortcut arrow overlay on any shortcut you create to any file or folder)

I just found out that this is a bug, that happens on hidden (system) folders.
If I unhide all system folders the explorer tree is displayed!
I am not 100% sure, but I think in Win XP once you were in a hidden folder the explorer tree would still be visible.
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