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Windows 7: can't access folders

05 Jun 2011   #1
Jack C

Windows 7 Professsional 64 bit
 
 
can't access folders

New to Win 7 and feeling my way around file management. Folders which I think I should have access to don't seem available. Examples:
c:\users\my username\application data
c:\users\my username\cookies
c:\users\my username\local settings
Also Print Hood, net hood, start menu

I tried right clicking and editing permissions under the security tab but it's a little confusing. "Everyone" already seems to have full control.

I am the only "user" and presumably have administrative privileges.
I'm glad to read up on this if you can give me a link. The Windows "help" module wasn't helpful.

Many thanks.

Jack


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05 Jun 2011   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Folders that Deny access or have an arrow on them are Junctions these are for old broken applications. See links in my signature. You should leave these alone. They are only there so old applications put there stuff into the new locations.
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05 Jun 2011   #3
Jack C

Windows 7 Professsional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Folders that Deny access or have an arrow on them are Junctions these are for old broken applications. See links in my signature. You should leave these alone. They are only there so old applications put there stuff into the new locations.
Logicearth,
Very, very nice and clear and complete explanation. Although I'm not managing a bunch of computers, I do very much like to know what is going on with my file management, so I do view hidden and system files.
I never used the "My" folders much on Win XP, so it may be easier for me to transfer some of my XP files and folders to Win 7. Perhaps I should now take a lot of the folders and subfolders I created under the root directory of Win XP and put them into the c:\users\my username directory.
Many thanks again. I put your extensive explanation into a pdf file and will use it as a reference, nice to have the new environment variables too.
Jack
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05 Jun 2011   #4
Jack C

Windows 7 Professsional 64 bit
 
 

One more question... I still see some "my" folders which are not marked as junction points under the c:\users\<user> folder. Did MS change back to using the "my" designation after Vista? I don't see c:\users\<user>\documents folder.
Just wondering if I should use the "my documents" folder in Win 7.
I'm trying to arrange some sort of scheme to put my files in and don't want to put a lot of work into it if it's going to have to be redone. Thanks again.
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05 Jun 2011   #5
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Open one of the folders in question and then click once in the address bar. You will now see the actual physical path on the hard drive for that location.

There are no "My" folders physically created on the hard drive. The My designations are just pointers.

Example:
c users lee "my documents" is located at c:\users\lee\documents
c users lee "my pictures" is located at c:\users\lee\pictures

Bear in mind though that other software programs might still create actual folders with My in the name.
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05 Jun 2011   #6
Jack C

Windows 7 Professsional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Open one of the folders in question and then click once in the address bar. You will now see the actual physical path on the hard drive for that location.

There are no "My" folders physically created on the hard drive. The My designations are just pointers.

Example:
c users lee "my documents" is located at c:\users\lee\documents
c users lee "my pictures" is located at c:\users\lee\pictures

Bear in mind though that other software programs might still create actual folders with My in the name.
I'm getting the picture. I see in the address bar c:\users\<user>\documents, but I see in the Explorer Tree "My documents". How confusing is that? I guess I'll get used to it, but it could get confusing if you wanted to write a batch file to copy something to or from that folder.
Many thanks again for your patience.
Jack


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05 Jun 2011   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

That's correct, the path has no "My" in Win 7, but in Explorer it does. At least it is how my clean install does it.
As example:
can't access folders-docs.png


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05 Jun 2011   #8
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

The "My Documents" name comes from the desktop.ini file which provides a localized display name for "Documents" so other languages still have a "Documents" folder but it would be displayed in their language.

BTW, I do recommend you run with Aero on, not Classic. Aero itself runs and lives directly on your video card, Classic and Aero Basic are exclusively on the CPU and System RAM. Your video card is more then a power house on its own.
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05 Jun 2011   #9
Jack C

Windows 7 Professsional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
That's correct, the path has no "My" in Win 7, but in Explorer it does. At least it is how my clean install does it.
As example:
Attachment 158250
Thanks, at least I can understand now why that apparent discrepancy isn't really what it seems to be.
Jack
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05 Jun 2011   #10
Jack C

Windows 7 Professsional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
The "My Documents" name comes from the desktop.ini file which provides a localized display name for "Documents" so other languages still have a "Documents" folder but it would be displayed in their language.

BTW, I do recommend you run with Aero on, not Classic. Aero itself runs and lives directly on your video card, Classic and Aero Basic are exclusively on the CPU and System RAM. Your video card is more then a power house on its own.
I'm not sure what that means, but I will investigate and will surely take your advice.
Thanks
Jack
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