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Locked Out of Documents and Settings?

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Running windows 7, 64 bit, on our office network and I'm locked ouit of the Documents ans Settings folder even if my user account is an administrator on our domain or on the local PC itself. I have not encountered this in XP. The accounts have full control security on that folder.

Why don't I have access?
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Question by:BruceHSanford
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The “My Documents and Settings” is not a folder used by Windows 7.  It is what is called a junction point.  If you note, the folder itself is shaded out with a shortcut overlay.  If you have "Hide protected operating system files" unchecked, then you will see these junction points. It is intended that users have no access to these junction points.

 

In Windows 7, the “My Documents and Settings“, has been replaced by "Users".  Each user account will then have Documents, Pictures, videos etc.  Note the "My" designation is no longer used.  These junction points exist to provide backwards compatibility for older programs that are unaware of the new folder structure in Windows Vista.  A program that is hardcoded to install files in the old Documents and Settings will be silently redirected to the new location.
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by:Adam Leinss
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If you want to see all the junction points on your system, you can use this as well: http://www.rekenwonder.com/linkmagic.htm
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by:jcimarron
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BruceHSanford--It seems you are not in Windows 7 when this happens.  Are you dual booting or running XP in the Virtual XP Mode?
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by:jcimarron
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BruceHSanford--Having said that and if correct, right click on Documents and Settings folder|Properties|Security tab and set the permissions appropriately.
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by:BruceHSanford
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What a great answer, very specific! I really appreciate it. Thanks jhill777.
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