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Windows 7: Repetition of ApplicationData 10 times under Local

05 Apr 2010   #11
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

I just saw logicearth's signature, and I'm going to quote the first link as it was useful (even to me)

Quote:
An application that isn’t familiar with junctions may get stuck in an infinite loop when it attempts to perform a recursive directory-tree walk. To prevent this, the compatibility junctions permit directory traversal but explicitly deny List contents permission: If you try to navigate to these folders from Explorer or the command prompt, you’ll get an Access denied error.



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06 Apr 2010   #12
jhmac77

win 7 and xp
 
 

I am not talking about being denied I am talking about why there are so many and when I delete them it does'n seem to change my email. I can delete them and that is what happened. Now tell me are all these repetitions necessary??
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06 Apr 2010   #13
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

We know exactly what you're talking about. Reread our statements plx.

Better yet, just answer the previous simple question: Did you or did you not modify folder permissions?
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06 Apr 2010   #14
jhmac77

win 7 and xp
 
 

I am able to delete what I need to because I changed permissions earlier. The question here is Are these repetitions necessary? They take up much space. I did delete some of them and my email did not change. To me it looks like a "run away Windows" doing something that is absolutely not important.

So the question is can I delete these without any consequences?
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06 Apr 2010   #15
jhmac77

win 7 and xp
 
 

???
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06 Apr 2010   #16
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Because you changed permissions, you broke the junction points that link to AppData and thus causing an infinite loop, which caused the application to create multiple folders and multiple files within those folders.

This problem is a bit complicated and I could not say for sure the scope of the consequences you get from deleting the duplicate folders. If programs created files within any of the 10 folders, and you deleted them, then it would definitely break most, if not all, the programs you have.

You could do a system restore, then check the folder directory tree. If the subsequent AppData folders have little to no files on them, or if they are duplicates of the main folder, then you "might" be able to delete them without further implications.

However, with ruined permissions, it is very likely that this problem would re-occur anyway.
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07 Apr 2010   #17
jhmac77

win 7 and xp
 
 

???
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07 Apr 2010   #18
jhmac77

win 7 and xp
 
 

I don't understand this language!! Please use plain English!!




Quote:
An application that isn’t familiar with junctions may get stuck in an infinite loop when it attempts to perform a recursive directory-tree walk. To prevent this, the compatibility junctions permit directory traversal but explicitly deny List contents permission: If you try to navigate to these folders from Explorer or the command prompt, you’ll get an Access denied error.

None of my email have changed after deletion!!
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07 Apr 2010   #19
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jhmac77 View Post
I don't understand this language!! Please use plain English!!




Quote:
An application that isn’t familiar with junctions may get stuck in an infinite loop when it attempts to perform a recursive directory-tree walk. To prevent this, the compatibility junctions permit directory traversal but explicitly deny List contents permission: If you try to navigate to these folders from Explorer or the command prompt, you’ll get an Access denied error.

None of my email have changed after deletion!!
I'll take a shot at it. TRANSLATION: Don't change the permissions or ownership of certain nodes, which appear as folders with shortcut arrows on them, or you will creat a mess like the one that you have.

If a simple statement isn't sufficient, there are certain "folders" that are not folders, they are actually nodes. These nodes were created to provide compatibility with programs designed for use prior to Vista. Nodes, such as Documents And Settings, Application Data, etc. do not actually exist as folders. They simply point to newer folders that serve the purpose of the older ones.

When you take ownership of one of these nodes, and then attempt to open it, it will simply take you to the location that was intended for the programs to reach. However, since that same "folder" (node) will also appear there, and a program installation tries to use that again, it will be redirected once more in the same fashion. This can continue infinitum.

The bottom line is to never take ownership or change the permissions of these nodes.
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08 Apr 2010   #20
jhmac77

win 7 and xp
 
 

BEHND CLOSED DOORS!!

When I first used Windows 7 I noticed these weird "shortcut folders" that wouldn't open. XP never had any such anomalies, and I didn't bother to try to open them. I thought they were permanently closed!! Then I tried to access certain folders from another computer which I knew would open but they wouldn't so I changed all the folders so they would be accessible and then the weird folder opened and started to cycle. For the life of me I don't even know why there are" behind closed doors" in win 7 and not in XP. Microsoft is so screwy! and mixed up?

I am not even sure there is anything behind these closed doors. Maybe the secret police?
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