Folder Access Denied for Windows 7 Administrator

My Windows 7 crashed.

I need to reset a number of data files in my application data folders. However I cannot open these folders as "access is denied" e.g.

C:\Users\<ME AS ADMINSTRATOR>\AppData\Local\Application Data is not accessible. Access is denied.

Same "Access is Denied" with documents and settings, history, temp internet files, cookies etc. {edit: and LOCAL SETTINGS - this is getting critical - please help!!}

I have tried:

PROPERTIES > SECURITY TAB - administrator has greyed allow ticks against all - still cannot access folders
RESETTING SECURITY DEFAULTS - as per other solution for Vista - still cannot access folders

Please help.

 

 

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Last updated October 15, 2018 Views 180,365 Applies to:
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Those are junction points : hidden, protected operating system files that are not meant to be accessed by users.
Each one points to a user-accessible folder:

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
My Documents - C:\Users\{user name}\Documents
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
Steve Winograd

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