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How do I open the Documents and Settings folder in Windows 7?

Asked by HungryGuy (16002points) June 20th, 2010

When I click on Documents and Settings, it tells me that Access is Denied. This is my own computer and I had thought that maybe I was logged on as a non-administrator account, but I juct checked and I’m using an administrator account. What do I need to do to give myself the authority?

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jaytkay's avatar

Maybe it’s defunct and everything is now in the Users directory?

On my Vista machine, “C:\Documents and Settings” is just a shortcut and “Access is Denied”.

“In Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn”, the default locations for user data and system data have changed. For example, user data that was previously stored in the %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings directory is now stored in the %SystemDrive%\Users directory. In order to minimize the amount of application compatibility problems users would experience due to the change in folders names, such as C:\Documents and Settings moving to C:\Users, Microsoft employed junction points. ”

HungryGuy's avatar

Aha! You’re probably right. I just booted Linux for a few minutes, and when I mounted the Win 7 C: drive, I couldn’t find the D&S folder.

Stupid Microsoft! Always changing things around (grumble, grumble)...

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Everything is in Users/YourUserName/ in 7. However, you can right click any folder that denies you access and click “take ownership” and it will let you through. However, D&S is just a shortcut to the Users in 7 as well.

HungryGuy's avatar

Okay. Sounds good. What I’m up to is I just watched a long video on YouTube. I want to copy it to my external drive to save it. I used to do this on XP by going to D&S and then Temporary Internet Files and then find the latest .FLV file there. Where is the equvalent to Temporary Internet Files on Win 7?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@HungryGuy Are you using IE or Firefox or what?

HungryGuy's avatar

I’m still using IE. I just got this machine and haven’t bothered to change much around or customize it yet.

Anyway, if y’all excuse me for a while, I’m gonna go steal a motorcycle and get chased around by the cops for a while…

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Check C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Temp
If it isn’t there, you can go to and put in the YouTube url and download it like that, plus it gives you an mp4 version which is good cuz flv makes my system flip out.

HungryGuy's avatar

@papayalily – Thanks! That clip nabber thing works pretty good.

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