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documents and settings is not accessible

In Windows 7, is the security different than xp?

when we try to open documents and settings, it gives access is denied error

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anushahanna
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Glen KnightCommented:
You need to be logged in as an administrator.
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dicconbCommented:
Documents and settings is not an actual folder in Vista and Windows 7. It is a dummy folder for backwards compatibilty purposes - user data is now stored in folders within c:\users.  
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beanrodCommented:
I think you will find
Documents and Settings has been replaced with Users in Windows 7
Documentsa and Settings is present in Windows 7 as a hidden folder it just tells programs to look to the Users to best my knowledge...

So do you need access to docs and setting because you are looking for users or because you have upgraded OS?
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
backwards compatibilty- how does it work? user is not able to access the folder. why else would it be there?
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beanrodCommented:
Sorry dicconb you are spot on my screen hadn't refreshed yet to see you had already posted the awnswer :)
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
i am copying some files from the old XP pc into the Win7 PC. So I thought the obvious place to drop it off is from D&S to D&S.- that is why I tried there.
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Glen KnightCommented:
The actual folder is c:\users but I think it's still protected.
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dicconbCommented:
It cannot be accessed directly - if a program attempts to access c:\documents and settings\joebloggs\ the backwards compatibility features within Windows 7 transparently redirects the request to c:\users\joebloggs to prevent the program crashing.

If you are copying files from c:\documents and settings\johndoe\my documents on a Windows XP PC, you will need to copy them to  c:\users\johndoe\my documents on the Windows 7 PC. 
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beanrodCommented:
XP
I would open your profile in docs and settings

Win 7
Open your profile under users.

Copy from XP to 7
Your Documents
Favourites
etc.
Don't move app data, start menu etc as it will give you greif

Note My Docs in XP has Music and Pictures Subfolders... These are now Root folders in your profile in Win 7
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John GriffithCommented:
Windows 7 may appear to contain "My Documents", but the folder name to copy to Windows 7 is "Documents" - just as in Vista.  
The best document that I have ever found detailing the naming convention change in XP and Vista (the same for WIndows 7) -->  http://www.svrops.com/svrops/articles/jpoints.htm  scroll about 2-3 pages down.
Regards. . .
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