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'Documents and Settings' and 'My Documents' query

Q: 'Documents and Settings' and 'My Documents' query

My girlfriend logs on with her user name Mary at the and and query Documents' 'My 'Documents Settings' XP Pro welcome screen Hers is the only user name shown In Control Panel Windows Accounts she is listed as the only user In Windows Explorer C Documents and Settings there are four folders All Users Config msi empty Default User Ex-husband s name it used to be his computer so somehow he is still around All the user data of my girlfriend is actually saved in folder four Also a At the top of the Windows Explorer tree the My Documents folder points to Ex-husband s My Documents folder b Later in the tree there is another folder called Mary s Documents which also points to Ex-husband s My Documents folder and contains the same files So my questions are 'Documents and Settings' and 'My Documents' query Can I 'Documents and Settings' and 'My Documents' query safely change folder four to my girlfriend s name Should can this be done in Windows Explorer or somewhere else Can should I delete the folder called Mary s Documents which simply reproduces the files in Ex-husband s My Documents Can I safely delete the folders All Users and Default User which do not contain my girlfriend s user data Can I safely delete the empty Config msi folder I would like to keep the My Documents folder which shows at the top of the folder tree as it is convenient for my girlfriend to find 'Documents and Settings' and 'My Documents' query I hope this makes sense Any suggestions much appreciated Swish nbsp

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A: 'Documents and Settings' and 'My Documents' query

1) I wouldn't, but it can probably be's hard to redirect those stupid Windows links. You could create your own shortcut to "Mary's Documents", copy the contents of the ex-husband's folder to the Mary's documents, then you should be able to delete it.

2) For safety's sake I wouldn't, but you could give it a shot... (or do what I said above)

3)No, they are default folders that WIndows uses for some mysterious purposes.

4)Definitely not!

5)Go to to find a registry hack which will let you delete the My Documents folders. Then add the new shortcut above.

Remember, if you delete something you shouldn't have, you can restore it from the recycling bin!:grinthumb
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running xp home sp2.

any suggestions?

oh, I did a google for solutions and various pages often suggested I turn off simple file sharing, but the option is non existant under my file/view menu...

A:Access Denied to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents

It sounds to me as though the administrator has made that directory path private. Are you the admin, and if so, are you logged into a user account with admin rights? If all else fails, reboot and log into the Administrator account and go to the control panel/users and change your preferred account status. While you're there, unlock the problem path to allow all users to view.

Good Luck!
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A:C:\Documents and Settings\all users\documents DENIED!!!

It looks like one of the junction points that provides some backwards compatibility and which shows when unhiding files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View. There is no Documents and Settings folder in Win7, except as a junction point.

Read more about junction points here:

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A:C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents

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A:Viewing the documents library displays my documents folder

Hello John, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like the default Arrange by, Sort by, or Group by folder view of the "Documents" library has been changed. You might see if doing what's in the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial below to click on Clear changes in the "Arrange by" (on toolbar) drop down menu may help.

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A:documents and settings

Quote: Originally Posted by 3doz

how can I change this directory so I can get ito it
I have tried the normal and it stops me every time

the reason I have a program tmpgenc that places a lic file in a sub directory
once the program stuffs up it cant be reinstalled untill this file is deleted


Hi 3doz and welcome
I suspect that even if you could get the lic in there it would probably not run. Its an XP app, I suspect it would have more problems than just that. My question is do you have a machine that can run a virtual machine (IE XP mode)?

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Have you tried simple replacement of the folders by cut-and-paste?

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A:Documents and settings

Is it possible that, at some time, you have reinstalled or repaired XP over a previous on?? It seems to look like that. I believe your other diectories (Administrator Bell:All users Windows: Default user Windows: Jen-G bell: Jen-G-1 Bell: Jen-G-2 Bell: Jen-Guy Roberge Bell dje10d8h06, are all from a previous installation. This is the procedure I would follow.
1. Back up the whole lot.
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Hi cotk69...

where did you back up the Documents and Settings folder to?
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A:Documents & Settings

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

It sounds as though loads of different user accounts have been set up on your computer.

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A:Can't see Documents and Settings?

Quote: Originally Posted by markg2

I've set my C:\ drive to share all. I've set the security for all logons to Allow All and yet I do not see the directory Documents and Settings. What appears to be that which used to be under same is now under Users.... Is there no longer a Docs and Settings?


No Docs & Settings under windows 7!

Now, It should be set under C:\Users\Your Account\
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A:How to save documents to Word Documents in Windows 10?

I'm not understanding you. Whenever you save a document it always goes into a folder somewhere - there is nowhere else it can go. It can go into a folder named "Word Documents" or "Word" if you wish, but otherwise I don't get what you mean by saving it in Word.Excuse me if I'm somehow missing something basic here - it can happen LOL.EDIT: Maybe it's some Windows 10 thing I've not run into.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek
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A:Start menu> Documents> Documents Missing

Hello Dinah,

Welcome to the Forum.

Please take a look at this guide Personal User Folder - Restore Missing Folder I hope it will help you.
Go to the option three and download Restore_Documents_Default_Location.reg file.

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A:word documents saved as wordpad documents

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- Windows is clean from malwares etc. See here.
- Tried these:
this workaround:
(actually the same:)
this whole thread:
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A:No "User's Documents" and "Shared Documents" under My Computer

Probably (IMO) a case of damaged files.
I would try running the sfc /scannow command.
How To Use SFC Scannow to Repair Windows System Files -
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A:Can't get documents to show up in Recent Documents after removing...
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A:Documents and settings locked

Documents and Settings?

You must have gone the upgrade route I take it?

Try download SurF File Manager. It will get you into most locked folders.

BTW, it's not your average Windows explorer replacement.
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A:access documents and settings

Documents and Settings is not a real folder. It is called a Junction and it is there to allow legacy programs to interface with the Windows 8 folder structure.

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I appreciate any help!

A:XP Documents and Settings Permissions?

Hi and Welcome,
More than likely it is a permissions issue. As far as the fix, first, what do you mean by "the install became corrupt and unfixable"? Can you give us some info on this?
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A:Documents And Settings Problem

Tools - Options - File Locations

Change the documents location
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A:[Help] Documents and Settings deleted.

Help me to repair my WINDOWS XP OS.Click to expand...

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A:Documents and Settings folder gone?!

Microsoft did not trash the "Documents and Settings" folder in Vista; they renamed it "Users."
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A:Deleted the Documents and Settings

create new accounts and reinstall programs or just reinstall windows
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A:How can I open Documents and Settings

Originally Posted by hlaskin

I need to be able to get into C:\Documents and Settings and VISTA Home Premium 64 bit does not allow me.

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A:Can't access Documents and Settings

To clarify, you want to access documents on HDD2, in the Vista x64 file structure from HDD1, running Windows XP 32 bit?

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A:Documents and Settings: 2000 = XP?

First, I would just copy parts of it:
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A:Documents and Settings\User


Firstly you can run chkdsk - hopefully that will sort out the strange file name:
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A:Documents And Settings Folder On C:\ And D:\

Apparently, this can happen if you attempt to (or inadvertently) install XP over top of an existing XP installation: See here:, his ended up on C and yours ended up on D. How? I don't know but I would be willing to guess that if you did a full format, then recreated your partitions, and then did the full reinstall on C, your problems would go away... I know it didn't take a brain surgeon to figure that one out but at least the above thread might give you some idea as to how you ended up where you are today.
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A:documents and settings folder


You probably know that the C:\Documents and Settings folder doesn’t exist anymore in Vista. It was replaced by the C:\Users and C:\ProgramData. Vista uses symbolic links pointing to these new folders for compatibility reasons. However, many guides still refer to the old folder structure. There is a simple trick for using the old folder name in Windows Explorer, though. This way you can find configuration files easier.

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You can, however, navigate to subfolders of Document and Settings by entering the corresponding folder name in the address bar of Windows Explorer. For example, just type C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\ and you will see all of the user profiles’ subfolders, you know from Windows XP.

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A:Desktop vs. Documents and Settings

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A:Moving Documents&Settings

It's easy to move the default locations to another drive. However, if you do this on an established, well used computer, moving your program files folder will cause programs to stop working, and will cause all your shortcuts to the programs to stop working. It's best to move from the default locations on a system in which windows has just been installed, but before you start installing stuff. In other words, do the moving when you're first setting up a computer. Doing it later can cause a lot of problems.

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You can right-click my documents in the start menu or desktop and select properties. You'll see a button that says "move". Use caution. I'm just going to give you fair warning, it could screw up lots of things. If it does, you can always restore it to default.

It would help to know your goal in doing this. Why are you wanting to move them, what are you hoping to accomplish? Do you want to move them to another physical drive, or simply a different drive letter (partition) on the same physical drive? If I knew, I could provide further advice.
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A:Documents and Settings folder in XP

All Users, Default User, LocalService, NetworkService and Freya are normal.

The others result from things like removed accounts and Windows reinstalls over top of what's already there.

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A:probelm with win xp documents and settings

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A:Documents & Settings... + Other issues

Hi astalavista,

In vista you will find what look like folders for all the usual suspects from XP My documents Documents & settings and so on

These are not folders but what Microsoft calls Junctions (on other operating systems they are known as symbolic links)

They are basically a type of shortcut used to point programs looking for the old locations to the correct vista location

They are not editable even by the admin

You can create them yourself - do a search on "vista symbolic links" on MS site to get full info

If you type "mklink /? at a command prompt you will see some of the options available

hope this helps
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Computer Information:

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
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A:HELP: Access to Documents and Settings/

Sure this is a stupid question, but did you check Control PAnel/Users just to make sure there arnt any other users loaded
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A:[SOLVED] documents and settings not on C

I recommend that you move your My Documents folder and your Desktop to your D: drive, as well as any other files (pictures, videos etc) that you might consider irreplaceable.

You can use Tweak UI:

Download > Install > Open it > expand My Computer > click on Special Folders > select Desktop > click on Change Location and select a place on your D: drive.
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A:Can't find Documents and Settings

Because what you are looking for is in C:\Users\[username]\Documents
Documents and Settings is no longer what you use like you did in Windows XP.
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A:Documents and Settings-users

Is it a recovery disk or an actual Install disk? Just create a new user and delete the Owner one.
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A:C:\documents and settings\all users is gone!

Hi Seth

You might first check to see if those pesky students changed the folder's properties to hidden - just as a prank [set the View in Windows Explorer to show hidden files temporarily].

That's the nice thing about having a backup image handy = they are great for computer labs at schools.

Best of luck
. . . Gary
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A:Can't access Documents and Settings

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A:Documents & Settings Access

Try this:
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A:Folders in C:\Documents and Settings

The trial program wouldn't happen to be called aston shell would it? Or something similar.
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A:Alternative to Documents & Settings

Docs and Settings is still kinda there but it's hidden. That's besides the point though.

I dont remember the exact path but go to Start > Programs then right click a folder and open or explore and open or explore All Users. Go up a couple of levels till you're at Start Menu and you got both folders.
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A:C:\Documents and Settings has become in-accessible

Hello Bill,

That's because that location is a junction point and not a real folder. These junction points are used for backwards compatibility for older programs that still reference the old location in XP and prior instead of the new location in Vista and Windows 7.

Your My Documents folder, without the shortcut arrow on it, is actually located at this location instead:

C:\Users\(user-name)\My Documents

Hope this helps,
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A:Moving Documents and settings folder

nope..all your login, desktop settings, data for all programs is there..
you can copy..but i think you would get errors saying its write protected or w.e!