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How can I open Documents and Settings

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    How can I open Documents and Settings

    I need to be able to get into C:\Documents and Settings and VISTA Home Premium 64 bit does not allow me.

    I have checked of in Folder Options show Hidden Files and Folders.

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank You

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    Re: How can I open Documents and Settings

    Quote Originally Posted by hlaskin View Post
    I need to be able to get into C:\Documents and Settings and VISTA Home Premium 64 bit does not allow me.

    I have checked of in Folder Options show Hidden Files and Folders.

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank You
    In vista all users profile will be in users folder. In c:\users\ u can find all your desktop files and your documents. But documents and settings in c:\ is not a folder it's a shortcut to users folder. That shortcut is a system file so u cannot get into..

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    Re: How can I open Documents and Settings

    Quote Originally Posted by hlaskin View Post
    I need to be able to get into C:\Documents and Settings and VISTA Home Premium 64 bit does not allow me.

    I have checked of in Folder Options show Hidden Files and Folders.

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank You
    C:\documents and settings folder doesn’t exist anymore in Vista. It was replaced by C:\users and C:\ProgramData. Vista uses symbolic links pointing to these new folders for compatibility reasons. However, many guides still refer to the old folder structure. If you want to see the symbolic links, you have to enable show hidden files, which you have already done. If you run into trouble accessing it even with show hidden files enabled, try the information below that I ripped from Real Time Vista. Hope this helps.

    Access Denied to Documents and Settings

    Access Denied? But I'm an admin you say! You cannot access folders like "Local Settings", "My Documents" and "Application Data" because in Vista they are actually located elsewhere. The dim icons with the shortcut links you see are actually referred to as "Junctions". These junctions are used by Vista for compatibility but really just redirect programs to the proper location in Vista. Now it would be helpful if the Windows File Explorer treated these like shortcuts and took you to the new location, but instead you get the very intuitive "Not accessible" / "Access Denied" error, leaving you to think changing permissions may be a good idea. Don't. Leave them alone and let Vista do it's thing. As a savvy Vista user, you should go to the new "proper" location and identify these locations as legacy remnants of days past.

    So what is what? Here is a quick dump from my system to help illustrate junction points and where they point programs…
    Directory of C:\ProgramData
    Application Data [C:\ProgramData]
    Desktop [C:\Users\Public\Desktop]
    Documents [C:\Users\Public\Documents]
    Favorites [C:\Users\Public\Favorites]
    Start Menu [C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu]
    Templates [C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Templates]

    Directory of C:\Users\Bob Kelly
    Application Data [C:\Users\Bob Kelly\AppData\Roaming]
    Cookies [C:\Users\Bob Kelly\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies]
    Local Settings [C:\Users\Bob Kelly\AppData\Local]
    My Documents [C:\Users\Bob Kelly\Documents]
    NetHood [C:\Users\Bob Kelly\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts]
    PrintHood [C:\Users\Bob Kelly\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts]
    Recent [C:\Users\Bob Kelly\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent]
    SendTo [C:\Users\Bob Kelly\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo]
    Start Menu [C:\Users\Bob Kelly\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu]
    Templates [C:\Users\Bob Kelly\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates]
    Curious about your own particular system? While replacing my name with your own will likely do the trick, you can see just what your system thinks of these junction points by opening a command prompt as administrator and using the /al switch provided by the DIR command. Navigate you way to the folder in which you want to look and run "dir /al" or from the root run "dir /al /s" to dig through all the directories on your system.

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