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Invisible special XP folders like "My Music" and My Videos" in Vista.

  1. #1


    ceed Guest

    Invisible special XP folders like "My Music" and My Videos" in Vista.

    Hi,

    I have noticed that a back-up program I use and also a file search
    keeps finding the old Windows XP special folders in Vista. It's
    folders like "My Music", "My Documents" and "Nethood". There's
    actually quite a few more in my user directory, but I'm not going to
    list them all. However, I can not see this directories in Windows
    Explorer and they cause error messages when I try to open them from
    other programs. My back-up stops with an error also since it isn't
    able to read inside these invisible directories. What are these, and
    do I need them for anything? They must be some legacy thing from
    Windows XP since I recognize the names of them, but why are they
    present and invisible on Vista?

    //C


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  2. #2


    Robert Firth Guest

    Re: Invisible special XP folders like "My Music" and My Videos" in Vista.

    There are there because some programs expect them to be there. The are
    junctions, only there for application compatibility. They are hidden for a
    reason, leave them alone and all will be well

    Robert Firth
    http://www.winvistainfo.org

    "ceed" <ceed.spameater@dysthe.net> wrote in message
    news:1187063262.338885.94180@57g2000hsv.googlegroups.com...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I have noticed that a back-up program I use and also a file search
    > keeps finding the old Windows XP special folders in Vista. It's
    > folders like "My Music", "My Documents" and "Nethood". There's
    > actually quite a few more in my user directory, but I'm not going to
    > list them all. However, I can not see this directories in Windows
    > Explorer and they cause error messages when I try to open them from
    > other programs. My back-up stops with an error also since it isn't
    > able to read inside these invisible directories. What are these, and
    > do I need them for anything? They must be some legacy thing from
    > Windows XP since I recognize the names of them, but why are they
    > present and invisible on Vista?
    >
    > //C
    >



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  3. #3


    ceed Guest

    Re: Invisible special XP folders like "My Music" and My Videos" in Vista.

    On Aug 13, 10:55 pm, "Robert Firth" <webmas...@winvistainfo.org>
    wrote:
    > There are there because some programs expect them to be there. The are
    > junctions, only there for application compatibility. They are hidden for a
    > reason, leave them alone and all will be well
    >
    > Robert Firthhttp://www.winvistainfo.org
    >
    > "ceed" <ceed.spamea...@dysthe.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:1187063262.338885.94180@57g2000hsv.googlegroups.com...
    >
    >
    >
    > > Hi,

    >
    > > I have noticed that a back-up program I use and also a file search
    > > keeps finding the old Windows XP special folders in Vista. It's
    > > folders like "My Music", "My Documents" and "Nethood". There's
    > > actually quite a few more in my user directory, but I'm not going to
    > > list them all. However, I can not see this directories in Windows
    > > Explorer and they cause error messages when I try to open them from
    > > other programs. My back-up stops with an error also since it isn't
    > > able to read inside these invisible directories. What are these, and
    > > do I need them for anything? They must be some legacy thing from
    > > Windows XP since I recognize the names of them, but why are they
    > > present and invisible on Vista?

    >
    > > //C- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    No, all is not well. My back-up program which I have been using for
    years doesn't work because of all the errors caused by these
    directories which can not be read. I wish I could at least see them.
    So I guess it's backwards compatibility for some programs, and
    problems for others. I hate it when the OS hides stuff from me. I paid
    for it! I want to see and mess and break it. It's mine!

    And I was so happy because I had just gotten rid of UAC.......sigh...

    //C


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  4. #4


    ceed Guest

    Re: Invisible special XP folders like "My Music" and My Videos" in Vista.

    On Aug 13, 11:08 pm, "Chad Harris" <vistaneedsmuchowork.net> wrote:
    > Yup ceed--
    >
    > You are getting frustrated over junction or reparse points:
    >
    > See:
    >
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_junction_point
    >
    > http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Window...ovingMyDocumen...
    >
    > http://www.hanselman.com/blog/MoreOn...rsePoints.aspx
    >
    > http://windowsconnected.com/blogs/jo...06/09/28/Windo...
    >
    > http://www.svrops.com/svrops/articles/jpoints.htm
    >
    > CH
    >

    Ah! Thanks! So now I have to worry about junctions breaking my back-
    up. Oh joy....and it's for back-up compatibility? Doesn't work in this
    case.

    //C


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  5. #5


    ceed Guest

    Re: Invisible special XP folders like "My Music" and My Videos" in Vista.

    On Aug 13, 11:27 pm, "Chad Harris" <vistaneedsmuchowork.net> wrote:
    > Ceed--
    >
    > How are you backing up? What backup program are you using and what happens?
    > Junctions should not be breaking your backup whether you use the Backup and
    > Restore center on the control panel or some app like Acronis.
    >
    > CH
    >
    > "ceed" <ceed.spamea...@dysthe.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:1187064930.131428.154840@57g2000hsv.googlegroups.com...
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Aug 13, 11:08 pm, "Chad Harris" <vistaneedsmuchowork.net> wrote:
    > >> Yup ceed--

    >
    > >> You are getting frustrated over junction or reparse points:

    >
    > >> See:

    >
    > >>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_junction_point

    >
    > >>http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Window...ovingMyDocumen...

    >
    > >>http://www.hanselman.com/blog/MoreOn...rsePoints.aspx

    >
    > >>http://windowsconnected.com/blogs/jo...06/09/28/Windo...

    >
    > >>http://www.svrops.com/svrops/articles/jpoints.htm

    >
    > >> CH

    >
    > > Ah! Thanks! So now I have to worry about junctions breaking my back-
    > > up. Oh joy....and it's for back-up compatibility? Doesn't work in this
    > > case.

    >
    > > //C- Hide quoted text -

    >

    I'm doing what I have always done: Using WinRAR to back up all my data
    and then sync the back-up sets weekly. It has worked flawlessly for
    years. Now I get all these messages from WinRAR about folders that
    can't be read and the back-up set creation quits. This is a simple but
    effective back-up. I would really like to be able to continue doing
    it. I will also ask RARLab to included an option to ignore junctions
    in their settings. That would solve the problem.

    //ceed


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  6. #6


    ceed Guest

    Re: Invisible special XP folders like "My Music" and My Videos" in Vista.

    On Aug 13, 11:31 pm, "Chad Harris" <vistaneedsmuchowork.net> wrote:
    > Ceed--
    >
    > By any chance are you trying to use the ImageX tool? If so see:
    >
    > You cannot use the ImageX.exe tool as a backup tool on a Windows Vista-based
    > computerhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/935467/en-us
    >

    No, thank you for the link. I am simply using WinRAR. Have done so for
    years without problems. I am hoping they, RarLab, will fix it in
    WinRAR so that junctions can be ignored when adding files to back-up
    sets.

    //ceed


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  7. #7


    ceed Guest

    Re: Invisible special XP folders like "My Music" and My Videos" in Vista.

    On Aug 13, 11:27 pm, "Chad Harris" <vistaneedsmuchowork.net> wrote:
    > Ceed--
    >
    > How are you backing up? What backup program are you using and what happens?
    > Junctions should not be breaking your backup whether you use the Backup and
    > Restore center on the control panel or some app like Acronis.
    >
    > CH
    >
    > "ceed" <ceed.spamea...@dysthe.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:1187064930.131428.154840@57g2000hsv.googlegroups.com...
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Aug 13, 11:08 pm, "Chad Harris" <vistaneedsmuchowork.net> wrote:
    > >> Yupceed--

    >
    > >> You are getting frustrated over junction or reparse points:

    >
    > >> See:

    >
    > >>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_junction_point

    >
    > >>http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Window...ovingMyDocumen...

    >
    > >>http://www.hanselman.com/blog/MoreOn...rsePoints.aspx

    >
    > >>http://windowsconnected.com/blogs/jo...06/09/28/Windo...

    >
    > >>http://www.svrops.com/svrops/articles/jpoints.htm

    >
    > >> CH

    >
    > > Ah! Thanks! So now I have to worry about junctions breaking my back-
    > > up. Oh joy....and it's for back-up compatibility? Doesn't work in this
    > > case.

    >
    > > //C- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Update: RarLab has already fixed this in a test build they sent me
    which ignores the junctions. Problem solved! What a great piece of
    software WinRAR is..

    //ceed


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