Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Can't access XP documents from Windows 7

15 Jan 2009   #11
Xax

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
 
 

I can't see that being the problem. Again, I can access x: without any problems, including programs that were installed on that drive through WinXP.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
15 Jan 2009   #12
thegr8anand

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Well I just tested it on my setup and I can access my XP desktop files without any problem. I am using same setup as yours, XP/7 dual-boot. Only mine is 7 32-bit. Though this should not cause the problem you are having. My path looks like:
J:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2009   #13
Xax

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thegr8anand View Post
Well I just tested it on my setup and I can access my XP desktop files without any problem. I am using same setup as yours, XP/7 dual-boot. Only mine is 7 32-bit. Though this should not cause the problem you are having. My path looks like:
J:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop
Dang... but thanks for letting me know. I'll keep digging.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

15 Jan 2009   #14
Xax

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
 
 

Here's something strange... I managed to find my documents in x:\users\user\my documents. But XP doesn't use \users, it uses \documents and settings. Whenever I need to access the documents in XP, I use \documents and settings. My problem is effectively solved, but does anyone have any theories as to why this would be the case?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2009   #15
Xax

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
 
 

I spoke too soon... those documents in the \users folder were from a previous Vista install. My updated documents are still inaccessible from Win7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2009   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Xax, welcome to Se7en Forums.

I just went all through my XP, and using "Take Ownership" I can access anything I choose; I'm sorry I can't be more help with this issue. I just wanted to let you know others can access XP. I hope you can get some help with this; as I have no suggestions for you.














Later Ted
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2009   #17
johngalt

 

Ummm - you mention a failed Vista install - cold Vista have overwritten some of ht permissions, and since the installation is failed, W7 cannot verify that that particular install is there and thus is not allowing you to take ownership of the files?

(just a shot in the dark)...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2009   #18
Xax

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
 
 

It's not that I can't access the folder, it's that Win7 is showing Win7's files/documents when it should be showing WinXP's files/documents. I boot back into WinXP, and there they are. I boot back into Win7, and there they aren't. Everything else on that drive is where it should be, but the WinXP files/documents are mysteriously not appearing under Win7. Again, I'm 100% certain I'm using the correct drive/partition/path. It's as though Win7 is intentionally hiding WinXP's files/documents.

Also, the previous Vista install wasn't a failed one. I had Vista installed quite a while ago, and I saved the Users folder from it before formatting the drive shortly afterwards.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2009   #19
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

I believe you are suffering from the junction folder problem, which was created in Vista originally. As you know,The Documents and settings folder, in Vista and 7, is only there for backward comatibility reasons, and is inaccessible. Any files saved from a legacy install, are tarnsferred automatically to the new documents folders in Vista/7. You may have found a serious bug! Perhaps 7 has an inability to sort out the problem and is automatically transgerring you to the new folders. Just a thought+??

You could try to test it, by writing a note in 7, and attempting to save it to the XP Documents and Settings folder. It would be interesting, if it ever allowed it, to see if the saved file pops up under the Windows 7 Documents folder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2009   #20
Xax

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
 
 

If I understand what you're saying, Win7 transfers WinXP's documents to "\users" when upgrading. However, I didn't upgrade from XP to Win7; I'm running a dual-boot system with Win7 installed on its own partition. When I boot back into XP, the documents are in "\documents and settings" on the XP partition as they should be. When I boot back into Win7 and check that location, I'm shown the documents that are actually from Win7's partition (in "\users"), even though I'm looking on XP's partition (in "\documents and settings").

It may indeed be a bug; I can't find any other explanation for it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Can't access XP documents from Windows 7




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Access Denied on 'Documents & Settings' although UAS is set to off
I'm logged in as an administrator; I open Windows Explorer using 'Run as administrator' and try to access 'Documents & Settings'. Although UAS is set to off (i.e. the slider is at the bottom of its range) I still get 'Access Denied'. I tried to run Group Management Console but the file...
System Security
Can't access Documents and Settings
Can't access Documents and Settings. how access to it?
General Discussion
access denied to documents
I usually save passwords on Wordpad but it's developed that when I try to save a new entry I get this message 'access denied'. If I make a new file in wordpad then I can save the new entry. Ideas? Win Vista and IE 9
General Discussion
Huh - I can't access my own documents???
If I launch Windows Explorer (Windows 7 BTW) the left-hand pane shows an entry called "Libraries". Underneath it are 4 further entries called Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. To pick an example, 'Pictures' corresponds to C:\Users\johne53\Pictures". 'Pictures' contains sub-entries called...
General Discussion
Can't access my documents
I have searched for an answer to this question and noone seems to have this exact problem. I have copied from XP my "my documents" folder, it is all there and in a previous install of windows 7 i was able to access all the files contained in it. Since then I have deleted both copies on XP and...
General Discussion
Can't access XP Documents
I am trying to access the files I have in "D:\Documents and Settings\Schuyler"(XP) from Windows 7. However, I get: "You don't currently have permission to access this folder, Click continue to permanantly get access to this folder." *click* "You have been denied permission to access...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:29.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App