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documents & settings not acessible

by joppyy / December 27, 2008 11:00 PM PST

when i try opening my documents & settings folder, a warning box pops open saying

C:\Documents & Settings is not accessible
Access is denied

how can i make that folder accessible so i can view whats in that folder

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Nothing there...
by John.Wilkinson / December 28, 2008 12:45 AM PST

Vista replaced C:\Documents & Settings with C:\Users...the former is just there for compatibility reasons, referring to the latter (it's actually a shortcut, not a true folder) and purposefully contains no files itself (technically incapable of doing do).

Hope this helps,

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Works fine here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2008 2:48 AM PST

Here's a dump of a command line inquisition of this directory (junction!)

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\>dir /a/p
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 5031-82EE

Directory of C:\

11/12/2008 11:45 AM <DIR> $RECYCLE.BIN
11/13/2008 10:23 AM 1,831 additdiag.txt
04/24/2008 09:23 PM 74 autoexec.bat
12/10/2008 01:01 PM <DIR> backup
02/08/2008 02:01 AM <DIR> boot
01/20/2008 09:24 PM 333,203 bootmgr
12/28/2008 11:40 AM <DIR> Config.Msi
09/18/2006 04:43 PM 10 config.sys
04/24/2008 09:53 PM <DIR> CVS
08/23/2008 09:57 AM <JUNCTION> Documents and Settings [C:\Users]
12/21/2008 02:13 PM 3,152,982,016 hiberfil.sys
07/22/2008 04:32 AM <DIR> HP
04/24/2008 09:00 PM 385 IPH.PH
11/12/2008 12:03 PM <DIR> MSOCache
12/21/2008 02:13 PM 3,466,776,576 pagefile.sys
01/20/2008 09:32 PM <DIR> PerfLogs
Press any key to continue . . .

C:\>cd "Documents and Settings"

C:\Documents and Settings>dir
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 5031-82EE

Directory of C:\Documents and Settings

File Not Found

C:\Documents and Settings>dir /a
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 5031-82EE

Directory of C:\Documents and Settings

File Not Found

C:\Documents and Settings>

So it's working just fine. Doing just what a Junction (Dir?) should do.

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This is the kind of thing I love about Microsoft
by drfugawe / January 10, 2009 6:42 AM PST
In reply to: Works fine here.

Every time MS makes a so called "improvement" to their OS, they fill it with these kinds of changes. I can't begin to tell you how much time I wasted trying to figure out the answer to this question! And I'll bet the MS designers never ever guessed anyone would be even a little confused at the change.

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you can
by abdallah9 / April 24, 2010 9:44 AM PDT

I found a solution to show the Documents and Settings
yesterday i open it
1. go to Organize
2. folder and search option
3.choose show all hidden files,folder and .... my computer and choose c:
5. right click on Documents and Settings then properties
6. choose security then advanced
7. on Permission choose change permission
8. for example if your account name in windows select it and choose Edit ...
9. give yourself full access and check the check box to apply it to all the folder
Documents and Settings contain .
note : if not do this issue for any folder do you want to open it
10 . enjoy !! windows 7

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by prshnt09 / April 2, 2013 10:39 PM PDT
In reply to: you can

it really worked. thanks buddy.

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