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Thread: Access denied to Documents and Settings, but I am an administrator

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    Mick B Guest

    Access denied to Documents and Settings, but I am an administrator

    I have hidden files and show System files ticked / unticked in folder
    options. I can see all files. When I go into c:\documents and settings I get
    access denied. This is a shortcut /junction. I am in the administrator group.
    Does anyone else have this problem? Thanks. Mick

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    Dave Guest

    Re: Access denied to Documents and Settings, but I am an administrator

    There's nothing to see. It's not a directory. You know it's a junction.
    Leave it alone. It's not a problem.

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    Michael Guest

    Re: Access denied to Documents and Settings, but I am an administrator

    This is correct operation. Access to junctions is strictly restricted.

  4. #4
    Mick B Guest

    Re: Access denied to Documents and Settings, but I am an administr

    Thanks for the quick answer. I still think it is strange to have a juction
    that I can not use as a shortcut. Thanks again for your wisdom.

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    dean-dean Guest

    Re: Access denied to Documents and Settings, but I am an administr

    I think MS could have alleviated a lot of confusion regarding Junctions,
    Symbolic Links, etc, by giving those types a different icon. As it stands,
    they appear in Windows Explorer as hidden shortcuts to folders, using the
    same icon as shortcut (.lnk) files that point to folders. However,
    right-clicking on a Junction, for instance, and looking at Properties,
    reveals that it is not an .lnk file, but called a File or File Folder,
    depending on the Properties of the folder the Junction is pointing to.

  6. #6
    Ronnie Vernon MVP Guest

    Re: Access denied to Documents and Settings, but I am an administrator

    Mick

    Go to the following website, Jimmy B. has a very good explanation of
    Junctions and what they are used for on that page.

    Why do I get an Access Denied error when trying to open a folder?:
    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/Security/junctions.aspx

  7. #7
    James Matthews Guest

    Re: Access denied to Documents and Settings, but I am an administrator

    Execute explorer as an admin!

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    fioraval Guest

    Re: Access denied to Documents and Settings, but I am an administr

    I how understand why I cannot access these junctions. When I bought a new PC
    with Vista, I had to transfer my XP Outlook Express Inbox, and Sent
    directories, but only the Inbox transferred. I was going to copy the Sent
    directory into Windows Mail, but I cannot drill down into the Application
    Data directory due to this 'access denied' junction issue. Comments?

  9. #9
    Jane C Guest

    Re: Access denied to Documents and Settings, but I am an administr

    Hi fioraval,

    Try here:

    C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Local Folders

    You will need to make sure that in folder options you have 'show hidden
    files and folders' checked.

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