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access documents and settings


hawkman

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#1
I would like to be able to access the detail within this folder.
Access is currently denied by the system for both local and Administrater users.(and only me on comp)
I have already changed Folders view> hidden/hide protected
still no joy

any comments or a tutorial as im not the only one who would like to view these details

Roy
 

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pbcopter

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#2
Documents and Settings is not a real folder. It is called a Junction and it is there to allow legacy programs to interface with the Windows 8 folder structure.

Windows 8 uses C:\Users to store what was once in Documents and settings.
 

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LMiller7

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#3
In Windows 2000 and XP the user profiles were stored in the "Documents and settings" folder. For a number of reasons this was changed in Vista and later to the "Users" folder. For properly written applications this would not be a problem but many tried to access the original folder directly and would have failed. To accommodate these old applications a junction or link was made to the new folder. This allows a single copy of a file to appear in multiple folders. Modern versions of Windows do quite a bit of this kind of thing.

Windows Explorer was specifically designed to deny access to the "Documents and settings" folder, regardless of the permissions set. Applications and some third party file managers are able to do so.
 

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hawkman

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#4
i know its a junction
but i need to acces files within it
ie main.ini files
 

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pbcopter

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#5
There are no files within. It points to C:\Users\*your user name*\Appdata and C:\Users\*your user name*\My Documents.

Appdata is a hidden folder.
 

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    INTEL Xeon E5-2670 LGA 2011
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    Gigabyte GA X79 UD5 v1.0 F13s
    Memory
    64GB (8 X 8 GB) G-Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3 2133 Quad Channel
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    EVGA GTX 1060 SC 3 GB
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