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Folders in explorer appear as shortcuts and refuse access

  1. #1


    Florida
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8

    Folders in explorer appear as shortcuts and refuse access


    I just got a laptop with windows 8 last week. I hate the things they are doing with windows, my last OS was XP. I found that the file path names were hidden by default and set out to change that. In doing so I changed the access permissions thinking that it would allow me to see the file paths and have access, but it didn't, although I did find out where to change the explorer settings so that I now can see the file path, even though it's not as complete as in XP. So here's the problem: I checked the access permissions on each user type to open things up, but now in explorer some of the folders appear as shortcuts with the little 'arrow in a box' icon, and when you try to open it, it refuses access. I'm thinking this might be to the changes in access permissions, but it might not be. Can anyone here help?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Vann, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Those are not real folders, but are actually junction points or symbolic links for backwards compatibility of older programs. These are protected OS files and should not be messed with.

    By default, you will not be able to open them since they are not a real folder.


    It would be best to have hidden files set to no longer show as per step 3 in the tutorial below to avoid accidentally doing something to them.
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Florida
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8


    Thank you so much Shawn. I will surely direct others to this forum. The store was ready to charge me $200 to work on something that I thought was a problem I had inadvertently created myself when I was only trying to make the OS functional to the level of all the previous windows versions, when it was actually just a weird quirk in Win 8. Microsoft seems to be devolving into something we can't even recognize. If you can't control something, you don't really own it, and your computer shouldn't be walled in so much that you can't even navigate through the folders. Thanks again.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    If you went up from XP to 8, then all of your files were moved to "Users" rather than "Documents and Settings" - Open the Users foilder, and look for your account, and any personal files should be in there - If not, check for a folder named "Windows.Old/Users"
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  6. #6


    Florida
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8


    I noticed that, they also have my docs under libraries now. At least now that I can see the file path I can learn my way around. Thx.
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  7. #7


    Nope Documents under Libraries is a Junction point/Hard Link as Shawn mentioned before. It just points to where the actual Documents folder resides which is \User\yourname\Documents.

    Once you get used to Libraries, they are pretty cool. An easy way to access similar data stored in different places, even different partitions or drives.
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  8. #8


    Florida
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8


    I'm getting adjusted to it, since I can see my way around now. I'm glad I found this forum.
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