Folders have lock symbol. Dont want any locks

i am trying to find the .nk2 file in outlook to restore my autofill lists when i start typing a name in the address box of an outlook e mail.  the problem is that certain folders have a lock symbol on them like documents and settings.  i keep having to go into advanced for each folder to give myself permissions.,  i am the only user and part of the administrators group.  i dont want any locks on any folders.  how do i globally remove this annoyance?
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Try a new user account and check if the issue gets fixed.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/Fix-a-corrupted-user-profile


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Hello Zuluflight,

 

Welcome to the Microsoft Answers Community!

 

The reason you are running into the folders with locks on them is because those folders are junction points. A junction point is a folder that allows programs designed for older operating systems to still function correctly with the new folder layout.

 

For example: Documents and Settings has been changed to Users

 

Both Documents and Settings and Users exist as folders, but Documents and Settings is a junction folder pointing to the folder Users.

 

Think of junction points as a redirector.

 

Unfortunately you would run into problem with programs that are not written for the new file system, so it is recommended to not remove the junction point folders.

 

Hope that helps, look forward to hearing back from you.


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