Documents transferred over do not show in "my documents" folder

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by joneschik, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. joneschik

    joneschik Guest

    My friend copied and transferred all his files from his old XP Pro
    computer under c:\documents and settings\jdoe\my documents into the
    new computer that's got Vista on it to: c:\users\jdoe\ however, they
    don't show up. You can "search" for them & find them and you can open
    and edit them. But you can't save them. Does anyone have any ideas
    for me? We've tried 'un-hiding" hidden folders yet to no avail: we
    still can't see them under the My documents folder. And then, there
    is the problem with not being able to save the documents. Any ideas
    would be appreciated.
    joneschik, Jul 2, 2007
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    Dave Guest

    Did he try to copy them to a "My Documents" folder on the Vista computer?
    The Vista "My Documents" is not a folder. Do not try to open it or copy
    stuff to it.
    It is a junction point for legacy programs that try to install to that
    directory. Actually, it points to the "Documents" directory. Perhaps that
    is where his files are. That's where they should be.

    If you can search & find the documents, then you should know where they are.

    If he can't save the edited files, it's probably a permissions problem, and
    he needs to take ownership of them.
    Dave, Jul 2, 2007
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    Michael Guest

    Question: Did your friend use the included transfer program or did he do it
    himself (over network or via CDs for instance):

    Note that My Documents, My Pictures etc no longer exist as Locations with
    Vista. Some what look like links exist and are visible if you have show
    hidden and system folders set, they are not even links and are there for
    backward compatibility, leave them alone!.

    If the transfer program was used then the documents should be under

    If you can search for one and find it, right click on it and select
    'properties' , the General Tab reports the actual file location.

    If the files were transferred to a CD and then reloaded into the Vista,
    they may have carried over the write only attribute from the CD and are
    'write only'. The same properties General tab will report a check mark
    towards bottom if the files are write only.
    Michael, Jul 2, 2007
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