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    Hidden system folders

    I have just set up a couple of new laptops that came with Windows 7 Professional already installed. Inside the C:\Users\[User]\Documents folder on both computers are three folders named "My Documents", "My Pictures" and "My Videos", which are only visible when the "Hide protected operating system files" option is disabled, and when I attempt to open them, it says "Location is not available. C:\Users\[User]\Documents\My Documents [or Pictures, or Videos]" is not accessible. Access is denied." The icon looks like a shortcut, and the properties just says "File folder"

    What are these folders, do I need them, and if not, how can I remove them?

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    These are Junction Points (They have what appears to be a Shortcut Arrow on them) Read about Junction Points.
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    The folders are there to provide backward compatibility for programs that do not understand the Windows 7 file structure. The Junction point provides an automatic mechanism for those programs to access the correct folder.

    You should leave the folders alone.

    Joe

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