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Windows 7: Access Denied in Explorer

30 Sep 2010   #1
JimBland

Windows 7
 
 
Access Denied in Explorer

I loved the way that XP would allow you to organize the Start Menu for each user. Windows 7 won't even allow me to open the Start Menu for ANY user. I am set-up as an administrator, have granted myself full access - I've even run Explorer as an administrator, but still Windows won't let me in. I can't even access the Startup folder to add a program.
Help!


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30 Sep 2010   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

You will find the start menu folder under c:\users\<your user name>\appdata\roaming\Microsoft\Windows\
The start menu under users\<your user name>\ is a junction. It is not a real folder. It is there to allow legacy programs to interface with the new folder structure under Windows 7.
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30 Sep 2010   #3
JimBland

Windows 7
 
 

I found the answer in an older thread. The problem is due to lack of ownership. The Add_Take_Ownership.reg tweak allowed me to access my Start Menu and add a program to the Startup folder. I understand that the Documents and Settings area consists of junctions, but the Start Menu? I don't think so. Oh, well. Time will tell.
Thanks for the response.
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30 Sep 2010   #4
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

What I have stated is correct, but I'm glad you worked it out.


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30 Sep 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello JimBland, welcome to Seven Forums!



If this is the startup file you are referring to, you have to right click and click open to get access to it.

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30 Sep 2010   #6
JimBland

Windows 7
 
 

You are right! Why didn't Windows make this more evident? Now I have ownership of, I don't, know hundreds of files. How do I revert ownership?
Should I just restore an old image.... or take my chances?
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30 Sep 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I'd just leave it as it is, you will cause serious issues if you try to set it all back to default.

Ask first, someone here knows almost anything you need to know about Windows 7.
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