How do I unlock Documents and Settings?

How do I unlock Documents and Settings?
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How do I unlock Documents and Settings?


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The C:\Documents and Settings folder is what's called a Junction, it is not a real folder. This folder was used in previous versions (XP) to hold all of the users files. This location was changed in Windows 7 to  C:\Users.

 

A Junction is used to redirect a program to a different location for backward compatibility purposes. When a program that was developed for Windows XP  is installed in Windows 7, it may be hard coded to look for the Documents and Settings folder. When it tries to access the Documents and Settings Junction, it will be automatically directed to the Users folder.

 

This Junction allows the older program to install and work. This backward compatibility is the only reason that the Documents and Settings Junction is present on the system. There are many other Junction points in Windows 7 and these can be recognized by the Shortcut Arrow or Padlock overlay on the Junction icon.

 

All of these Junctions have the permissions set to Everyone = Access Denied. This is done to protect them from accidental deletion or permission changes. You should not change any of these properties, because doing so can cause some programs to qiut working or prevent some programs from installing.

 

Hope this helps and let us know if you have more questions.

 

Thank You for using Windows 7


Ronnie Vernon MVP

 

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What are you trying to ask?
 
If you are seeing C:\Documents and Settings" - in Windows 7 that is *not* what you might think it is. ;-)  Look under C:\Users.
 
Take Ownership if you still want to try and do anything under Documents and Settings - but it's not what you might think it is.

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