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can't access "Documents and settings" on Windows 7

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I am trying to get intot eh 'Documents and Settings" folder on a Windows 7 machine.  User account has admin priviledges.  Error says "Access is denied" Any help is appreciated.

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cja
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by:TheBDP
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Do you have the documents and settings directed locally or to a file share?
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Did you (or someone else) create a "Documents and Settings" folder, or was it copied from another machine?  Are you an Admin on this machine?  Because Windows 7 does not have a Documents and Settings folder as XP did ... it is now C:\Users\.
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sinister_kris earned 500 total points
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You need to take ownership of the folder.

See below for step by step instructions:

http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to-take-ownership-grant-permissions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm

Kris
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by:msallam
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For you to access what you used to access (with Windows XP for example) you need to go to the "Users" folder.

Look at this:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_25126952.html

Hope that helps.
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by:LeeTutor
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As PowerEdgeTech said, the old XP folder called Documents and Settings is now replaced by one called Users.  And the "folder" that you see called Documents and Settings is actually a type of pointer (technically called a Junction Point) to the Users folder so that old XP programs that have not been modified to be compatible with Windows Vista (or Windows 7) will reference the correct storage folder.  Since it is not really a folder, but instead rather like a hidden shortcut, that is why you will receive the Access Denied message.  The operating system knows that whenever a program references what used to be called Documents and Settings it should go to the Users folder instead.
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