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Windows 7: Viewing System folders

02 Feb 2009   #1
smooth1212

win 7
 
 
Viewing System folders

I found the folder options for viewing system files in general. However if I try to open my Cookies or application file folders I get chimed out and a warning that says permission denied. How can I overcome this?

thanks in advance


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02 Feb 2009   #2
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Hello Smoot1212,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

See here: Take Ownership Shortcut

Enjoy your stay. Lots of great info. Check out the tutorials.

Gary
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02 Feb 2009   #3
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Do you mean the cookies and Application data folders under user?
If so, you are not meant to access them. I don't think taking ownership, as suggested above, will give you access either. They are junction folders, as they were in Vista. They are there for Backward compatibility only If you do gain access, which can be achieved through altering the security settings in properties, you will find yourself in a good deal of trouble with paths.
If you would be interested in reading up on it, and finding out the paths to the new folders, you can go here:
Application Compatibility: Junction Points and Backup Applications
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02 Feb 2009   #4
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

I just used the start menu search which found a folder 'cookies'. When I tried to click on it I got the warning. So next I right clicked and take ownership. Then when I clicked on it again the folder opened and displayed my cookies.

Gary

Edit: Unfortunately, when I right click and choose properties, it doesn't show a path. When I do the search, it is the only folder 'Cookies'.
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05 Feb 2009   #5
zBobG

XP SP3 32bit, Vista HP 64bit, Seven Pro 64bit
 
 
Take Ownership

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davehc View Post
Do you mean the cookies and Application data folders under user?
If so, you are not meant to access them. I don't think taking ownership, as suggested above, will give you access either. They are junction folders, as they were in Vista. They are there for Backward compatibility only. If you do gain access, which can be achieved through altering the security settings in properties, you will find yourself in a good deal of trouble with paths.
Trouble with paths? What kind of trouble?

I took ownership of the "My Documents" folder (junction) because I was used to that folder in XP. I haven't had any trouble with it... yet. Could you clarify what kind of trouble you can have with paths?

Can I remove Ownership permission? Do I just need to set it back to "System" ownership?
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05 Feb 2009   #6
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

The Junction points are used for older software. It may be looking for a 'My Documents Folder' and that shortcut will redirect the software to the 'Documents'. If something happens to the shortcut, that software might not install or there might be problems. I would change it back if it was me. You can make those icons disappear by clicking on 'hide protected operating system files' in windows explorer. (Organize/Folder and Search/view tab)

Gary
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05 Feb 2009   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smooth1212 View Post
I found the folder options for viewing system files in general. However if I try to open my Cookies or application file folders I get chimed out and a warning that says permission denied. How can I overcome this?

thanks in advance
Hello Smooth1212,

You can open the Cookies folder by typing shell:cookies in the Start menu search line and pressing Enter.


You can also navigate to them at the hidden system files:

C:\Users\(User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low

AND

C:\Users\(User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies


Hope this helps,
Shawn
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