Can't open certain files

Posted: 02-23-2008, 07:31 PM
First, i'm a new user to Vista on a new Dell laptop. I created a user
account when i started Vista. When i open user accts I seem my user and it
says Administrator and Password protected under the user name. When i select
Change your account type, it shows me as be a standard user.

I can't open some folders such as Local Settings, My Documents, or NetHood.
What's going on?

Where is my Computer Administrator?
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Michael

Can't open certain files


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Michael
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RE: Can't open certain files
Posted: 02-23-2008, 07:37 PM
Title should be, Can't open certain folders.

Sorry, Michael


"Michael" wrote:
> First, i'm a new user to Vista on a new Dell laptop. I created a user
> account when i started Vista. When i open user accts I seem my user and it
> says Administrator and Password protected under the user name. When i select
> Change your account type, it shows me as be a standard user.
>
> I can't open some folders such as Local Settings, My Documents, or NetHood.
> What's going on?
>
> Where is my Computer Administrator?
> --
> Michael
Ronnie Vernon MVP
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Re: Can't open certain files
Posted: 02-23-2008, 08:44 PM
Michael

The default name and location of some user folders has changed in Vista. The
"My" designation has been retired.

The folders you are seeing (My Documents, Local Settings, NetHood, etc) are
not real folders, they are called Junctions and they are there for
compatibility purposes only. These junctions will redirect any older program
or application installations to the new location in Vista. You can identify
these junctions by the shortcut arrow that appears on the folder icon.

Example: The C:\Documents and Settings folder is now called C:\Users.
Example: The My Documents folder is now simply called Documents. It still
appears under the Users/username folder.

It's very important to understand that these junctions do not contain any
useful information and should not be opened or used like a regular folder.

There is a website that explains this in detail and has a list of the old
folders that you saw in XP with their new names/locations in Vista.

Windows Vista Junction Points:
http://www.svrops.com/svrops/articles/jpoints.htm



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Ronnie Vernon
Microsoft MVP
Windows Desktop Experience


"Michael" <Michael@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:3369CB6E-5775-44B0-8E52-FA52BE47AB9D@microsoft.com...
> First, i'm a new user to Vista on a new Dell laptop. I created a user
> account when i started Vista. When i open user accts I seem my user and
> it
> says Administrator and Password protected under the user name. When i
> select
> Change your account type, it shows me as be a standard user.
>
> I can't open some folders such as Local Settings, My Documents, or
> NetHood.
> What's going on?
>
> Where is my Computer Administrator?
> --
> Michael
 
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