Solved Access is denied to Documents and Settings Folder

Gigabyte / Ga-78lmt-s2p
December 13, 2012 at 16:17:19
Specs: Windows 7 - 64Bit, 3.6 GHz / 8173 MB
I am the Administrator on my Win7/64bit system and I need to access the "Documents and Settings" folder to make changes to my Firefox installation. In the My Computer/Tools/Folder Options/View tab I have enabled "Show Hidden Folders" however when I click on the folder I see "Access is Denied". I need to make changes to the Firefox Profiles but I'm effectively snookered.

How can I gain access?

Regards.


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December 15, 2012 at 17:59:05
Step 1) Press Win+R
Step 2) (type) %appdata%
Step 3) Pick up at step 10 on that document you linked.

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#1
December 13, 2012 at 16:33:26
Use the "Users" folder instead.

EDIT: While I'm here, "Application Data" is now "AppData\Roaming."

C:\Users\Administrator>dir /ad
 Volume in drive C is Vista
 Volume Serial Number is F033-2967

 Directory of C:\Users\Administrator

05/10/2012  09:56 AM    <DIR>          .
05/10/2012  09:56 AM    <DIR>          ..
11/19/2011  09:25 PM    <DIR>          AppData
11/19/2011  09:25 PM    <JUNCTION>     Application Data [C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming]

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#2
December 13, 2012 at 20:52:27
Is YOUR account password protected?

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#3
December 14, 2012 at 00:52:51
No paul1149, none of the accounts arre password protected. I'm not at home right now but I'll try Razor2.3's suggestion later tonight.

As the saying goes... I'll be back!


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#4
December 14, 2012 at 04:47:46
I believe Windows requires a passworded log in to allow cross-user access. Otherwise you might have to go in and change Ownership of the folder hierarchy.

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#5
December 15, 2012 at 14:46:21
Thank you paul1149... it looks like I'll have to go down the "ownership" road. I just can not get in.

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#6
December 15, 2012 at 15:39:45
I don't think that's really the issue here.

Starting with Vista, the default paths changed. "Documents and Settings" became "Users." "Application Data" became "AppData\Roaming." "My Documents" became "Documents." This in and of itself is a fairly minor issue; the number of customers who'll need to know the changes are minor and hopefully they'll adapt quickly once they notice the old directories are gone.

The problem is the programmers who are bad at their jobs. These people hard-coded "Documents and Settings," instead of asking Windows. To accommodate the programs that assume "C:\Documents and Settings" will always exist, Microsoft set up a number of Junction Points, hid them, and configured their security to prevent people from using them normally.

• Bad programmers are happy. (They got you to buy their product with its quality issues.)
• Bad programs are happy. (They think "C:\Documents and Settings" still exists.)
• Microsoft is happy. (Hard coded paths won't prevent you from upgrading Windows.)
• Programs that enumerate files on the hard drive are happy. (They don't get stuck in an endless loop.)
• Users who don't look at hidden files are happy. (They see the new layout, and not the workaround Microsoft implemented.)
• CMD users and users who notice the shortcut icon on the folders are happy. (They can see it's not a real directory, and CMD users know where the link points.)
• Umbrella lovers are happy. (They have a Unicode character dedicated to umbrellas: ☂.)

The people who aren't happy are the guys following directions written for WinXP, who are left wondering why they can't access "Documents and Settings" anymore. Hopefully they'll use CMD to see "Documents and Settings" doesn't really exist anymore, and its replacement is "Users."

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#7
December 15, 2012 at 16:24:00
I'm not entirely clear on what's going on here. Razor, I assumed Ewen had simply misstated the folder he wanted to get into, because I have no "documents and settings" folder under Win7. And it seems Ewen is in explorer, not the command line, so I would think he wouldn't see it either.

The only other thing I can suggest is to start explorer in administrative mode. You may have to pin it to the Start menu first, then right-click it and 'run as administrator" to do so. And you have to be logged in under a passworded administrative account.


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#8
December 15, 2012 at 17:38:13
What I'm trying to achieve here is to restore Firefox to its default settings and I was using the steps in this post: http://gnoted.com/how-to-restore-al... Obviously it's an old posting that does not take the new changes into consideration. Perhaps Razor2.3 or yourself paul1149 could provide a better step by step procedure?

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#9
December 15, 2012 at 17:59:05
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Step 1) Press Win+R
Step 2) (type) %appdata%
Step 3) Pick up at step 10 on that document you linked.

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#10
December 15, 2012 at 18:08:38
You are a genius... thank you Razor123. This all came about on account of I wrecked my Firefox set-up, hopefully I can put it back together again.

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