Are my files arranged as they should be?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by browniebodrum, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. When I got my Vista Business laptop in spring I had a lot of problems
    accessing folders which I'd transferred over from my previous laptop which
    was running XP, and I kept getting messages to say I did not have permission
    to open the folder (or something like that) even though I am the only user of
    the Vista machine (as I was on the XP machine) and I have administrator
    rights in Vista.

    I'd like to know if my folder structure is like that of other Vista users or
    if I've got some irregularities there which are still causing indexing,
    search and access issues.

    For example, if I click on 'Start' (the Windows logo button or key), then
    click the 'Documents' link under [My name ] (at the top of the right-hand
    column, in black), Windows Explorer opens and in the address line at the top
    it says > [My Name] > Documents. In the left-hand pane, 'Documents' is
    highlighted and in the right-hand pane, sure enough, I can see all the
    sub-folders of 'Documents' (i.e. what was 'My Documents' in XP). BUT if I
    scroll up to the top of the left-hand pane and click [My Name], in the
    right-hand pane I then see a number of folders, but Documents is not one of
    them. I know by trial and error that to get to 'Documents' from here, I have
    to click on a folder in the right-hand pane called 'Links', then click on a
    SHORTCUT to Documents in the Links folder, to get me to the 'Documents'
    folder. Is this the same for everyone?

    Another possibly related example is that when I use Windows Picture Gallery,
    I simply can't add any pictures to the Gallery from 'my' Pictures, I've had
    to put them all in the Public Pictures folder to be able to view them using
    Gallery. (Using Windows Live Picture Gallery makes no difference). I get a
    message saying I don't have permission to access 'my' Pictures folder or that
    it's a system folder.

    I'm obviously not understanding something, so I'd be grateful for help or
    pointers to more reading.
    browniebodrum, Nov 16, 2009
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    Bob Guest

    Bob, Nov 16, 2009
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  3. Hi Bob, thanks for the response and apologies for the lack of reply until now
    - I didn't receive any reply notifications and hadn't had chance till today
    to come and browse the messageboard again.

    I followed the excellent instructions and added "Take Ownership" to the
    right-click menu in Vista and that's working correctly. However, I can't
    navigate to a position where I've got the root folder 'Documents' in the
    right-hand pane and select it, in order to take ownership, and the 'take
    ownership' option does not appear if I do shift/right click on the
    'Documents' folder where it appears in the left-hand 'Folders' pane. I have
    taken ownership of the first folder and its contents in 'Documents' but that
    has not made any difference to the apparent location of 'Documents' or how I
    have to navigate to it (as described in my original post), via the 'Links'

    On a positive note, the second issue I mentioned (whereby Windows Picture
    Gallery previously would not allow me to add pictures to the gallery from
    'my' Pictures folder) is now resolved, even though I did not specifically
    take ownership of 'my' Pictures folder. Perhaps the act of running
    Ownership.reg has fixed some previous errors in the Registry, but I cannot be
    sure because in my haste to try out the 'Take Ownership' fix, I did not check
    to see whether the problem still persisted before I applied the fix. I will
    try and be more methodical in future. ;-)

    browniebodrum, Dec 1, 2009
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    Bob Guest

    You should not have to "do shift/right click" in either pane.

    Just right click.

    Bob, Dec 3, 2009
  5. Thanks for this, Bob. I have done some more testing and can confirm the
    'take ownership' option on the menu only appears if I am pressing 'shift' as
    I right-click. Right-clicking the folder or file does not bring up the 'Take
    Ownership' line on the menu. Is this part of the problem? When I click
    'Properties' of an individual file in Documents, and click details, most of
    them are showing as belonging to me anyway ([MyComputerName]\[MyName]). Any
    further suggestions?

    PS apologies for this being off-post but can you advise me where I should
    post for help with the newsgroup itself? I'm not getting notifications of
    new postings even though I've ticked the box for that and they aren't
    appearing in my spam folders, either (hence the again-delayed reply to your

    Regards, browniebodrum

    browniebodrum, Dec 4, 2009
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    Bob Guest

    Are there any security programs that were pre-installed on your PC?

    Bob, Dec 5, 2009
  8. It did have Norton pre-loaded on it but (after a lot of message about) I got
    rid of it using something I downloaded and following advice on various forums
    - sorry I can't say exactly what/how, now, I can't remember. I've discovered
    something else since I last posted. First, the original problem with not
    being able to add 'my' Pictures folder to the Windows Picture Gallery (while
    *in* WPG) still persists (I still get the error saying the folder is a hidden
    or system folder (even though I've checked and I'm the owner). Also, there
    is a folder with the name 'Users' on my Desktop which contains 4 folders
    which have various variations of NTUSER.DAT as their name. A number of posts
    on the web say this folder is a hive for the Registry, BUT that it should be
    in the Documents and Settings folder. Is this part of the problem, do you

    browniebodrum, Dec 22, 2009
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