What is 'windows apps' hidden folder and why can't I access it?

For some reason my 'WindowsApps folder is on my D drive with all my data. I  was accessing my 'User' folder & somehow managed to move it into 'WindowsApps' folder. (don't ask). I can see the 'Users' folder there but am denied access. Have tried accessing the 'WindowsApps' folder as per 'Gain access to to the folder C:\Program Files\WindowsApps query, (with appropriate modification) but to no avail. Cmd prompt gives

'D:\WindowsApps\Users:  Bad Data.

Successfully processed 1files;  Failed processing 1 files.

All my data, photos & audio is in the 'User' folder so badly need access.

Hi,

WindowsApp folder is where modern apps sandboxed from everything in the system which makes them rather secure compared to other desktop programs. To get access to the WindowsApps folder, follow the steps below:

  1. Right-click on the folder and then select Properties.
  2. Select Security tab and click on the Advanced button.
  3. Once on Advanced Security Settings, click on the Change link. You will receive a UAC (User Access Control) prompt. Click Yes to continue.
  4. Now the window will show you all the permissions of the WindowsApps folder. As you can see, this folder belongs to the system, thus you are not able to access it. To change it, click Change link appearing next to TustedInstaller.
  5. The above action will open the Select User or Group window. Here enter your administrator username and click on Check Names. This action will automatically fill in the object name. Now, click on OK to continue.
  6. Here in the main window, you can see the that the owner of the folder has been changed to your specified administrator account. Before applying the change, make sure that the Replace owner on sub containers and objects checkbox is selected. Otherwise, you won’t be able to interact with other files and folders inside the WindowsApps folder.
  7. After you’ve done everything, click OK to save the changes.
  8. As soon as you click on the OK button, Windows starts to change the file and folder permissions. This process may take some time, so sit back and wait until the process is completed.
  9. Once the file and folder permissions have been changed, you can easily access it like any other folder in the Program Files folder as long as you are an administrator or have administrator rights.

 

Let us know how it goes.

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Thank you for your quick & lucid reply, very easy to follow.

     It seemed to work, then I got the response 'Bad Data.'  How do I work round that?

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Managed to get round my problem by simply renaming the 'WindowsApps' folder as per ;- 

'Error 0x80090005: Bad Data; Error to delete a file, Protected file, Win 10'   response by bharat_krishan

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Just to clarify, are you able now to access the user files?

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