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Permission to Access Folders

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Bastiat, Dec 20, 2009.

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  1. Bastiat

    Bastiat Thread Starter

    Oct 18, 2007
    New laptop that will not allow me to access certain folders. I have gone into the Folder option in the Control Panel and marked off show me everything but when I attempting to access the "Documents and Settings" folder in the C drive I'm denied access.

    There is only one person created for the computer......... me. The computer also shows a "owner".

    So the questions is how do I change the "permissions" to give access to all folder on the C drive?
  2. TheOutcaste


    Aug 7, 2007
    Documents and Settings isn't actually a folder, it a Junction (aka Reparse Point or Symbolic Link) pointing to the new location, which is C:\Users.
    Users (Even the Administrator) don't have access to the Junctions so they don't accidentally get moved or deleted, which could make programs not written for the new locations to stop working, or even crash.
    You can give yourself access on the Security tab (right click, click Properties), but there is nothing inside to access.

    Lots of folders have changed from XP. Just takes a while to get used to it.
    Here's a few of the new locations:
    My Pictures, My Music, My Videos–Where did they go?
    And more info:
    More on Vista Reparse Points
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