How do I unlock the Documents and Settings folder on a Windows 7 PC

I need to be able to access the Documents and Settings folder in Windows 7.  I access this folder either through a mapped drive on my computer, remote access to computers on my domain  or when I log onto computers with my Administrative rights.
It is necessary for me to have these rights.  Some of our programs required shortcuts put in the All User Desktop folders, recovery of documents and files if a system becomes corrupted, and also the ability to rename a folder to OLD when it has been corrupted.  I am currently using Windows XP and don't have a problem with access to other computers.  But, with Windows 7, this is a problem.  I can’t transfer files with this restriction.
When I logged onto a Windows 7 PC with local Administrative rights, I wasn't able change the security permissions.  I’m denied ACCESS.
How do I get around this.  I have full administrative rights to our domain and locally to the PC.
plapataAsked:
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McKnifeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi.
First, please inform yourself about the changes MS has made to the folder structure in vista and win7.
In fact, docs and settings is no folder but a symbolic link.
Have a look at the following paths:
%userprofile%
%allusersprofile%
%appdata%
%localappdata%
C:\Users\Public\Desktop
%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu
%allusersprofile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\

Now to give more insight on your other questions:
>ability to rename a folder to OLD when it has been corrupted ->what is a corrupted folder? data corruption has to be treated with checkdisk and xp could not rename corrupted folders. Maybe you are talking about files that had been in use and have not been unlocked by the OS afterwards (so: OS sees them as opened and the parent folder cannot be renamed).
> ...access to other computers.  with Windows 7, this is a problem...
Please tell us what is happening.
> ... wasn't able change the security permissions...
Perms of what?

Also inform yourself about the UAC and about what elevation means. An (domain) admin is equal to a user unless elevated.


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plapataAuthor Commented:
I've since looked closer at the folders on the C:\ drive and found the User Folder.  This I can access with no problem.

When I mentioned corrupted folders, I meant corrupted profiles.  Sometimes a user's profile would become corrupted and the quickest solution would be to rename the folder to OLD and then have the user log back onto the computer; therefore, creating another folder under  Documents and Settings.  I would then copy only the needed documents, Favorites, Desktop, etc. from the older folder to the new folder and have them up and running.

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