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Can anyone help me find my way through Windows 7 to this part of Microsoft's secret lair of original software?

Asked by anartist (14803points) November 19th, 2011

The person below said exactly what I was going to say on the Microsoft Answers site about my Windows 7 problem, and got the crappiest answer imaginable. I want to access “Docs and Settings” to tweak things I need to tweak on a new computer setup, not look at docs, pics, or movies—but it seems I am being denied access!

I can’t open the “My documents and settings” folder, it says I don’t have permission. I’ve tried to change the security settings to allow me full control, but despite being an administrator I still ‘don’t have permission’. I am the only user account on the computer. No other user accounts are visible so why can’t I change things on my own computer? Do you have any ideas that might help me?

According to the Microsoft site: The “My Documents and Settings” is not a folder used anymore, it is a “junction point, to redirect older programs to the new folders now in the Users folder.” It is intended that users have no access to these junction points

What’s a poor self-admin to do who just wants to transfer her Mozilla bookmarks/history .json file [and similar tasks] to a new computer?

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XOIIO's avatar

Create a new admin account and leave it default and try from there, that may work.

dappled_leaves's avatar

There is no longer any such thing as “Documents and Settings” in Windows (as of Vista). The current equivalent is the “Users” folder:

Computer > C: > Users

anartist's avatar

@dappled_leaves but there’s nothing but crap on User folder. I need to work on my system, not my data! @ETpro @jerv where are you?

XOIIO's avatar

Why not change folder properties to show file extensions and just search for *.json

I though firefox saved stuff to the appdata directory though

jerv's avatar

What you are looking for is also in a hidden folder within C:/users/anartist.

However, you can also just Export your Firefox bookmarks to a different location. Sure, you will wind up with two copies, but at least one of them will be wherever you decide it to be and thus save you some searching.

ETpro's avatar

@anartist See if this helps.

anartist's avatar

@jerv in the short run yes I just imported the .jsdon file and it worked. Thanks.
@ETpro thanks for the wisegeek lead—will check out! thanks guys!
Won’t let this 7 beat me up!

dappled_leaves's avatar

So glad they were able to help you.

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