Accessing My Documents folder

Myself / NONE
January 14, 2009 at 23:09:10
Specs: Vista SP1, Core2
In Vista, I can access My Documents by clicking Documents on the Favorite Links column. But if I navigate to Users\Me\My Documents, the My Documents shows up as a shortcut, and I can't enter it; it says access denied. I was trying to upload a file, and the dialog box did not have the Favorite Links menu, so I couldn't get into there. How can I gain permission again?

- Eli

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January 15, 2009 at 06:07:46
The word ‘My’ has been dropped and the location of XP folders like Documents & Settings and History are no longer in the same place. They are displayed when ‘hidden files’ are displayed but they are ‘Junctions‘, i.e. they are there for historical reasons so that old programs that would normally use them are redirected to the new Vista locations. Junctions can be recognised by having a little curly up-arrow like a shortcut and cannot be accessed.

In Vista you can see a list of these folders using a command prompt. Click the Windows Orb (Start), type cmd and press Enter. Now type DIR /AL (the capitals are for clarity only but note the space) and press Enter. The results will be a list of all the Junctions for the user folders, showing the name of the old XP user folder and the name of the new folder in brackets.

If you want to move the 11 ‘User’ folders to a different location, read this

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January 15, 2009 at 23:36:20
Thanks; I glanced too quickly and missed that, only saw My Documents, but now I see the Documents link. Thanks.

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