Quote: Originally Posted by freedomdoc
My point is that I do not understand the need for aliases for directories; seems unnecessary and a source of confusion.
It is used for old broken applications that hard code the paths from previous versions in Windows. For example, in Windows XP the directory you would be looking for is "C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Documents". But in Windows Vista/7 they changed the paths to "C:\Users\[username]\Documents". This has the side-effect of breaking those applications that hard coded the old path.
If directory aliases was not necessary, symlinks
would not exist. Junctions is just a form of symlinks.