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cannot access hidden file folders "Application Data", "My Documents", "Local Settings" etc.

I have some hidden items in the directory of my windows user account that look like shortcuts but are of type File Folder and are named "Application Data", "My Documents", "Local Settings" etc.

If I try to access the folder it says:

C:\Users\xx\My Documents\ is not accesible.

Access Denied

 

Where do they come from and can I delete the ?

 

This is, apart from the default Windows user accounts, the only user account on this system which of course also is an Administrator account. 

 

...I also have the same message when I try to access Documents and Settigs on my C-drive..  

 

A clarification would be much appreciated!!

 

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Last updated July 18, 2018 Views 1,511 Applies to:
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These items are not folders - they are Junction Points. They are there to allow legacy applications to use the new Vista/Windows 7 file structure.

Here's a list of all the junction points and the Windows 7 folders they point to:

C:\Documents and Settings - C:\Users\{user name}\Documents
 Application Data - C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming
 Cookies - C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies
 History - C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History
 Local Settings - C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local
 NetHood - C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
 PrintHood - C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts
 Recent - C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
 SendTo - C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
 Start Menu - C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
 Templates - C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming
 Temporary Internet Files - C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary  Internet Files

More info on Junction Points here:

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

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