Unaccessable Folders

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Richard Urban, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. No. They are system protected. Also, they are just pointers (links) to the
    real folders which are also system protected.

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    Regards,

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)

    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
     
    Richard Urban, Feb 8, 2007
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  2. Richard Urban

    JamesJ Guest

    Certain folders under Users, when clicked, access is denied.
    Any way around this?

    Thanks,
    James
     
    JamesJ, Feb 8, 2007
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  3. Richard Urban

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    As Richard said,

    These are not folders, they are application compatibility junctions. These
    locations no longer exist in Vista, as they have been replaced, moved, or
    renamed.

    Do not edit the security on these junctions.

    You should learn where the location you are trying to access has been moved
    to, and use the new location.

    To do that, you can use the command prompt. CD to the folder that contains
    the location you are trying to access, issue a 'dir /al' command, and find
    the junction you are looking for and it will display the location that it
    points to in brackets.


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    - JB
    Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User

    Windows Vista Support Faq
    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/
     
    Jimmy Brush, Feb 9, 2007
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  4. I had this happen after I restored my Documents folder with Nero 7 BackItUp.
    It put my Documents into a folder in Documents. I copied all the files and
    folders from /Documents/Documents into the Documents folder and it would not
    let me open any files but everything in any folder was fine. I restored
    again, overwriting the files and it still failed. I had to delete the files,
    restore them to a different folder and then copy them. I' lost : /
     
    Sam Steinhauser, Feb 9, 2007
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  5. Richard Urban

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    Did you back up the documents using Nero 7 in Windows XP? If so, the problem
    may have been with the security settings that Windows XP applied to the
    files.


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    - JB
    Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User

    Windows Vista Support Faq
    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/
     
    Jimmy Brush, Feb 9, 2007
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  6. Richard Urban

    JamesJ Guest

    I these folders are under the Users folder and have an arrow
    indicating a link.
    Is this by design?

    James
     
    JamesJ, Feb 9, 2007
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  7. I backed up the files with Nero 7 under Vista RC2 #5744. The computer has
    exactly the same name and same user.
     
    Sam Steinhauser, Feb 9, 2007
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  8. Richard Urban

    JamesJ Guest

    No I didn't.

    James
     
    JamesJ, Feb 9, 2007
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  9. I already said as much.

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    Regards,

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)

    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
     
    Richard Urban, Feb 9, 2007
    #9
  10. Richard Urban

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    OK...

    If it was a completely different installation of Windows (regardless of
    version), then the security settings would be different enough not to work.

    Security settings go by ID number internally, not user name, so even though
    the user names may be the same, the internal ID numbers would not.


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    - JB
    Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User

    Windows Vista Support Faq
    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/
     
    Jimmy Brush, Feb 10, 2007
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  11. Richard Urban

    JamesJ Guest

    What ever they go by Vista is very confusing.
    I've had it for 5 days and can't figure out why
    some folders a accessable and others aren't.
    Maybe I'll revert back to XP!!
     
    JamesJ, Feb 11, 2007
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  12. Richard Urban

    Rock Guest


    It's a learning curve. You'll get it. Any folder that is dimmed and has
    the curved arrow overlay in Explorer is not accessible, and that's because
    you don't need to go into it. They are actually junction points, all they
    contain is a link to another folder where the actual data is stored. These
    junction points exist for compatibility with older programs. For example
    the \Documents and Settings folder is not used in Vista, but it is set up as
    a junction for older programs that look for it. The junction links to the
    actual folder in vista which is \Users

    To see where each of these junction points links, open an elevated command
    prompt. Go to start | run, type in cmd, when it pops up at the top right
    click on it and choose run as administrator.

    Navigate to C:\ and give this command: dir /al /s

    It will list all the junction points and the real folder to which it points.
     
    Rock, Feb 11, 2007
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  13. Richard Urban

    JamesJ Guest

    I was going to ask why the folders with arrows are there.
    It's getting better each day.

    Thanks,
    James
     
    JamesJ, Feb 12, 2007
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  14. Richard Urban

    Rock Guest

    You're welcome. Have fun.

     
    Rock, Feb 12, 2007
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