> I need to change contents of User folders? How do I do that?
I'm not sure what you mean? You shouldn't be having any problems working
with the actual user folders in Vista?
Can you be more specific about what you are doing and the problems you are
If the problem is that you are trying to move files from an XP installation
to the same, exact folder in Vista then you just need to understand that the
folder names and locations have changed in Vista.
An example of this change is the Documents and Settings folder in XP. It was
changed from "Documents and Settings" to "Users" in Vista.
To enable legacy programs to work on Vista a junction point called Documents
and Settings is present on Vista. This junction is used when a legacy
program is installed and the installation program looks for the Documents
and Settings folder, it will find this junction and be silently redirected
to the Users folder.
This junction contains no files or sub-folders or any other useful
information, it only exists to redirect installation programs to the new
Vista location. The junction point also has a special set of permissions
that deny access to anyone trying to make changes to the junction point. You
should never try to change the permissions on a junction.
If you are moving files from an XP installation to a Vista installation you
need to understand which folder the files need to be moved to in Vista.
To see all of these junctions with their location in XP and their new
location in Vista, perform the following.
Go to Start and type: cmd.exe In the results, right click the cmd.exe
item and select Run As Administrator from the pop-up menu.
This will open a command prompt window.
In the command prompt window type: cd\ and press Enter.
At the C:\> prompt type the following.
dir /aL /s > c:\users\<username>\desktop\JunctionPoints.txt
NOTE: Replace "<username>" with your login name. Include the spaces in
This will place the JunctionPoints.txt file on your desktop.
Open this file in Notepad and you will see a list of all the junctions with
their old XP location followed by the new Vista location in Brackets.
Documents and Settings [C:\Users]
Application Data [C:\ProgramData]
SendTo [C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Wind ows\SendTo]
This file will show you the junctions for the system as well as each user
account of the system.
Let me know if this answers your questions or if you need more help.
"weary" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> What is the fix? I need to change contents of User folders? How do I do
> Do you have any links to "fix" this? If I can not edit my folder
> contents, what use is my computer? I know that sounds facitious(sp?), but
> dont' get it.
> "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:
>> When you move to a new operating system, you need to learn what has
>> changed in the new OS.
>> The folders you are trying to open are not real folders, they are called
>> Junctions and they are only there for backward compatibility with XP.
>> Go to the following website and you will see a more detailed explanation.
>> This website also has a list of the old folders in XP and their new
>> in Vista.
>> Why do I get an Access Denied error when trying to open a folder?:
>> Ronnie Vernon
>> Microsoft MVP
>> Windows Shell/User
>> "Cheryl" <Cheryl@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > 1. I am the administrator. I am the only user. It is MY computer. I
>> > cannot
>> > access files on my Vista computer that I routinely access on my XP
>> > computer
>> > including application data. I do not want all this "help" and
>> > "security."
>> > I
>> > want to access any and all files on my computer. How do I fix it so I
>> > can?
>> > 2. I want to access this computer from other computers on my network.
>> > IOWs,
>> > I want to share ALL my files with any computer on my network. How do I
>> > fix
>> > it
>> > so I can do that?