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Why are many folders locked in Win8?

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    Why are many folders locked in Win8?


    I came directly from an XP Pro environment to Win8 having skipped both Vista and Win7. What is the deal with having so many folders locked up where you don't even see them let alone have access to them?

    Not even the Applications folder in Program Files is visible unless you take ownership. I spent almost two hours last night taking ownership of various folders that would normally be already owned by the Administrator in an XP environment.

    Why did MS do this? Why couldn't they just have hidden these system folders like they did in XP and previous versions with you having to specify "Show Hidden Files & Folders" in the folder options menu?

    Inquiring XP users want to know.

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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    You have to see it as a security to avoid an accidental delete. Mainly everyone run as admin.
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    Michael

    There are many, many changes, The introduction of libraries for one and the different locations of the things you are used to seeing and accessing. It makes WCP both more secure and more difficult to stuff up.

    There is also now a "trusted installer" that owns the setup process. Even Admins are locked out of it (under most circumstances)
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    Thanks for the reply. Yes, many new things to learn. I see a lot of familiar things, just not where I expect them to be. In some cases as I wrote above I don't see some things I'm used to seeing.

    I'll have control of that installer too, by the end of the week.

    Essentially, MS is saying that they don't trust anyone not to be ignorant enough to delete an important file or folder from their system. I didn't hear of these concerns in XP.

    After using for three days now nearly constantly, I canhonestly say this is the only thing I don't like about Win8. I guess I wouldn't have liked Vista or Win7 either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Yes, many new things to learn. I see a lot of familiar things, just not where I expect them to be. In some cases as I wrote above I don't see some things I'm used to seeing.

    I'll have control of that installer too, by the end of the week.

    Essentially, MS is saying that they don't trust anyone not to be ignorant enough to delete an important file or folder from their system. I didn't hear of these concerns in XP.

    After using for three days now nearly constantly, I can honestly say this is the only thing I don't like about Win8. I guess I wouldn't have liked Vista or Win7 either.

    I bet you will have control and let me know if you need help.


    Ken
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Many folders are not what they appear to be - they are special types of shortcuts or more properly called Junctions (or symbolic links), and they are there for compatibility with XP and earlier OS directory structures, so that older applications can still put stuff in the right places, even though Vista and Windows 7 and beyond now have different places to put stuff.

    Google NTFS Junctions symbolic links to become an expert in this topic.

    I agree that it's daft to have to see them, but you get used to them. It is of little use to change permissions and ownership in most cases since they lead nowhere.
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    Thanks. I'll have a` look at that after work tonight.

    I guess that depends upon where you want to go. I've managed to change the Map icon on the Metro desktop with one of my choosing after taking ownership of that folder
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