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Windows 7: privacy violation in c:\users\jack\documents

02 Jan 2016   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
privacy violation in c:\users\jack\documents

I "un-hided" the operating system folders and in c:\users\jack\documents there were three short cut files to "my music", "my videos", and "my pictures". It seems Microsoft has accessed my private documents folder without my consent and dropped some litter there. I deleted these. I rebooted and they were there again. I deleted them again. I rebooted and they were not there. What determines whether they will be there?


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03 Jan 2016   #2

Windows 10 x64

Microsoft has accessed your private documents? How do you know? How could you know?
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03 Jan 2016   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Each time you go to sleep, Bill Gates goes to your computer and creates those 3 links just to annoy you.

But seriously, that's normal. It's NOT any kind of privacy breach or anything, and obviusly Microsoft has NO access at that at all. Those 3 are part of the set of junction points Windows 7 creates by default in any new installation, entirely for compatibility with previous versions.
It also seems to recreate those from time to time, just like Explorer "loves" to drop those pesky and useless desktop.ini files all over your profile. Annoying, but just ignore them. An alternative would be to not use the default documents folder, but create another one under your profile and use that instead. The built-in document folder has become home of trash from many misbehaving programs too.
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03 Jan 2016   #4

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM

^^^ ^^^

What Alejandros85 said.

I proudly wear my tinfoil hat when using any Windows pc but those links are part of the default install and I'm not crazy enough to try and track that one down.

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03 Jan 2016   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Robocopy stumbled on these (presumed) junctions. I'll have to robocopy with an option to skip them.
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04 Jan 2016   #6

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by broiyan View Post
Robocopy stumbled on these (presumed) junctions. I'll have to robocopy with an option to skip them.
Such as the /xj switch.
                /XJ :: eXclude Junction points. (normally included by default).
               /XJD :: eXclude Junction points for Directories.
               /XJF :: eXclude Junction points for Files.
(/XJF. Junction points for files? Huh...)

Those junction points in question actually exist under the Public user's Documents folder, namely C:\Users\Public\Documents. But despite not having the Hidden or System file attribute, they don't show up in my C:\Users\%Username%\Documents folder, though I am using Windows 8.1. Can someone confirm whether those junctions exist under their Documents folder in Window 7?
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