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Vista and later versions of Windows use a new concept of hidden junctions. In Windows Explorer, these junctions appear as hidden shortcuts, with File Folder properties.
They were created to make older XP-era program installations work. These installations use default XP folder names and locations that have been moved and renamed. Vista automatically redirects all attempts to access these folders.
The most common junction is "Documents and Settings" which is now "Users".
Dialog may appear differently depending on Windows 7 style options and where it occurs.
The stated reason for all these complications was to make shorter
directory names, a desirable goal. While the implementation is functionally
fine and gets around a number of thorny issues, we think the Windows
team dropped the ball in making it quite confusing to XP users
transitioning to later OSes such as Vista and Windows 7.
To see a list of all the Junctions on your system:
Press the Windows-key + R to open the Run dialog.
In the Run box, type: cmd
Change to the C: drive (if not there already) by typing c:
Change to the root (if not already there) by typing dir \
Now type the command to see all the Junctions: dir /al /s
For the last step, if you wish to capture the list in a file c:\junctions.txt, type:
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