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VISTA - Documents and Settings - Access Denied - Windows Explorer

Posted on 2009-04-14
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I've noticed in my windows explorer for VISTA that i have a "Documents and Settings" shortcut. When I click on this I get access denied. I think this shortcut is for Backward compatibility. There are a few more shortcuts that look like they come from XP. Is it possible to turn them off?
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Documents and Settings is not really a folder any more on Vista.  It's there as a "link" used by the operating system so that old XP programs that reference that folder rather than use system calls to get the new Document subfolder under Users will still work...
   
Documents and Settings is now a "junction".  See this page for a bit more info:

http://www.devsource.com/article2/0,1895,1999637,00.asp
Finding the User Settings in Vista
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You probably should not delete those junction points because then many older programs written for Windows XP and not updated to be fully compatible with Vista will not work.
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Can you hide them because when I click on them it says "Access Denied"
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If you go to Control Panel, choose Classic view, then click on Folder Options, then click on the View tab, there is an option for Hide protected operating system file (Recommended).  Put a check mark next to that, and the junction points will no longer be seen.
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dfincham28, is your question answered?
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