How are you browsing to these locations? 'Documents & Settings', 'All
Users', and 'Application Data' are all reparse points that point to other
folders. Open a command prompt & type the following command:
C:\>dir /al /s
This will show you all the junction points on your computer. They are there
solely for backward compatibility for programs. Notice that:
Directory of C:\
11/02/2006 08:00 AM <JUNCTION> Documents and Settings [C:\Users]
Directory of C:\Users
11/02/2006 08:00 AM <SYMLINKD> All Users [C:\ProgramData]
Directory of C:\ProgramData
11/02/2006 08:00 AM <JUNCTION> Application Data [C:\ProgramData]
'Documents & Settings' points to 'C:\Users'. There 'All Users' points to
'C:\Program Data'. Once we are in 'C:\Program Data', 'Application Data'
points to 'C:\Program Data'. It is a junction that points back to its
containing folder. So the 'endless levels' of Application Data is really a
loop. Normally, the permissions entries for these junction points prohibit
browsing. Did you happen to modify those? I know they can be annoying, but
they remind you to go find the actual folder.
Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
"alexanderd" <alexanderd@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>i am at a loss to understand " Documents & Settings/ all users/ " i seem to
> have "/application Data " files some 20 + directories deep. whilst there
> only 2 users on my PC myself as administrator and my wife as a separate
> loggin. What have i done wrong and how can i correct it. Stupid as it
> seem i was contemplating deleting Documents & Settings/ all
> Data/application Data/application Data at the 5th Directory.
> Can any one advise me what to do and what to correct so that it dose not
> happen again.