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hi experts,

 i'm trying to access some folders under c:\programdata\application data and I'm getting an error that it is not accessible?? i'm logged on with a userid that has adminitrator's rights and I even logon as an adminsitrator and same results????
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Question by:frankbustos
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by:kinecsys
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if you are indeed a local computer administrator, right click that folder, goto security, advanced, ownership, edit ownership, and change ownership to Local Administrators
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by:Run5k
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If you don't mind me asking, why do you need to access folders within the "C:\ProgramData\Application Data" hierarchy?  It's exceedingly rare when even an IT professional would need to delve into that hidden system folder.
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Ramakrishna Prabhu earned 2000 total points
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Hi Frank,

Hope this helps..

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
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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C:\ProgramData does not have an appdata folder (this is the all users folder)
C:Users\username\AppData\Roaming  (this is the per user folder)

as shown in this video
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thanks!
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