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Access Denied to Documents and Settings
Access Denied? But I'm an admin you say! You cannot access folders like "Local Settings", "My Documents" and "Application Data" because in Vista they are actually located elsewhere. The dim icons with the shortcut links you see are actually referred to as "Junctions". These junctions are used by Vista for compatibility but really just redirect programs to the proper location in Vista. Now it would be helpful if the Windows File Explorer treated these like shortcuts and took you to the new location, but instead you get the very intuitive "Not accessible" / "Access Denied" error, leaving you to think changing permissions may be a good idea. Don't. Leave them alone and let Vista do it's thing. As a savvy Vista user, you should go to the new "proper" location and identify these locations as legacy remnants of days past.