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    My documents and settings folder has a padlock by it. When I try to open it I get a message saying it is not accessible. Access denied. Also the My Music, My Pictures and My Videos folders in the Public Documents folder are also inaccessible. Why?
    As far as I know I am logged on as administrator. how do I check this? I am the only person who uses Windows 7 on this computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen47 View Post
    My documents and settings folder has a padlock by it. When I try to open it I get a message saying it is not accessible. Access denied. Also the My Music, My Pictures and My Videos folders in the Public Documents folder are also inaccessible. Why?
    As far as I know I am logged on as administrator. how do I check this? I am the only person who uses Windows 7 on this computer.
    Stehhen

    Win 7 uses folders differently. It has links to the legacy folders so that older apps can find and install there. You should not need acess to the locked folders but if for some reason you still want it you can take ownership of them by right clicking and permissions. Either take ownership or add yourself to the group that currently owns them

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    I tried right clicking properties and permission then I tried to allow "Everyone" to share but I was not able to accomplish this. Also Why is the recycle bin locked?

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    Stephen47,
    You mentioned your "documents and settings" folder has a padlock. To my knowledge there is NO folder called "documents and settings" in the standard Windows 7 configuration.

    You also mentioned "My Music, My Pictures and My Videos folders" in the "Public Documents" folder. Again Windows 7 does NOT put these particular folders in "Public Documents".

    Perhaps you were not being very precise when citing which folders were giving you problems. If that is the case you may wish to restate your problem so that readers of this column can better understand your situation.

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    One quick check is to see if it is 'owned' by a different user. If you have more than one user, you cannot 'see' the other user's files. I add in haste that that is not the necessarily most likely answer, but it is a quick one to check. Just log on as the other user and see if you can see it then.

    Edited to add that just because you are logged on as Administrator is not the same as having full Administrator rights (don't ask me - I didn't write the program). For that, right-click and then left-click on 'Run as Administrator'. That really just applies to programs in my mind, but I haven't checked it before posting.

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    John:
    here are two screen shots. One of a folder called "documents and settings" the other of the folders I mentioned in Public documents.
    I didn't create either of these folders or their locked contents.
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    Stephen 47

    I apologize. "Documents and Settings" is, in fact, listed in C Drive. I have googled this and asked some learned friends. The "Documents and Settings" folder is said to have been placed on C Drive "for continuity purposes". It apparently does NOT have the normal properties expected of a folder and for everyday users can be ignored.

    Your data should be stored in User/ My Documents, User/My Pictures, User/My Videos, and User/My Music. IF you have this structure and your data is in these folders, then I would suppose you could delete My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos, and My Music from the Public Folder. Then again you might want to wait for a period of time and/or get a second opinion from a techie you can trust.

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    This "Documents and Settings" folder is there "Hidden" so the older programs that were written to use it will be redirected to the "Users" folder.

    You need to turn off the displaying of these Hidden system folders, then you will not be trying to use them. They are there for MACHINE use only, do NOT change anything including the ownership, as it just may mess things up for you.

    Microsoft does hide these folders and files for real good reasons

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveA View Post
    Microsoft does hide these folders and files for real good reasons
    And the reason for hiding filename extensions is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterg View Post
    And the reason for hiding filename extensions is?
    I said NOTHING about hiding "extensions" now did I?

    I think that the hiding of ANY extension should be removed from the core of the OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveA View Post
    I said NOTHING about hiding "extensions" now did I?

    I think that the hiding of ANY extension should be removed from the core of the OS.
    Quite so. I just couldn't resist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterg View Post
    And the reason for hiding filename extensions is?
    Most likely just to shorten the length of the name to save space. But is nothing to do with the problem outlined.
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    See this thread, I believe we have covered this or something similar. Search the forum.


    It's part of a wider security modicum designed by Microsoft in consultation and collaboration with advice from the NSA,
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