We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Windows 7: how to access "Application Data" folder

andy7789
andy7789 asked
on
Hi All,

Even if I log in as administrator, I cannot access "C:\ProgramData\Application Data"

Please advise.

Thanks
Comment
Watch Question

Open the Control Panel.  Open Appearence and Personalization.  Open Folder Options.  Select the General tab.  Select Show All Folders.  Accept and close.
Commented:
The Application Data folder is not a folder; it is only a shortcut (junction) pointing to the actual folder, which is: C:Users\username\AppData\Roaming
Commented:
There is also an AppData (that's more commonly used) that you can get to simply by typing in "%appdata% after clicking the Start button ...

Commented:
That's where my shortcut points to:  C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming ..

Just type in %appdata% after clicking Start..

Author

Commented:
No, it doesn't work. What I need is to find location of that file in windows 7:

This is for Win XP
 C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\AppData\MyApplic\SharedLicenses\WindowsApplication1.lic

where could it be in Windows 7?

Commented:
Should be either:
..\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming , or:
..\Users\<username>\AppData\Local

Check out this conversion table:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb756982.aspx

Author

Commented:
I am getting crazy...

I can see this file in Vista:

C:\ProgramData\MyApplic\SharedLicenses\WindowsApplication1.lic

This is for Win XP
 C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\AppData\MyApplic\SharedLicenses\WindowsApplication1.lic


But there is nothing in Windows 7. Any suggestions where to look?
C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming

Author

Commented:
thank you, but it is not there....
What happens when you type that path in explorer? Path not found?
How far can you get? Can you get as far as C:\Users\Administrator?

Author

Commented:
I can see all directories, but these license files are not there
Application Data is not an actual folder, it is a Junction which is only there for backward compatibility. A Junction is a shortcut that redirects files and programs to a different location.

This particular Junction points to the  C:Users\username\AppData\Roaming folder.

There is a good explanation of Junction Points at the following website.

http://www.svrops.com/svrops/articles/jpoints.htm

Author

Commented:
Thank you all! Still, I cannot find these files, but anyway, thank you for help